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A beautiful sunny morning greeted the club members as they arrived at the designated rendezvous location, with Graham giving a ride brief: we were to do a loop through the northern countryside finishing at Yarra valley. Colin’s new Triumph T120 was getting a lot of admiration and comments as it gleamed in the morning sunshine.
15 keen riders and pillion passengers on an assortment of bikes of all ages and sizes headed for Lancefield, where we were to have morning tea and collecting more members, who were joining us for a shorter ride. With Graham leading the way and Paul taking the tail end position we headed out through Wildwood, passing the Police horse and canine complexes, passing hobby farms and horse studs. Flocks of Galahs & Cockatoos took flight as we streamed past.
You would be hard pressed to find a better looking group of 31 guys [ overshadowed however by the 3 girls] on this outing. These midweek rides seem to be getting more and more popular and the great weather, which we were blessed with that day,makes for an easy decision to fire up the bike. For recent years, I understand this number is a record. Reg Hammond was our ride leader [a thorough and patient leader at that] and as always, seems to know Victoria north of Greensborough like the back of his hand. We took off from Diamond Creek Rd and headed north up Yan Yean Rd through Yarrambat, Doreen, Whittlesea, Wandong and stopped at Broadford [Clifton’s cafe ] for morning tea.
Words alone cannot justify what Ed and nature presented for today’s ride, but the other 14 riders that were there would know what I am talking about. Our starting point was at Chirnside Park, 8.30 for a 9am start, and at 8.55 a phone call to Brendan Fitzgerald (a new member) confirmed that Greg Costello was a definite starter. Minutes later, Greg arrived on his 1969 Velocette Sportsman in absolute mint condition and a beautiful reminder of the past.