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In keeping with the theme I decided to participate in the last minute ride..... at the last minute. I’d had a previous commitment which fell through and was also keen to test ride my new bike jacket so I found myself at 7.30 am Sunday morning scrambling around my garage adjusting chains, pumping tyres and attempting to start a now flooded Ducati. From Keilor East it’s about 45 mins via Tullamarine freeway, M3 and Ringwood bypass and I arrived at Chirnside park shopping centre through thick fog just in time to interrupt Graham’s pre-ride instructions.
The sun was shining as Rod Dutton our Lead rider and host for the day gave us a detailed description of our ride itinerary and destination, (his place) went in one ear and out the other: We will follow! With Noel Wills as TEC we headed South toward the Torquay Hwy, a right turn a quick turn left into Reserve Rd, and a right into Horseshoe Bend Rd, turned right at Mt Duneed Rd, crossed Surfcoast Hwy, took the following roads, Blackgate, Willowite, Grassdale, Hendy Main, Larcombes, Church Rd, Cape Otway Rd, Hortips Rd, Considines, crossed the Colac Hwy to Barrabool Rd through Ceres until we reached Highton, a couple of Streets in to get to Rods house in Hutcheson Ave. (trip distance approximately 70km). A great ride with plenty of corner marshalling that worked like clockwork.
Two days of rain, strong south-westerly wind and low cloud preceded this ride, but Graham’s order for a perfect day was fulfilled – sunny and not too hot. Vicki and I joined the ride at morning coffee break at the Crib Point Cafe 202, on the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula south of Hastings. The cafe staff were efficient and friendly and we had a pleasant chat over coffee while some riders enjoyed a pleasant chat outside. It was good to see that an interesting and wide range of bikes had been brought out for the ride, all of which performed without problems.
Our Shed Run out to Noel Wills place in Leopold was lead by Mal Loone on with Stan Rogers as TEC. A couple of back roads to avoid traffic lights, within minutes we are out on Gazepore Road headed towards Mount Duneed, crossed the Surfcoast Hwy and onto Horseshoe Bend Road with a few more turns we were riding along the Thirteenth Beach Strip, through Barwon Heads and over the bridge, around the back of Ocean Grove and Wallington Road and then back towards Leopold to Noels House.
Six of us met at Laverton on the Princes Freeway under a bright blue sky and a forecast max of 30 degrees. Ed briefed us on the ride and the importance of corner marshalling, and then led us on a short blast along the freeway before turning west towards the You Yangs. Soon after we were enjoying the sweeping bends of the road through the Brisbane Ranges National Park which led us to Meredith where we were joined by our friends from Geelong and Ballarat for a cuppa at the Meredith Corner Store.