and in with the new. So a new chain and sprockets a couple of weeks ago and now a new rear tyre. All set for summer!
After months of apalling weather characterised by gale force winds and localised flooding, we finally cracked it for a perfect spring day on Friday. Inspired by a recent video that I saw on Facebook of the Ducati owners club of Vic run to the 12 Apostles, I decided to ride one of my favorite local loops. The route travels inland to Port Campbell, then back along a short section of the Great Ocean Road (in the opposite direction to the GOR tourist traffic) and then inland through some rain forrest. I also managed to drop in on Phil R, a mate from the Ulysses Club, and see his new abode at Deans Marsh. It was a sensational day of riding with little traffic, dams overflowing and the countryside more green and lush than I can ever recall.
I stopped in Simpson for my first break and then on to Port Campbell via Timboon.
Overlooking Port Campbell.
Lunch at the waterfront in Port Campbell.
This was a whole lot more tasty than it looks – proscuitto, egg, spinach and relish. A delicious lunch from an excellent, friendly place called ‘Forage‘ right oppposite the main beach. I actually took my plate from the cafe and walked across the road to be virtually on the beach for lunch.
From Port Campbell I headed just a few kilometers up the road to the famous 12 Apostles. I’ve been to the Apostles so many times in my life I have to admit that I get more of a buzz watching the helicopters than the scenery! (Maybe my son will buy me a joyflight for my next big birthday!)
I love the way that the grazing sheep seem completely unfazed by the chopper landing
From the Apostles I had a brilliant run through the twisties to Lavers Hill (my last run along this stretch of the GOR cost me 3 demerit points and $300 thanks to a newly imposed speed restriction and my inattention to the new signage) and then on to Beech Forest and Turtons Track.
From here it was another 20 kms of twisty bush roads to Forrest, then through mainly open farmland to Deans Marsh. After enjoying Phil’s hospitality I headed off andarrived home around 5.30pm after a magnificient day’s riding.
This is a Geelong Ulysses Club and Peter Stevens Motorcycles fundraising event for the Andrew Love Cancer Centre. Every cent made goes to the cause and there are zero costs taken out of the funds raised. Mrs T and I were corner marking.
At age 84 yrs, Rob Ashmore (below) was probably the oldest participant! Well done Rob.
A gallery with lots more shots HERE
A week into Spring and it was a perfect day to do a loop of the Otways. My route was from Geelong to Deans Marsh and then on to Gellibrand for a drink and a chat with Paul who had just returned from 6 weeks of riding in Europe on his brand new KTM 690. From Gellibrand I headed up to Lavers Hill then along the Great Ocean Road. I went to the pier to eat my lunch and watched a commercial fishing boat being pulled out of the water. From Apollo Bay I headed to Skenes Creek and then turned inland to return home via Forrest. A great ride in near perfect conditions – sunshine, dry roads and virtually no traffic.
The Antique Motorcycle Club of Australia is a club for owners of pre-1930 motorcycles. Their AGM and associated ride out was held today and I was able to ride to the Wallace Hotel (Vic) to catch up with Tom K (1927 Scott Flying Squirrel) and Tim K aboard his Dad’s 1930 Scott. It was a terrific opportunity photograph some beautiful old machines in motion. These bikes are ridden and enjoyed.
Lots more pics in my gallery. Click HERE to view them.
From Brightside Media, via YouTube
After coffee at Winchelsea with a group of 11 riders, 5 opted to follow Geoff to a little cafe at Lake Purrumbete, at an out of the way spot near Camperdown (Vic). Geoff led us on a scenic route around the lakes out of Colac and then it was a short run up the highway to Lake Purrumbete. We came home via Cressy, Shelford and Inverleigh. A great run of around 300kms in sunny conditions with temps between 9C and 12C.
Geoff’s new T120 (1200) Bonneville
Halls Gap was the destination for the Geelong Ulysses Club branch Sunday long ride. A couple of days prior the weather forecast looked pretty bad with showers and cold winds forecast. However, after showers on Saturday it appeared that it wouldn’t rain again until Sunday night, although it would be quite a cold day. Eight of us gathered at Waurn Ponds Maccas for the ride led by Rob V and we then met up with another three at Bannockburn. The temp was hovering around 7-8C, until we hit some fog which made things difficult for quite a few kilometres, and the temp halved to around 4C in the fog. I cranked up my heated grips to keep my hands nice and toasty. The plan was for morning tea at Skipton, where we would be joined by the Ballarat Branch and the Grampians Branch – having ridden down (from Stawell) to meet us. Phil and Tanya met us at Skipton, boosting the Geelong Branch representation to 13, pretty good for a long ride (500kms) just a few days before the winter solstice.
It was a lovely day in Halls Gap and we all headed off to various eating spots, although the bakery proved to be the firm favourite – so good were the pasties that some went back for seconds! We socialised a bit and then said our farewells to the Ballarat and Stawell folk and saddled up for the ride home.
By this time the temp was around 13C and we rode quite a scenic route out. I noticed a mob of ‘roos and some emus in a paddock just as we left town and fortunately they were the only ones I spotted. Rob led us down the Yarram Gap Rd to Derrinallum via Vite Vite. At Derrinallum Foles was waiting for us, having ridden down from Wannon on his new BMW F800GS.
From here we made a good pace down the Hamilton Hwy to Inverleigh, where the ride finished. I had a really enjoyable day of riding. It was 515 kms all up which is a long day in low temperatures, made a little more challenging in the morning by icy fog. However, everyone had suitable gear for the conditions and we had an enjoyable, incident free ride with great comraderie within our groups and with the two other branches who joined us for some of the ride. Again, well done to Rob for planning and leading the ride and to Phil as TEC.
We were invited to a four day ride, staying in Mirboo North for three nights. The weather forecast was for excellent riding conditions for Friday and Saturday, a wet change with significant rain for Sunday and possible showers on Monday.
Well we made the best of the first two days completing 385kms (from our home) on Friday and about 370 kms on Saturday. Mrs T did really well riding pillion over these distances on a bike that is not very well suited for a pillion. Sunday dawned with drizzle that turned to showers and set in for the day. So Sunday was spent with some walking in the morning, including a visit to the famous ‘Inline-Four Café’, and an afternoon and evening by the open fire at the Mirboo North Golf Club – which they kindly opened for our use. Monday we headed for home on greasy roads and the threat of rain. When we pulled up for morning tea and consulted the rain radar the decision was made to cancel the ride home via the hills and take the highway home. As we hit the Monash it started to rain a little and just prior to the tunnel we were pummelled by a cold change, with pelting rain, gusty winds and generally treacherous conditions out over the Westgate Bridge and on the freeway back to Geelong.
All up it was a brilliant long weekend of just on 1000 kms door to door for us. Thanks to Ron (AKA Gentle) for all his work in planning the ride routes, organising the accommodation and generally ‘herding cats’ with good humor.
A diverse range of motorcycles
A great bunch of people – pictured here at Port Albert
Attack of the seagulls – aided by a handful of chips lofted into the air!
Coal Creek at Korumburra http://www.coalcreekvillage.com.au/
Mural at Mirboo North servo
Dodging the rain on Sunday at the Golf Club, which was kindly opened for our exclusive use