Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ride Day - Sunday 30th August 09

Well it was a wild day on Saturday so it was a big surprise to wake up and see blue skies on Sunday morning. It didn't take me long to get out of bed and on to the Sprint - all this wild weather leaves few opportunities to get out on the open road - can't wait for the summer sunshine!
Mick (silver sprint) pulled up at Texas just after me & soon we were joined by Warren on the Thruxton - we heard him before we saw him - that arrow exhaust sounds awesome!
I'd been out for a ride a couple of weeks ago with a mate & he took me to this great little organic cafe in Inverleigh so I recommended it to Waz & Mick and we were soon on the road heading for a hearty breakkie - an organic one at that!
We were lucky with the weather and took the alternative route out through Ceres, through Gnarwarre and onto the Hamilton Hwy.
The breakfast was as good as I remembered from the last time - maybe even better! Definitely recommend it if you're out that way - its on the left service road just after the pub.
The way back took us into Winchelsea and then onto the Cape Otway Road to Moriac and home. It was a great mornings ride with great company too.

There's a few events coming up in October - hope to get along to some of them:

Mods & Rockers - October 25th - first heard this from Daytona Dave as he's going on the scooter! There's a group leaving from Geelong - see Warren in Peter Stevens for details

Bendigo Bike Expo - October 3rd & 4th - first regional bike expo - being held at Prince of Wales Showgrounds - predicting 10,000 people will attend

Pink Ribbon Ride October 25th - leaving Mercer St at 9:30 with bands and a festival at Point Cook

Southern Classic Broadford
- October 3rd & 4th

There's also a trip to Bright in the planning stage for Melb Cup week-end. Thinking about leaving Friday 30th Oct riding to Bairnsdale and then on to Bright via Omeo & Hotham on Saturday 31st Oct. Then staying in Bright Sat & Sun nights and ride back on Monday 2nd Nov. All welcome. We'll discuss it more at the next meeting at the Wharfshed on Thursday 24th September

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sad week-end for Geelong RATs

It’s been a sad week-end for us all with the news that our good friend Mick L lost his battle with illness in the early hours of Saturday morning.
He was a charismatic and fun loving bloke & defintely had one of those magnetic personalities that affected everyone that met him.
I can still remember him on our week-end trip to Bright a couple of years ago standing on top of an outdoor table at the back of the pub at about 1am giving me heaps for going to bed early!
No matter how busy he was in the Peter Stevens shop, he’d make time to come over shake hands & have a chat about something that almost always ended with his hearty laugh.
I’m sure everyone in Geelong RAT that knew Mick will remember him as a bloke with a great sense of fun and a “nothing’s too hard” attitude.
My thoughts and I’m sure the thoughts of the guys I ride with go out to his family & to his good mates at Peter Stevens in Geelong who I’m sure are devastated.
I’m sure we’ll all ride together again one day Mick.