Last ride for 2015 …….

….and can’t wait to see what riding 2016 has to offer.

Two up to Timboon ….. and home via the 12 Apostles

Mrs T and I were greeted with a beautiful sunny morning and a forecast of a pleasant 24C for our last ride for 2015. Our destination was the Timboon distillery for lunch via backroads and then home along a short section of the Great Ocean Road. Mrs T actually cheated and drove her car to friends’ place 70 kms away and then rode pillion for the ride loop. We wanted to keep away from the main parts of the GOR due to the recent and ongoing bushfires there.

Map

I made a decision to travel to Timboon along the Carlisle River road which weaves through heavy bush that grows virtually up to the roadside, with just a very small margin of green grass on the road verge. Taking that route in the morning was a bit of a mistake as there were a number of small black wallabies on the road verge who were very difficult to see in in shadows. I didn’t spot the first two which Mrs T spotted and alerted me to. I then slowed down, kept my eyes peeled and subsequently spotted another four. Fortunately none hopped out in front of us!

We pulled up at a nice little spot in Simpson for morning coffee. In what is an otherwise unremarkable little township, there is a lovely little picnic area complete with a small man-made lake.

After a drink and reading some of the info about how the bush was cleared in the 1950’s it was only a short on some quiet back roads to the Timboon Distillery for lunch.

The still

We enjoyed a tasty lunch and were offered a free whisky tasting, which alas we declined prior to riding. As we were leaving we met and had a chat with a great couple from Tasmania who have been touring Victoria for the last week or so. They were aboard a Triumph triple Explorer and were really satisfied with it as a two-up touring machine. Ride safe guys and smooth sailing back to Tassie on New Years Day.

We fuelled up in Timboon to avoid the mayhem of tourist season in Port Campbell and headed for the 12 Apostles in gorgeous riding conditions. The sky was blue, the sun was getting hot but there was a lovely sea breeze coming off the ocean. Tourists were all over the Apostles area, from a distance it looked like a swarm of ants crawling all over the place, so we kept going, hence no pics of the Apostles.

The last time I rode the twisty section of the GOR from Gellibrand Lower to Yuulong I had a brilliant run and didn’t encounter a single car going my way. Today was the exact opposite, and we saw two cars whose drivers exhibited some of the most dangerous and discourteous driving I’ve ever seen. One little Toyota virtually stopped on every curve and failed to pull into the overtaking lanes despite a line of cars following (and the SUV behind sounding its horn and flashing its lights). The other was a black Mercedes station wagon which weaved from side to side, frequently drifted across the double white lines and nearly side swiped a tourist bus! It was scary stuff to observe!

We had a brief pit stop in Lavers Hill and then a really enjoyable run down through the bush to Gellibrand and on to Colac to or friend’s place. Unfortunately I forgot to photograph Steve’s newest Norton single project now that he has completed the latest resto, a 1938 Norton, which you can read about HERE.

I took an easy run down the Princes Highway to get home, having had a great last ride for 2015 of approx 375 kilometers in perfect riding conditions. Roll on 2016 and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

6 thoughts on “Last ride for 2015 …….

  1. sounds like a great end of year ride for the 2 of you
    some of those little wallabies are hard to see in the ferns when in that type of area
    hope the 2016 season is a great one for ya

  2. Wonderful photos and what fantastic riding conditions Jules! We have experienced near-identical idiocy on the road which is why I tend not to ride much in the 2 weeks over Xmas. Drivers braking for every bend no matter how shallow drives me nuts. It was reported in the local paper yesterday that a driver on a local twisty road was driving at 25 km/hr for 20 km and amassed over 70 vehicles behind him. Someone called the cops who dealt with it in an appropriate manner. Oh to be equipped with missiles!

    All the best to you and Dorothy for 2016.

    • 70 vehicles following is incredible. Did you get a cartoon on TV when you were a kid called ‘Mr Magoo’? Reminds me of him driving. What I didn’t mention in the post was that the frustrated SUV driver also attempted to overtake the slow car by charging into the overtaking lane on the left, couldn’t quite get past then slammed on the brakes and veered back into the path of the next vehicle. Pure madness.

      All the best to you and Jenni for 2016. With all of this good weather can I expect to see a picture of you in your red fishing shorts any time soon?

  3. Great photos and articles Jules and what a fitting way to end the year. All the best to you an Mrs T. Ride safely and in good health mate and keep those stories coming. Cheers, Raymond

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