Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A Quick Update

It's been a little bit quiet on the blog site recently but lots of things have been happening.

Apollo Bay - weekend trip
A few of the group went down to Apollo Bay last week-end and had a relaxing time courtesy of John B from Melbourne as he let everyone stay in his holiday home. It's a great spot just walking distance to the beach so I'm sure it was a great week-end. Maybe a story or two will follow.

Next Ride Day - Sunday4th December 05
It looks like the online Geelong RAT calender has missed out this Sunday as the official ride day. The calender has been updated and as its the last ride before Xmas it might involve a lunch somewhere cosy. All ideas are very welcome. Meet at 9am outside the Wharfshed for a 9.30am start.

We can have a chat about organising a night out for a few drinks before Xmas on the ride-day.

Geelong Toy Run - Sunday 11th December 05
The Geelong Toy run is on Sunday December 11th starting at 10.30 am from Geelong Harley and finishing at the Charles Hotham Hotel at about 2.30pm. Be good to show off a few Trumpys in among all those Harleys!

Triumph Torque Magazine - Issues with delivery
I've been corresponding with Simon Carter from RAT in the UK as I haven't received the latest issues of Torque magazine. It seems there's been a problem with the distribution in the UK to Australia. Anyway, he's sorting it out and has advised that you should send him an e-mail to rat@triumph.co.uk if you also haven't received the latest issues - especially Autumn as I think the Winter issue comes out next week

Monday, November 07, 2005

Meet the Campers - Maldon (Nov Ride Day)

For some lucky campers the overnight stay at the Loddon Valley Park became a reality. Unfortunately, the cabins were all booked out so for those with no capacity for carrying camping gear, the overnight stay was no longer possible – so there were a few that didn’t get to play Boy Scouts & Girl Guides this time!
By all accounts the overnight stay was a huge success and all 6 campers had a great time – there were even a few tales to tell the next day – PJ might be able to give you more details!!
For the others the trip to Maldon started off from the Wharfshed Café on Sunday morning. It was good to have a new rider join us on his Speed Triple – hopefully we’ll see Ashley riding with us again soon. With Murray leading the way we headed out of Geelong on the Ballarat Road and then on to Anakie and through the Brisbane Ranges.
It was just coming out of Anakie when the first incident of the day occurred – Pete & Leone on the Speed Four were hit by a flying mud-flap! It tore the right hand indicator off its mount and left a black mark on the radiator cowl. Pete didn’t know what had hit him!!
Resurfacing on the side of the road through the Brisbane Ranges was dodgy and meant little stones flying around everywhere – a few more chips on the paintwork! As we closed in on Ballan the wind picked up and it looked like we were riding in a head wind. Even with ear plugs the wind noise was deafening.
A stop in Daylesford was needed for a quick coffee and a visit to the toilets. That was the intention anyway – 15 minutes after ordering the coffee it arrived – don’t think we’ll go there again! Luckily the toilet didn’t take so long…
Once out of Hepburn Springs it was a quick ride to Newstead passing by a 3 ft long Colin the Copperhead snake that had met his end on the bitumen. I wondered was it one of the bikes in front that had ran over him – could be dodgy if he got tangled in the wheel or thrown up on the rider coming behind! Imagine doing 120km/hr and trying to wrestle with a 3 foot long injured copperhead…
We were soon in Maldon and quickly spotted the Thunderbirds and Speedmaster with trailers attached. The campers had already found a table in the café and it was time for lunch.
Then the second event of the day – Rodney had a puncture in his rear tyre. A self-tapping screw had lodged itself in the side of his back wheel and it was as flat as the snake we’d see earlier! After filling the tyre with weld and several attempts to fill it with air Rodney gave up and decided to ride home with Shirley to get the car & return later to pick up the T’Bird.
Time to set off home back to Geelong and as we headed out of Maldon we were tailing another group of bikers that certainly weren’t hanging around! As we approached Newstead the flashing lights of oncoming motorists warned us that the cops were somewhere up ahead – in the bushes with a radar gun we suspected. But this time they were in the middle of the road with a breathalyzer stopping traffic in the opposite direction.
Then, just a little bit out of Newstead and there he was – Colin the Copperheads cousin Bobby the Brown snake – only he looked about 6 inchs to a foot longer!!! Luckily he had already crossed the left hand side and was moving on the ride hand side – he was on a mission – revenge!

It was bumps all the way on that tankslapper of a road to Hepburn Springs, then a quick stop for refreshments at the Hepburn Springs pub and it was onward ho! Again, we were getting warnings from oncoming traffic of police ahead – again a Police breathalyzer just out of Daylesford. Ironic really, we had just come from the pub and the police told us to keep going without a single breath being blown!! As it was we're a sensible bumch and were all safe anyway!

It was a hot & sweaty ride back to Geelong and we were all grateful to Pete & Leone for providing cold drinks, refreshments and great hospitality back at their place.

During the day there was some discussion of having a Xmas breakup ride – details to follow soon.

It was another great day – look forward to the next one & hope to see you there.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Camping Weekend - Loddon Valley - 5th & 6th Nov

Hopefully you have all recovered from Melbourne Cup and are ready to spend all your winnings on the camping trip that's happening this week-end.

Some of you will have already visited the Loddon Caravan Park if you went on the ride a couple of months ago. It's a beautiful spot beside the tranquil Loddon River and next to Lake Cairn Curran. There's a few "happy campers" among us and Rodney has even promised to catch enough fish to feed everyone!

If you don't have any way to carry a tent then there are only onsite caravans available - all cabins are booked out. You will still need to take bedding.

Cost of caravans based on 2 people:

4 Berth - $38 per night - extra person $7
6 Berth - $42 per night - extra person $6

2 onsite caravans with attached annex & toilet only - $50 per night - extra person $7

Campsites are $15.50 or $19 with power.

For bookings contact Loddon Valley Caravan Park on 0354 752 502

According to the owner the caravans are very basic! All require you to bring your own bedding.

For those not going camping the Monthly Ride on Sunday 6th November will be leaving the Wharfshed at the usual time of 9:30am and heading to Maldon to meet up with the campers for lunch.