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Ron Study was our host and lead rider for today`s Shed run, with eight two- wheeled participants and one four-wheeled participant. The forecast was for rain which kept some away, but as it turned out we got through in fine weather. Our journey took us along the undulating Barrabool Hills via Cochrane's, Barrabool and Devon Roads before crossing the Princes Hwy to Cape Otway Road into Moriac.
Being Father's Day, not many riders were expected to turn up for our monthly ride. However, 13 riders arrived for a shortened ride to the Drysdale Vintage Machinery Show. After leaving Waurn Ponds we rode out to Mt Duneed via the Anglesea road, a short hiccup at the roundabout on Barwon Heads road saw some riders turn right with no marshal in place? This left our elder statesman Noel Wills stranded on a corner for an hour. Soon after I had a short conversation with my son and all was forgiven.
The Ride & Ruffit to Llanelly looked very promising - good weather, but as I arrived late at 9:10 am I didn't spear off at the designated BP starting point, expecting to run down the rear end Charlie at a later point. To my surprise I was overtaken by the group travelling on a ridge to my left and soon took up position behind what I thought was a diesel powered British bike- I knew I had found The Classic Club! Later on after travelling through Toolern Vale and stopping at New Bridge to 'adjust the electrolytes' I got the full story from Rick the owner of a well presented Triumph triple, that it was 20/50 and not a Castrol R bouquet I was rather expecting - drat. This discovery, however did not detract from the overall splendour of the bikes on offer/display.
With predicted warm conditions and sunshine I was reckoning on finding about 15 riders at the Diamond Creek Road starting point, so it was good to see that the tally became 24. The list of riders shows an interesting mix of bikes including several classics. Jack briefed us about the ride before leading us out to Yan Yean Road and Whittlesea for a morning coffee break at the Flying Tarts Cafe at Kinglake West, where we met Ian and Graham bringing the total of riders to 26 (plus two pillion riders) which must be approaching a record for a midweek ride.
Here we are, the six of us, at the Laverton start (photo 1 shows Lal Lal Falls) and your scribe just volunteered to do the ride report and Rene puts a hand up to rear ride. Now we are going through Little River, these are the roads where they raced motorcycles in the 1950s. I’m on a Manx Norton leading the pack on this stretch. We are following many road signs ‘To Prisons’, maybe to visit relos? Must be getting close as those two hitchhikers in coloured clothing are obviously escapees. Or perhaps locals following the current fashion trend for gaol-themed garb.