Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Next Club Ride: Saturday, 4 May to The Roundhouse Museum, Junee (and hopefully the Chocolate Factory)

Date: Sat 4th May
Destination: Roundhouse Railway Museum, Junee
Distance: 450 km
Leave: Caltex Nicholls
Time: Briefing 9:20am, departure 9:30am
Lunch: Red Cow Hotel
Leader: Leo Farrelly 0430 581 672 ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Warning: This is a Saturday ride – don’t turn up on Sunday!

Ride Report: Chomp & Chat - Araluen, Sunday 14 April 2019

Great day for a leisurely sixty minute ride to Araluen Pub for lunch by a dozen or so riders. The ride started with a ride briefing advising all that as it was school holidays, should anyone wish to donate to the NSW Government coffers, then by all means, ride above the speed limit. The Kings Highway at this time of year is a happy hunting ground for the boys in blue. We saw two marked cars on the way to Araluen and another two on the ride back – and that was only the ones we saw – who knows how many hidden ones we blissfully rode past.

Briefing over we all rode sedately to Araluen. The ride down into the valley is twisty, passing beautiful stands of gums. The valley itself is very pretty surrounded by steep hills.

Lunch was plentiful and the company talkative. The publican is very welcoming and friendly. As is the lovely cockatoo, who, as soon as we were off our bikes, started squawking “Hello”. We even saw a lyrebird scurrying into the bush as we rode back up the hill away from Araluen.

A wonderful way to pass some hours on a lazy Sunday.

Riders –

Mick and Tracey Winters
Triumph Trophy SE
Les Robinson
Triumph Trophy 1215
Neil McRitchie
Alan and Lyn Munday
Mark Sayer
Dave Wootton
Garry McCurley
Wayne Best
Ian and Sally Paterson
Andrew Campbell
Barry Solley
Mick Beltrame
Toyota Tin Top

Tracey Winters

Friday, April 26, 2019

Ride Report: Anzac Day at Temora 2019

This was the smallest turnout I can remember for our participation in the Anzac Day commemorations at Temora. However, what we lacked in numbers we made up for (well, a bit) in enthusiasm and gravitas.
Garry leading the Ulysses Canberra Branch contingent
It was an absolutely perfect day for a ride, but I forsook the comfort of the Goldwing to ride shotgun with Peter Arday in his MG 1500 Turbo SUV. Pete had made all the arrangements with the Temora RSL but because his health isn’t that great at the moment, he took the tin-top.
As rides go, it was pretty straightforward. Garry led the two-wheeled cohort, leaving Nicholls bang on 8am and picking up David on the way through Murrumbateman. We had a coffee and pie break at Murrumburrah and pulled into Temora just before 10:30 – perfect timing, as the march started at 10:45.
We were joined by local Ulyssian Greg Wood and the six bikes brought up the rear of the march, which goes around the corner and down Loftus Street to the cenotaph in Callaghan Park. The service was punctuated, as usual, by a stirring flyover by one of the Spitfires from the Aviation Museum. Warren and Kim laid a wreath on behalf of the Ulysses Club Canberra branch.
After the service, we adjourned to the Ex-Services Club for a buffet lunch before heading home.
Ian Paterson

Peter Arday MG 1500 Turbo
Ian Paterson MG 1500 Turbo
Garry McCurley Honda VFR1200
Peter & Kim Gibbins BMW R1200GSA
John Grace Triumph Tiger 1200
Warren Richer Triumph Thruxton R
David O’Dell Indian Chief
Greg Wood Suzuki Boulevard

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Club Ride: 27 and 28 April, Festival of the Falling Leaf, Tumut

Date: Sat 27th – Sun 28th April
Destination: Festival of the Falling Leaf, Tumut
Distance: 480 km
Leave: Caltex Nicholls
Time: Briefing 9:20am, departure 9:30am
Accommodation: Make own arrangements
Note: Tumut’s autumn festival. Street parade 2:00pm Sat, markets Sat arvo, fireworks Sat night at 7.30pm. Return on Sunday via Snowy Mtns Hwy & Cooma.

Next Club Ride: ANZAC Day to Temora

Date: Thu 25th April
Destination: Temora Anzac Day
Distance: 400 km
Leave: Caltex Nicholls
Time: Briefing 7:50am, departure 8:00am sharp
Lunch: Temora Ex-Services Club
Leader: Peter Arday 0411 529 151

Note: Wear yours or your family’s gongs (medals) & ribbons.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Ride Report: Bundanoon Highland Gathering (Brigadoon), 6 April 2019

A mix of vehicles turned up at BP Watson today for the ‘ride’ to Bundanoon – 4 bikes and a car; strangely it was driven by the Mundays, with Sally also tagging along (Ian was apparently ‘busy’ at home).

We left a little after the prescribed start time – thinking there may be a few late starters – or maybe the problem was that this ride was on a Saturday (as posted) (Even I almost forgot when I got up in the morning). The route taken was very car-friendly – straight up the Federal / Hume highway, where we stopped for a coffee and cake at the service centre in Marulan. From here, heading east a couple of clicks up the highway (Highland Way), via a few small towns Tallong, Wingello, Penrose and then Bundanoon. By the time we’d arrived, we had missed the street parade of highland bands etc. Quite a crowd were there, with parking seemingly “miles away” from the event. It was one of those times where one just has to disperse and find a spot wherever you can – which means the group was a bit split up by the time we’d found the entrance.

One of our number decided he didn’t want to go through the gate (perhaps put off by the incessant sounds of bagpipe players at every turn practising - certainly not something my ears enjoy!. I have to say though, it does get better when they’re in tune and rhythm – perhaps the best part of the instruments might have been the street parade we didn’t see).

Basically we all did our own thing, and returned under our own steam, departing when we felt we’d seen it all. (Les rang me some time earlier saying he’s leaving, and when Maream and I left at about 2.15, mine was the only bike there). Alan, Lyn and Sally found a place to sit near the main arena where the Highland Games were on, with one of the events being the “Caber Toss” – a weighty log that needs to be thrown. The car group stayed a bit longer.

List of “riders”:

Alan Munday (Mitsubishi Lancer) – with ‘pillions’ Lyn and Sally Patterson.
Chris & Maream Dietzel (Kwaka GTR1400)
Mark Sayer (a very retro-looking remake of his first bike, Kwaka Z900RS)
Les & Julie Robinson (Triumph Trophy)
Steven Bardwell (Moto Guzzi V7ii)