This was a late (10AM) start ride from the Diamond Creek Rd servo., with 11 riders showing up in promisingly good weather.
We had two apologies: Sam Pannettieri having a bout of flu and John Killingsworth having a bout of punctured tyre prior to leaving home.
If they had come on the ride it would have been an unlucky 13 bikes, so someone would have been sent home!
Member Rene rode from his Drouin home to the start via Powelltown and other Gippsland wilds; a day’s trip in itself.
The ride was via Yarrambat and Whittlesea to Kinglake West where wouldn’t you know, steady rain started, then heavier through Kinglake and its National Park.
Dry weather for our Yea lunch stop but, of course rain recommenced on our leaving.
That 10km of major road to Molesworth has been rebuilt and it is like riding in a cage between the Armco and road centre wire barriers, with 80KPM signage everywhere.
Proclaimed a “crash zone”, appears more like an expensive safety overkill.
No such treatment (yet) of the 18Km Molesworth-Maroondah Hwy. “racers road” one of the State’s best.
Then it was straight down to Healesville bakery; at 2PM/200Km from the start, for afternoon coffee and cake in lieu of a morning tea stop.
Some riders went home via the Christmas Hills, others to eastern suburbs and one the long run to Drouin.
· Well planned/led with good regroupings.
· Well rear-ridden by Graham (former Club Captain experience!)
· Wet day benefit : few tourists on road, in bakeries.
· Jury still out on ride later start : traffic benefits for some, not others.
* Good company and corner marking discipline.
* Thanks to Richard Haughton for organising and leading this ride.
Richard Haughton Kawasaki W800 2012
Martyn Goodwin Honda Modern 2015
Graham Boulter BMW R1200GS 2011
Colin Sullivan BMW R 1200R 2009
Ian Snadden BMW R1100GS 1995
Rene Krausz BMW R100T 1989
Jack Youdan Yamaha FZ1S 2006
John Best BMW R80 1986
James Linton Triumph TR7 1974
Damien Lewer Honda VFR750 1992
Ray Isles BMW Scarver 2004