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.
Would you believe it, yes yet another unofficial club event.
the 7th. Far Cairn Rally, Tottenham Racecourse, N.S.W.
Few happy snaps from the weekend.
Good run 2,330 kms with no major problems.
Thursday to Hay, Saturday through Weethalle to Tottenham.
About 200 in attendance with Deb getting the longest
distance pillion award.
Garth, Chris Jones and myself were all pipped by an
American traveller whose starting point was Drysdale station [OCR].
Back through Nyngan and Cobar to Broken Hill Sunday.
Thoroughly recommend the Musicians Club in Broken Hill.
Courtesy bus picks you up from your digs and safely deposits you back when
Good run back home Monday, but shitty road works for
about 35 kms between Hallett and Burra.
by Bailey Gifford.
Another unofficial club event, but still BMWOCSA members.
Those that did not attend the Port River Dolphin Luncheon Cruise missed out on an enjoyable day. 14 adults and 2 children enjoyed one another's company on a day that didn't have the weather that we had experienced for the past week or so but never the less, we were inside eating, drinking and talking, so who cared what was outside. It didn't rain but just a bit on the windy side.
And a great big thank you to Buzz for taking the time and effort to organizing this enjoyable day's outing.
To see what you missed out on check out the photos in "Gallery".
'Till the next event, see ya down the track !!.
Even though this is not a club event, I'm sure some of you will
be interested in this annual ride. "THE BORDER RUN".
Deb and I left Friday with Neil Davey, BMW MCC Webmaster,
and caught up with Garth at Port Wakefield. A quick Macca’s at Port Augusta
then on to Wudinna for a cup of tea and a bit of mum’s famous sultana cake.
Arrived at Streaky Bay about 5.00pm and were greeted by Phil
Chick and his mates. A pleasant evening with the necessary libations followed
by a soft bed. Phil and co left at 5.30 am so we had a quick breakfast and were
on the road by 8.00am heading to Ceduna. A quick rest stop at Nundroo where the
RT succumbed to gravity and bad footing [fell over] and onto Nullarbor
roadhouse for a sandwich.
Arrived at the Border Village mid-afternoon which, with the
time change, became 1.30pm. We’d booked into an Atco hut out the back which had
all mod cons but very thin blankets.
Circulated around the place and caught up with a lot of
mates from the WA BMW MCC. Chris Jones, Brian Kowalik, Chester and Kate
Cavanagh had also made the trek.
Very sunny and warm afternoon followed by an ordinary meal
and a freezing night!
On the road by 8.00am and back to Nullarbor for petrol and a
bacon and egg sandwich that was second to none. Petrol and lunch at Ceduna and
a quick cup of tea at Wudinna to stretch our legs saw us arrive at Kimba about
Chris Jones joined us for dinner after which we had an early
Monday dawned extremely cold and clear and we shivered for a
while till the heated seats cut in.
Port Augusta for a coffee and on to Port Wakefield for
petrol and a farewell to Neil who continued to Horsham for the night.
Touched down at home by 2.00pm after a very satisfying 2,500
NOT the Border Run, 3rd. Aug. 2014.
There weren't many of us, just 5 on 5 bikes that met at the Central meeting point on West
Terrace for a 10.00 am departure. Harry led, taking us up the Freeway, turning off through
Littlehampton, Nairne, down the old Princes Highway and over the old bridge at Murray
Bridge to Tailem Bend for a bite to eat and a coffee. From there we headed off to Karoonda in
perfect weather, who said it was winter. A brief meeting was held and we decided to head
back to Murray Bridge and through the hills to Harry's place at Kersbrook for an afternoon
cuppa before heading our respective ways home.
Home to home I covered 367 klms. so it was a good ride with corners and straights in perfect
weather and in good company. A very good and very enjoyable day. Thanks Harry.