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This rally was a late addition to the club’s events calendar and a welcome one, filling a midwinter gap. Thanks go to Ian Snadden, Rob van Lohuizen and Richard Sommerville for organising it. Socialising started as soon as we arrived at the motel at Eildon and continued Friday evening at the Golden Trout Motel Bistro during dinner. Cold weather seems to enhance a sense of togetherness. It was good to have most of the bikes snugly tucked away beneath the motel verandah.
We gathered at the Shell service station on the corner of Williamsons Road and Porter Street Templestowe for a 9am start. As predicted it was that sort of morning, a ‘shall I’ or ‘won’t I’ decision whether to pull on the wet weather gear. Along with several others, I compromised with water proof trousers and normal leather jacket on top.
Rod Dutton kindly put up his hand for this month`s shed run. Ten riders assembled for a run taking in some of the roads used on the previous T.A.R.T. run. From our start point Rod took us through the lights at Warn Ponds shopping centre along Pioneer Rd. to Torquay Rd. turning left into Reserve Rd. getting out of the Metro area and onto Horseshoe Bend Rd. where we passed through what will be a new housing estate.
The first ride in winter and a snappy 4 degrees, kept numbers down to just 6 dedicated riders; all be it cold ,fine sunny conditions awaited us. No set destination had been planned. So after a brief discussion, we decided a trip to the Otway`s was the go; with Forest the place to visit.......