A perfect opportunity for Mick and Tracey to go on a ride without travelling too far to get to the start, but alas, Mick was not up to it. They did however, walk their dog down to greet us at the Caltex servo and wish us well for the ride. Thanks guys.
St Pedro came to greet us as well, but would only ride as far as the turnoff to Tarago and then he headed home. Great to see you out on the bike, Pete.
So the rest of us headed off down the Kings Highway toward Nelligen for our first stop. The skies changed from blue to grey a number of times and the road was wet in many places going down the Clyde, but we didn’t see any rain ourselves. We had a steady ride down on a front tyre that was due for replacement. They had reserved a table for us on the balcony at the River Café. What a lovely spot, looking out over the river. Coffee was great too. Must stop there again, and again.
|Morning tea at Nelligen|
From here, we made our way past the Bay and on to Bodalla. We ordered our lunches (most menu items had cheese on them – funny about that) and were seated out the back on the upper deck at the Bodalla Dairy and were entertained with live music just below.
The discussion over lunch was centred around the best route home. Some said once on the Clyde in a day was enough, others said there would be a lot of back to school traffic going home from the Bay. We had plenty of time, so why not keep going south and back up the Brown Mtn. So it was agreed. All but one, who headed back up the way we came, while the rest went down. Petrol was the next requirement. We filled up in Cobargo and continued on our way.
Unfortunately, we were not even half way up the mountain when we got stuck behind an very slow car (not even a truck) and there being no opportunity to overtake on that road, we had to sit it out. But not to worry, we got there just the same. A rest stop and farewell at Polo Flat servo and we then made our way home.
Lots of “lollypop” cars everywhere to make sure everyone was behaving themselves and made it to their respective destinations safely.
It was a great day for a ride – we did 550 kms - and we had great company. Thank you to those who joined us.
Alan & Lyn Munday Yamaha FJR1300
Darryl Palin Honda GL1800
Neil McRitchie Kawasaki GTR1400
Neil Goldfinch Suzuki GSXR1300R
Peter Daniell BMW GS1200A
Mick Beltrame BMW RT1200GSLC
Chris Dietzel Kawasaki GTR1400
Peter Arday Honda 700 Deauville