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.
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 !!.