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The day before leading this ride I looked out the window at home, and with the heating on, watched lashing rain, hail and wind outside. It was not encouraging but the forecast was for moderating weather the next day, which when it dawned was dry and overcast. So I piled on all winter gear and set off for the start near Calder Raceway where I met Richard, Paul and Len. After a chat and a coffee we left for Diggers Rest and Bacchus Marsh in dry and sometimes windy conditions. Climbing through the Wombat State Forest to Trentham it became cooler and the Trentham area was shrouded in mist, but not in the busy bakery where we warmed up.
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.