Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Geelong Toy Run 06

Well, it was a small turnout from the Triumph group this year for the Geelong Toy Ride but a huge turnout overall. Despite the extreme heat, 3 of us were determined to give it a go and Mick (red sprint), myself and PJ rolled along with the mighty Harley bike train.

There was more bikes this year then I'd ever seen with estimates getting up to around 1200. Even as we rode out of Geelong there seemed to be a lot more support along the roadside with people waving and car drivers beeping their horns and giving us the nod of approval. There was even a woman on the kerb with a big Thank You sign.

It's always a great day when the public get to see that motorcyclists are nut cases that just want to get themselves killed!
It's heartwarming to see bikers of all age groups turn out with toys strapped to themselves and their bikes so show appreciation for the kids & families that aren't so well off at Xmas. I heard a sad story later on, that the toys that were bound for the Geelong Hospital Childrens Wrd got stolen - some people...
There were quite a few Trumpys there that we didn't know and I saw a guy on a new blue S3 riding it across the grass in Portarlington as if he was on a dirt bike (side ways!).

After a quick stop in Port it was on to Queenscliff and the end of the run - we met up with Paul and also caught up with Ring and Darryl on the Guzzi.
The Toy Ride always seems to mark the start of the Xmas wind down - a bit like the CFA coming around with lollies in the fire truck! It's a good day out and great to see what everyone else is riding and talk bikes. Hope the kids enjoy the toys.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Marysville Weekend - Dec 2-3 2006

Well, I can't believe it's almost a week ago since we set off for Marysville - time flies & especially when you realise it's only a couple of weeks to Xmas. Sorry I've been a bit slack keeping the blog up to date recently but there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day...

The next big event is the Xmas Toy Ride in Geelong which is organised by the Geelong HOGs. If anyone is thinking of going we were going to meet at the Wharfshed at 9am and then ride up to the Mercer St start line for the 10am kick off.

The Marysville trip was another great week-end away and the Tower Hotel is recommended to anyone that wants a quiet week-end in lush green countryside - remember green grass - well there's plenty of it in Marysville (at the moment)!
We had a change of departure plan following discussions at Thursday nights meeting and decided to set off from the Olive Cafe in Pako - that way we were able to sample the coffee making style of the local barrista (Graeme & Tina's cafe) before we went on our merry way.

I was late getting there due to a technical hitch with the Triumph saddle bags - a plastic clip broke and the strap had to be replaced by a shoelace - good old Triumph quality! Anyway, the coffee was perfect and we were soon saddled up and ready. Murray, Mick, Leigh, myself and Jane set off to meet Cheryl & Mal in Bacchus Marsh.
In Bacchus Marsh Cheryl was waiting but no sign of Mal - he was still locking up. Then an sms - he couldn't get the Daytona started! The message said 'Go' so we did and left him behind - for now! We had to meet John B in Kilmore at the bakery so we knew lunch wasn't too far away. It was a casual ride out through Gisbourne & Lancefield and into Kilmore. The biggest surprise was when we saw Mal's bike parked there already! He'd raced up the freeway - I think...
We met John B and got going after a snack in the Kilmore bakery. He's riding a Thunderbird now - sold the black Speed 3.

The road from Broadford was going to be awesome and everyone was looking forward to some good roads and a few thrills. It always is a pleasure riding out through Strath Creek, Flowerdale and into Yea and last Saturday was no exception - it was awesome! We got to Yea and met the Great Victorian Bike Ride coming the other way. Anyway a quick refuel and it was onward ho!

As we approached Marysville it seemed like someone had turned the colours back on - and it wasn't anything I was smoking! The vivid green grass was almost emerald and the trees lush with leaves - it was heaven!! On the way into town, there was a familiar face sitting in the local cafe having a coffee - it was PJ on the Daytona 600.

We regrouped at the hotel, unpacked and some of us decided a ride up Lake Mountain was a good idea to end the day - and it was a brilliant idea. For anyone that's never riden up Lake Mountain you must do it one day... the road is unreal with curve after curve and perfect camber - a bit like a rollercoaster! A quick coffee at the top and then another thrill back down the mountain.

A quick beer at the local pub and a game of pool - Murray & me let the girls win...

Tea was at a place call In Neutral which is a biker cafe in town covered in all sorts of bike and car regellia inside - you can't miss it, theres a guy on a Suzuki hanging out of the wall at the front. It was a great meal and fun was had by all.
At closing time most of the gang went home but a few of the stragglers went back to the pub for a nightcap. It was not the sort of place you'd want to take your daughter or wife for that matter - I think feral might be the word I heard mentioned!! It was all happening - even a blow up sex doll sitting at the bar at one stage! Things got a bit out of hand when they had the doll smoking a cigarette - especially when it was thrown and the cigarette landed in my eye! Bloody painful getting a cigarette in the eye - wouldn't recommend trying it at home... anyway, a bit of first aid and it was off to bed for us all.

Next morning it was a big breakkie down the local cafe with the King Parrots trying to snatch the food from our plates. PJ came over on the Speedmaster and the paint job on the tank looks great. Then we set off back to Geelong via the same route that we had arrived. Murray & Mick went to the racing at Broadford but everyone else kept going with a quick stop in Gisbourne to stretch and top up our bellys.

It was a great week-end and I'll be dreaming about that ride up Lake Mountain for a while...