Evan’s ‘Hanging Over at Kinglake’ ride
This ride report was originally published in the May 2011 issue of the Motorcycle Tourers club magazine, ‘Chain Lube’.
So I peered out the window on Sunday the 17th of April to sunny skies after about four days of grey and raining. Thank goodness weather forecast was for clear sunny skies and 22 degrees.
I hopped on Brendan’s GSXR600 and headed down to South Yarra via Punt Road. The traffic was so bad it took me around 50 minutes! (Ed: just think how much longer it would have taken on the clutchless Virago!)
Because of the bad traffic I arrived around ten to two and Peter, Tim, Brett, Justin, Paul and his pillion (who I cant remember the name of) :-/ had beaten me there!
So after a coffee and several ciggies to wait for people that might have been stuck in the horrible traffic – and for justin to change his mind and tail end it down to St Kilda beach for a run (more like a perve) – we headed off for Kinglake via the Eastern Freeway.
It was a great day for a ride and every one was well rested and very relaxed. We took the Bulleen Rd exit and headed via the Yarra scenic route to Warrandyte then turned at Kangaroo Ground for Kinglake via the back route.
For me this was the best bit; nice windy roads and I had managed to get in front of all those pesky country Toyota 4x4s doing 30 under the speed limit but alas most of the group got caught behind them.
When we arrived in Kinglake it was bike central with plenty of eye candy around. Due to the amount of bikers the bakery had already been cleaned out of meat pies! Most of the club opted for the next best thing: a giant apple strudel! Tasty!
We ate afternoon tea and waited for Brett to get a good spot to take photos and headed back on the same route we took on the way up. On the way back down the road I made sure we got a good break in cars so the riders could have a good blast on the way down… I know I sure did 🙂
I ended the ride at my house which was just off the Eastern Freeway and most of the riders joined me for a coffee and a chat.
So thanks everyone for joining me on my maiden ride for the club. 🙂
And thank you so much to the club for welcoming me into it I feel I have grown sooo much from the friends I have made and experiences I’ve had (running out of petrol, getting lost, bits falling of my bike) 😛
I feel it’s so important that we continue to grow and reach out to younger members and help them as much as its helped me.
Lots of love to you all.