Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ride Report – Tidbinbilla 15 January 2017

Ron Tito took over leading this ride in the absence of David Formica, who is over in the land of the long white cloud for a holiday.

It was a blue sky sunny day at Hume servo with an estimated top of 30 degrees – this meant a big turn out for this comfortable run round some of Canberra’s finest riding roads (and some of Canberra’s worst riding roads). We called ahead to the café but FYI  they don’t book tables on a weekend – they did appreciate the heads up that 20 Ulysseans were on their way. 

Leigh rocked up on his Royal Enfield only to be the subject of a few friendly jibes like “he should have left yesterday to get there for lunch today” and “doesn’t he know we don’t have a break down trailer on this ride” ……. Leigh took them in good humour, his bike is pretty impressive and the main thing is, he loves it. 

Peter Arday regaled us with a true story about corner marking during the ride briefing – citing an instance where the corner marker changed his blinker direction to avoid misunderstandings between himself and a car – and a long standing member took off like a rocket in the wrong direction. In fact, it was stated that she took off so fast they had difficulty catching up with her real retro 250!

We headed up Mugga Lane to Sulwood Drive and out through Coombs to Uriarra village and on to Moon Rock. During the hour and a half it took us to get to Moon Rock on Ron’s interesting route, we saw no wildlife - unless you counted the sports bikes zooming in the opposite direction – some of those were pretty wild.

The two old (but extremely lovable) blokes in Tail End Camry did well, scooting along behind the riders on two wheels each. 

Two for Tango

On arrival at Moon Rock, Carol was greeted like a rock star -  with an Indian family crowding around to take pictures of her and her bike and find out all about the green Can Am. Strangely, none of the Indian family were interested in the Royal Enfield. Go figure.

During lunch, it was reported to the Secretary that Mark Mitchell drank a milkshake, ate a ham and cheese croissant and a piece of apple pie, and for dessert had a pie and chips with sauce. It’s also rumoured that Mark may have hollow legs.

After lunch, some headed toward Tharwa and home, while Julie, Mick, Andrea, Peter and Robert took an interesting side trip to Corin Dam with Mark Mitchell in the lead.

Kim Moorey


  • Andrea Lanagan GSXR
  • Andrew Campbell FJR 1300
  • Ash Plumb F6B 1800
  • Barry Solley ST1300
  • Carol Solley Can Am
  • Julie Hyland Honda Sports
  • Kim Moorey F700GS
  • Leigh Nielsen Royal Enfield GT
  • Mark Mitchell Ducati Scrambler
  • Michael Venables Harley 1690
  • Mike and Sharon Kelly BMW R1200RT
  • Peter Arday Toyota Camry
  • Peter Thomas BMW F800GS
  • Robert Vernals TU250
  • Ron Tito R1200GS
  • Steve Hayes VStrom 650
  • Trevor McLeod Toyota Camry