A new low ….

… temp for me to start a ride in this morning!

I wound up doing around 365 kms for the day, all in sub 7 C temps.

Lunch at the Moto-Bean cafe Malmsbury, (see prior post) then later that day at Mt Alexander with the Ulysses Club members. Fellow Ulyssian from Melbourne (and former prolific blogger) Raymond Herd met us at Ballan for morning tea and then rode to the cafe with us. Just as we were leaving when another friend and Ulyssian from Bendigo, Rob H, showed up. Sorry we didn’t really get a chance to have much of a chat Rob!

Rob’s Victory has a heated seat as well as grips. A luxury touring machine.

Grassy’s new Honda CTX 1300

Unfortunately it was a boring run home from Newstead onwards, however, I wanted to get us back as quickly as possible as the temperature had remained under 8C for virtually all of the trip and there were a couple of new riders who were feeling the pinch with the combination of the distance and cool temps.


ASMA and Pink Ribbons

It was a busy weekend of motorcycling related activities. On Saturday I participated in an all day, motorcycle specific first aid course called ‘Accident Scene Management – A Crash Course for Motorcyclists’. And it was pretty good. Generally, it’s about skilling up riders to manage motorcycle crash scenes. The specific focus was predominantly on trauma and managing someone whose had an “off”. A lot of emphasis was placed on reducing injuries to a rider whose come off through the correct pattern of care, specifically via spine and neck care. For example, they taught a two person and a one person technique to remove the helmet from an unconscious rider whose airway is compromised while supporting their neck. The course is an offshoot of an American motorcycle specific program developed by Vicki Sanfelipo called Accident Scene Management Inc. Here’s the Australian ASMA website. Additional online study with their affiliated RTO, along with demonstrating some hands on skills such as CPR on the day, meant that I and some others were eligible to also receive a level 2 first aid certification.

On Sunday I participated in the annual Geelong Pink Ribbon ride. It’s a fundraiser for the Andrew Love Centre cancer ward at The Geelong Hospital that the Ulysses club and Peter Stevens Motorcycles jointly put on. There was huge turnout and I was glad that I’d volunteered to do some corner marking for the event. The weather could not have been better and Corio Bay looked sensational from the Eastern Park start and finish site. The event was really well run and it was great to see so many different types of motorcyclists come together to support the local community. Lots of kudos to “Gentle” from the Ulysses club, Mary from Peter Stevens Geelong and many other volunteers from local service clubs.

Here’s a link to a gallery of pics I took PINK RIBBON RIDE. Click on Slideshow for best viewing.