Monday, October 30, 2006

Pink Ribbon Ride - 22nd Oct 06

The Pink Ribbon Ride was over a week ago now - doesn't time fly... anyway, I thought it was worth mentioning as it was a good day out and for a great cause. A few of us rocked up at the Wharfshed on Sunday morning and the Pink Ribbons were distributed.
Pete on the Speed Triple reckoned he didn't need anymore pink - he reckoned he had enough - hang on, doesn't he keep saying his bikes nuclear red - not pink!
Well the weather was perfect and 5 of us set off for Melbourne and met Mel & Cheryl on the way. PJ was going to be there on the Daytona so we'd meet him at the venue in his usual set up including pink leg warmers!
The bikes gathered at the Bunnings Store carpark in Vermont and it was an amazing sight to see 1000+ bikes gathering for the annual ride & fundraising. We all got our barcodes so that we could have a free breast scan (kills men as well!) and after a coffee in Bunnings we were ready. The police gave a quick briefing and then it was time to fire up & get on the saddle.
Tara Moss was there at the front leading proudly on her new Truimph Scrambler.
Once out on the road we could see how well organised this was with all the traffic lights set to green and the police stopping traffic at all the junctions to keeps the procession of bikes moving as it snaked it's way along the Burwood Highway. It was an amazing sight - bikes as far as you could see.
The scenery is beautiful in that part of the world and as we started getting into the hills of the Yarra Valley it was lush, green and lots of fruit orchards. It was a steady ride to the Maroondah Dam & when we arrived the place was already buzzing.
A band was setup in the rotunda and food was getting cooked up by the local volunteer groups & food vans. Queuing up was a bit of a pain as the event has get so big that the number of people that turned up overwhelmed the caterers!
After another coffee and a burger or hot dog, it was time for the annual Tara Moss photo. We all headed for the Triumph Scrambler and found Tara having her photo taken with the police. What about the Geelong RATS!!
We waited our turn and when we approached her nervously she spotted the Triumph t-shirts & wanted to know where we'd been hiding - suddenly we felt like we were her best mates, from the same club!! With no hesitation she agreed to a photo with us all and we stood proudly with her new Scrambler while Mick did the honours. Mick then made sure he got one with Tara on his own...
It was a great day out and for a great cause - wouldn't miss it!

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