Jerusalem Creek Ride 5 January 2014

Ride Report on Bob Tate's Jerusalem Creek Ride

Once again Bob Tate opened the New Year with a great ride.   Over 30 people on 27 bikes gathered at Kalkallo for the start and the weather was much cooler than the past two years.   There was a great mix of regular and newer people and bikes and Dave joined us for his first ride with the branch.  There was also a great mix of bikes including Dave’s Yamaha MT01, a Victory, a Vincent (yes a Vincent) a Triumph, the usual mix of Japanese offerings and a lot of those Bavarian bikes. After greetings were exchanged, newcomers made welcome and briefing completed we headed off north towards Wallan with Raymond performing Tail End Charlie duties.     

From Wallan we headed west to Romsey via the quite spectacular gorge and the grasses looked much drier than several months ago. Once past Lancefield, we headed east again towards Pyalong past an interesting variety of rock outcrops.   If it wasn’t for the wind buffeting us about, I would have said it was perfect riding weather but the wind did make it a challenge.  From there we headed east via some interesting winding roads in more heavily wooded areas to Seymour and stopped at the old service centre on the old highway several kilometres north of Seymour for morning tea.   Rumour has it that one member improved his stock of lemons from a tree nearby.

Once sufficient lies had been exchanged and refreshments taken Bill took over as Tail End Charlie and we headed along the Highlands Road through the Divide to Highlands along some lovely roads (with a bumpy section Bob had warned us about) and then headed back down through Yea to Molesworth where Bob stopped briefly to enable us all to purchase some fresh local cherries.  We then followed Whanregarwen Rd to Alexandra, the “Skyline Road” with its lovely curves and views to Eildon before crossing the pondage and continuing to Jerusalem Creek for lunch.     We enjoyed a leisurely chat over lunch from the back deck of the store overlooking the water.  Kris and I then returned home via the Black Spur and basically had a good run until we reached Healesville.         

It was a great day and Bob Tate, thank you for a well organised, researched and led ride.

John Cook        

PS If you look elsewhere on this site you will find a blog done by Rick which has a link to some great video footage of this ride.  Thanks Rick.          

Gday all

Gday all , Thankyou Bob for a great day with great roads , top destination , Thankyou for a great day , cheers dave

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