We gathered at the Shell service station on the corner of Williamsons Road and Porter Street Templestowe for a 9am start. As predicted it was that sort of morning, a ‘shall I’ or ‘won’t I’ decision whether to pull on the wet weather gear. Along with several others, I compromised with water proof trousers and normal leather jacket on top.
We had eight riders champing at the bit and before setting off Reg our ride leader made special mention that this run was Laure John’s first official run as a new member and we welcomed him accordingly, good on you Laurie. Reg then led us along rustic country roads heading to Kinglake Central via Warrandyte, Kangaroo Ground, Panton Hill, Hurstbridge, Cottles Bridge and St Andrews North. On the way up the long winding St Andrews-Kinglake road we noticed a car had come off the road on a sweeping bend and dropped down into the bush resting at a crazy angle nose down tail up, police tape was attached. We wondered how the driver and maybe passengers had fared. Reg mentioned later he had seen it there on Sunday. From there is was only a short run north to the famous Flying Tarts bakery at Pheasant Creek where lots of delicious coffee and cakes were consumed; for morning tea.
Then we headed off on a bit of a tour around Kinglake West before heading over to Flowerdale then Strath Creek where we had a brief stop to view a full size working replica of an historic water wheel. It’s a replica of Steve Baker’s water wheel, originally built in the mid to late 1800 hundreds to power a gold stamping machine. It’s remains were still in place in a nearby paddock until on Black Saturday, February 2009 when bushfires ravaged the area. This prompted the building of the full size replica sited in the Strath Creek reserve. Most riders and drivers passing through this small hamlet wouldn’t realise this working replica was there! We then road over to Kerrisdale and onto the Goulburn Valley Highway for the run to Yea.
Lunch at the Yea Bakery was the next stop, as usual its packed and we can hardly get a seat in the bakery in the main street, that place is always humming with drivers and riders of 4WDs, 2WDs and one wheel drives (that us). After lunch Reg led us a short ride leading onto the Limestone road and then turning east onto the unsealed Cheviot road to arrive at the site of the historic Cheviot railway tunnel built in 1887 and the Great Victorian Rail Trail now running through it. We all walked the 200m length from one end to the other and took a few photos.
We then rode through Limestone and Glenburn via the Murrindindi loop coming out onto the Melba Highway at Devlins Bridge. At Glenburn some riders had a fuel top up and finally dispersal was on the Melba Highway just out of Yarra Glen. Distance of entire run was just over 200kms.
Thanks Reg for giving us all a very scenic ride, which even included 10 or so kilometres of sound gravel roads. The rain held off and wet weather trousers was all I needed for the whole day as we only encountered one very light shower of rain just after leaving Yea. Thanks also for providing lots of stops to allow the somewhat slower ‘real’ classic bikes, that includes Martyn’s Vincent Comet and my T140 Bonneville, to catch up with the more modern classics.
Reg Hammond (leader) Triumph T100 2016
Colin Sullivan BMW R1200R 2009
Ed Sleightholm Triumph Bonneville 2005
Richard Houghton Kawasaki W800 2012
Laurie John Yamaha FJR 2003
Paul White Triumph Bonneville 2015
Martyn Goodwin Vincent Comet 1951
Paul Woods Triumph T140 1973