Fish and Chip run, Sunday 4th. of January, 2015.
With the recent hot weather and wondering what this day would bring, fully expecting very few to turn up, I had reservations about going on this run. How glad I was that a last minute decision was made to go. We couldn't have had a much better day, maybe a little less wind but heh, apart from blowing around a bit on Range Road between Delamere and Victor Harbor, what a thoroughly good day with good company to top it off.
We departed Darlington and made our way south, over the Myponga Dam and on to Delamere, with a few photo stops in between. ( See the photos, a lot of them, in "Gallery"). From there to Encounter Bay for our Fish and Chip lunch. Various members went their own way home from here but a few of us went around the back of Victor to Nangawooka Corner to the back of Port Elliot and up the Crows Nest road for another stop to overlook Goolwa and the Murray Mouth.
Again a few left the group with 3 of us turning off onto Nangkita Road at Mount Compass and heading down there for about 8kms. to a little roadside place that for 2 - 3 months of the year, in front of you, make fresh Blueberry Ice cream. Sitting under the shade of Willow trees by a little creek eating our delicious ice creams, what an end to the day. Thanks to John Fallenberg for this info, it was a new one for me.
Gerald departed us from here, heading back to the city, whilst John and I continued on to the Bull Creek road, turning left to Meadows, where we parted company, with me going on to Hahndorf and down the South Eastern Freeway to home. I traveled 324kms on a most enjoyable day with good weather and in good company.
I almost forgot, there were 12 people on 10 bikes.
Thanks to Stephen Mutton for organising the ride, well done.
The Annual Ice-cream Run.
This year, 2015, it didn't happen. During the day, Friday 2nd. of January, the daytime temperature reached 44 deg. so our ever thoughtful Committee members, Bailey and Garth, decided that we probably would not have too many members turn up to our general meeting, followed by the ice-cream run, so it might be prudent to buy a few assorted tubs of ice-cream along with cones, so that we could still have a "lick" or two.
The idea, as good as it was, sort of fell short a little, as when we chaired up for our meeting, outside of the club rooms, a nice cooler breeze had sprung up. Not only that but the low number of members expected, because of the heat, was also a surprise, because about 40 odd turned up. But never mind, we all had a nice cooling ice-cream or two each and the night turned out successfully after all.
We thank Bailey for running around and sourcing the ice-cream and cones.
Sorry for the lack of a photo or two, I forgot my camera.
See what eventuates next year. !!!!!!!
Mid week run, 17th. December, 2014
We travelled to Lobethal to pick up Garth by winding
roads and made our way to Strath. where we had lunch. I then took them by
winding roads again to Parawa, Cape Jervis and then to Mutton Mansions on
Wirrina, where we partook of alfresco high tea and coffee. Trip from home to home 360
Sounds as if they had a good day. Check their photos out in "Gallery".
Left click on photo to enlarge
Club event following MRA Toy Run
13 people on 11 bikes met at "The Wine House" at Langhorns Creek after the MRA Toy Run to enjoy the cordiality, friendliness and good food put on by this establishment. I believe that I speak for all, to say what a good choice of venue this was, thanks Garth, well done, again.
We all made our respective way's home. Me living north of the city maybe did a few kilometres more than some, except Garth, with 234 kms for the day, a very enjoyable day. It's a pitty you weren't there, another good one that you missed out on, but oh well, next time !!!!!!!.
Cameron has done it again.
Done what, you may ask. If you were on the "Classic" bike run on Sunday, you would know, and by the way, why weren't you there?.
For those that did attend, 32 adults plus 2 kids, arriving on 24 bikes plus 2 cars, what a fantastic day we had. (by the way, this represents about 30% of our membership, not bad heh)
The ride can be described as giddying, as after we departed from our North meeting point, we zigzagged, circled, back tracked up down and around through the Adelaide north eastern hills, to eventually arrive at the Mt. Torrens oval.
Cameron had previously negotiated with the management of the Torrens Valley Football Club for us to have the use of their facilities for the afternoon. They even had cold water and glasses waiting for those of us on the thirsty side.
After our BYO lunch we did something new. The Classic bikes were all lined up herringbone fashion to allow photos to be taken individually. This also allowed orderly group shots to be taken. You must check them out in the "Gallery" page, I think you will be impressed.
For safety reasons all the "Plastic" bikes stayed back in the shade.
Obviously members distance traveled would vary because of their home locations but I traveled 208 kms. for the day, home to home. The actual run itself took just two hours.
On behalf of all concerned, I would like to thank Cameron for a day well organised. (Norm).
Don't forget, check out "Gallery" and enlarge the photos.
And yes, here's yet another unofficial run. Hope you have time for the official runs Garth and Bailey !!
A few happy snaps. (See these in "GALLERY")
Left early Thursday and picked up Garth & Brodie
Coffee at Blanchetown, early lunch at Renmark, by-passed
Mildura via truckie route, coffee at Robinvale and juice at Balranald.
Low flying across Hay Plain to Hay for the night. Caught
up with Mick Fagan & Neville Borgeldt from MCC Vic at dinner.
Next day, top up at Rankine Springs and then 67 kms to
Lake Cargelligo and booked into motel.
People slowly filtered in during the day. Nice bur
raucous meal at the Hotel Royal on Friday night.
Pub run to Mt Hope for lunch [middle of nowhere] with
about 30 bikes on the run.
Weather was heating up when we returned. Clean up and
dinner at the local bowling club [Chinese] Goodies handed out at registration
and raffle tickets sold.
Good feed but sad news later that a member of the NSW BMW
Touring Club [Ian Horsborough], riding a KTM at speed on the dirt, hit an emu
and had been hospitalised in Orange.
Later in the evening, even sadder, we learned that he had
passed away. Club will send a condolence card to the Club.
Gathered next morning for a bacon and egg roll and coffee
by the Lake and made an early mile.
Rankine Springs were closed for petrol, so we deviated
via Griffith then on to Darling Point and Hay for lunch.
The weather was getting more uncomfortable as we crossed
the Hay Plains again to top up at Balranald.
Short ride to Tooleybuc for the night and a good pub
Sparrow fart start next morning to Ouyen for breakfast
then on to Parilla for a quick rest stop.
Topped up at Tailem Bend and said our farewells and then
home down a stormy freeway to touch base by 1.00pm.
Good run of about 2,000 kms. Bike ran well and Deb a very
good [if long suffering] pillion.
Mid North run with lunch in Burra
You have to be lucky sometimes and 8 members on 6 bikes certainly were, enjoying perfect weather, a little warm as we are not used to it yet but never the less, a perfect riding day that saw us travel through Two Wells to Mallala, Crystal Brook and through to Burra for lunch. We were told of an Asian restaurant that was worthy of our patronage, but no-one seemed to know anything about it so we settled for lunch in the "Commercial Hotel". Every country town seems to have a "Commercial", John Williamson thought so too, as one of his songs depicts.
Several of us had a hamburger with the lot, it's a wonder we're not still there munching away.they were enormous, but good.
Burra across to Morgan, then Blanchetown and on to Swan Reach where we parted company, the southerners going further south, presumably to Mannum and then home, the rest of us went home via Angaston and down the Northern Expressway. People further afield would have done more that my 466 kms. but it was a good day in good company and with good conditions.