Thursday, July 07, 2005

Xmas in July - Sunday 31st July 05

Well it came around quickly & the annual Xmas in July ride & lunch at the Pig & Whistle Hotel in East Trentham proved popular again with the Geelong crew with 14 bikes making the trip. It was a beautiful morning as we departed from the Wharfshed Cafe in Geelong with 16c predicted - and no snow!

It was a quick burn through the Brisbane Ranges with Murray at the helm. A little bit of caution (but not much) on those damp corners & a quick look around for Skippy! Ollie was certainly giving the Speed Triple a good work out on some of those quick corners.

A welcome stop in Ballan at our favorite bakery for coffee & waiting for us was Andy on the Speed Triple. Then it was on to our destination via the winding roads through Blackwood & on to Trentham.

Mal, Cheryl and Dave were waiting for us at the Pig & Whistle with the TT, S3 and Daytona lined up ready for action & their riders looking thirsty - Dave was fresh from the Dogs big win against the Lions the night before!

A good meal was enjoyed by all and some entertainment from the resident musician - it was lucky for him we weren't staying the night - might have been a bit of karaoke after a few of those Mercury ciders!

We all fired up and headed south back through Blackwood. It was good to see Daytona Dave back in action on the new bike - Dave by name & Foggy by nature! Pete needed a quick debrief at the Ballan Hotel after a serious dose of tank slap on the Speed 4 - reckon he's a stunt rider in disguise.

Mal and Cheryl headed home on the S3 and TT & we carried on back through the Brisbane Ranges & Geelong. No Skippys around this time either - lucky for them and us...

It was a good day in great company. The Xmas in July event itself had a lot less in attendance than a couple of years ago when I was there. It seemed a lot more subdued this year with no raffle prizes or motivational talks from the gurus at Triumph Australia - maybe next time.

Anyway the Geelong crew had a good time as usual.

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