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Mad Dogs and Englishman out in the midday sun! Well maybe no mad dogs but the riders were either English or English heritage-most of them anyway, but the midday sun was a truly gruelling 37deg.
It was cool when we left Greensborough on the Yan Yean Road towards Whittlesea, Kinglake West and down to Yea for morning tea at the Bakery. Unfortunately two busloads of tourists appeared on the scene and the bakery staff was well and truly flat out. ( All three of them). Our fearless leader Reg set off down the street to a less crowded establishment and when I say less crowded that crowd consisted of the two tour bus drivers.
Off again on a back road to Alexandra and it was a terrific road. A few hills and twisties, lots of trees and cows and no traffic and Reg held the “Regroups” down to what appeared to be his bare minimum. (The last one at Yarck was due to a minor bike problem that got sorted) A beautiful section of road, none the less.
It was hot when we arrived in Alexandra for petrol and unfortunately got a bit extended with minor problems being sorted out before heading off to Marysville for lunch. The flies were over joyed at our arrival and gave us their full attention for the duration of the stay.
The last “Re-Group” was celebrated at Dom Dom for a pit stop before heading to Healesville and splitting off to our separate homes.
Peter had nearly finished the ride briefing when Adrian Nash pulled up on his Kawasaki and said “I’m not happy”. Adrian had gone to the ‘other ‘ start point we sometimes use in Cranbourne, before realising he had got it wrong. No matter, 9 riders and 1 pillion were soon on their way. Just to explain, Peter Cullen was our ride leader for the day as Ed Sleightholm was recovering from recent surgery. (Hope you’re back on the saddle soon).
Ed had supplied Peter the ride route, but Peter remarked he had to go over the route twice before getting it down pat.
We travelled east through flat countryside to Bayles and Modella before arriving at the green hills and tall eucalypts around Drouin, stopping at Moe for morning tea.
Ray Harrison has been running this rally for the club for 15 years. He reckons he won’t be doing another one so 33 of us joined him over the weekend of 24-25 November to enjoy the riding and company that this rally always offers.
Saturday dawned bright and sunny so I put the sun cream, hat, sunnies, summer gloves and water bottle in the tank bag before setting off for the start at Ray’s place at Croydon North. After briefing us Ray led the way along quiet back roads to join the Maroondah Highway to Healesville where traffic delayed us momentarily.