Saturday, February 15, 2020

Ride to Tidbinbilla Tracking Station – Deep Space Café Sunday, 16 February 2020

After a night of torrential rain, the day started off sunny with a light breeze.  We met 10 riders at the new Caltex in Weston, with Jenny just coming to the Cotter because work. Gets in the way of everything enjoyable in my opinion …..

I took a great photo in McDonalds, showing equal numbers of lady riders to male riders – something I have not seen on a Ulysses ride before. Made me happy that this rapidly growing market is coming along to our rides. 3 more riders turned up at the meet point while the ride briefing was underway, and I was very pleased because we had picked up another lady rider (and two more blokes).

Ride leader Ron took us on an as advertised leisurely jaunt through to Uriarra,and on to the Tracking Station. You needed your wits about you in some sections, with plenty of debris from the previous night’s storm to stay on the lookout for. A dump of dirt and the contents of a waterway were spilt all over the road at one section, but we dodged it artfully and without incident.

At the Deep Space Communications Complex, we didn’t mark the corner because we thought everyone knew the location and there were plenty of big signs, we should have done so because a couple of riders went past the turnoff. Lucky for us Kevin rounded them up on his Indian and we all made it to the venue to sample the Café’s new ownership.

The new and improved deck outside is lovely with plenty of large wooden tables and shade sails, and the weather was perfect. I didn’t eat anything, but most of the food looked just fine – not sure about Carol’s quiche - but for the most part, the sandwiches looked pretty good although strangely they were not cut. They have no Earl Grey tea, so I had to settle for English Breakfast and my pet hate of a tea bag in a tea pot. Tea drinkers will understand, right?

 Al was riding his old classic Suzuki and had something fall off, or something wouldn’t open, or something else happened that I have no knowledge of when we were getting ready to leave, but we were soon on our way home via Tharwa. It was great to finally see some green in the countryside after the catastrophy of the past few months – January has been a very long year.



  • Angela Beatty        Honda 250R            
  • Al Munday             Suzuki GT750
  • Andrew Campbell   BMW R1250RS       
  •  Kevin Sherman     Indian  
  •  Melissa Davis        Honda 700            
  • Barry Solley           Honda ST1300
  • Neil McRitchie        Kawasaki GTR1400        
  • Carol Solley           Can Am Spyder
  • Janet Mulgrue        Suzuki Burgman        
  • Kim Tito                BMW F700GS
  • Kerry Mulgrue        Yamaha TMax            
  • Ron Tito                 BMW R1200GS    

Thursday, February 13, 2020

February RO2 is now available! (Plus ride reminders)

The February 2020 RO2 is now available for your viewing pleasure!

Click >>here << to go to the RO2 page

 Extras: RIDE Reminders

Don't forget there are two events on this weekend!

After you've recovered from Valentines Day ... there's a Saturday and Sunday ride:

Date:                 Saturday 15th February
Destination:      'The Nerriga Nosh for Bushfire Relief'  
Distance:           220km there and back
McDonalds Queanbeyan
Briefing 10:30am, departure 11:00am
Arthur Mitchell (
Route notes:    
Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Tarago, Oallen to Nerriga for lunch at the pub. 

Comment:         Ride hosted by Blue Knights Australia II Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and inviting all Knights, Defence Riders and Ulysses Club Canberra and family and friends.  >>Further info<<

Date:              Sun 16th February
Destination:      Chomp & Chat: Tidbinbilla
Distance:          90 km
Leave:             Caltex, Kirkpatrick St & Cotter Rd, Weston
Time:               Briefing 10:20am, departure 10:30am
Lunch:              Moon Rock Café, Tidbinbilla
Leader:             Ron Tito 0408 697 289
Route notes:      Out via the Cotter, back via Tharwa.

BMW F800GS for sale

Peter Thomas has his well sorted BMW F800GS for sale - if you are interested have a look at the >>For Sale page <<.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Volunteers for BBQ Fundraiser @ JOE’S MOTORCYCLES on 22/2/2020

We are planning a CANBERRA BRANCH ULYSSESS BBQ Fundraiser @ JOE’S MOTORCYCLES on  Saturday 22nd February 2020 8:30am – 3pm
 15 Collie Street FYSHWICK  

We are calling for Volunteers to help out on the day!!

Contact BBQ Co-ordinator – Tony Henderson on  0408 451 220 or email: and let Tony know when you are available. 

Come along and check out Joe's Gear Shop and the  range of new and used motorcycles.


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Cobargo ride 9th Feb CANCELLED

Word just in is that the Cobargo ride has been cancelled due to ongoing bushfire.

Stay safe folks!

Note: There will be a member of the ride committee attending the advertised meeting site in cas anyone misses this advice.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Numbers requested for the Nerriga Ride on the 15th Feb

Arthur Mitchell has just messaged that he would appreciate any riders who intend to attend the Nerriga ride to let him know for booking/catering on the day:

"Hi Folks

If any of the maybes or those wanting to attend the Nerriga ride on 15 Feb (see the events tab on facebook) could confirm by Monday 10 Feb so I can make necessary bookings at the Pub that would be greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you there




Friday, January 31, 2020

Snowy Loop - CANCELLED due to ongoing fire risks

Ride leader Al Munday has advised that the ride scheduled for this Sunday, 2 February has been cancelled due to the current and ongoing bushfire. 

Alan or Ian will attend Caltex Woolworths HUME to advise any rider who does not receive this message. Alans contact number is 0438 510 137