It’s Saturday arvo as I write this and we’ve all spent a very pleasant morning dawdling around in the dust. Maybe it was just because I was sweeping, but it was shithouse dusty. Still, it was a great group, with a couple of new faces and a few old ones as well (some are getting quite old). It was great to see such a wide range of bikes – including an 1190R…in all that dust! a Transalp and a Tiger 800 – and an even wider range of people.
The challenges turned out to be good’ns, and a couple of groups sensibly chose the cut-out options. With the dust, some of the hills were way tougher than they should’ve been, and with the cost of bike spares, the cut-outs were a sensible choice.
The award for Champion Of The Ride definitely went to Darcy Ramsay for his effort on the challenge hill. For starters it was brave move for a 17-year-old on his L plates to even tackle the climb, but after he binned it on the first attempt he had the steady nerve to go back to the bottom and try and again. He did it easy on the second attempt, earning Legend status. There’ll be plenty of people who’ll say, “Yeah, but he was on a Dominator, so he had a big head start,” and that may be true, but it took courage and maturity to have that second try in the way that he did (even on a Dominator – a bike considerably older than Darcy).
Darcy’s dad, Dave ‘Headlight’ Ramsay, took a good long look at the challenge bridge before sailing over with only a brief exclamation of surprise. What a crack-up. Darcy’s mum, Karen, was there flying the flag for the girls and had a trouble-free day, producing a card at the end to be signed for Caroline, who hopefully will be back with group soon.
I still can’t believe I worked on the Dominator for maybe 10 minutes at the stop and no-one photographed it. Ha! Sucked in to all of you! If there’s no photos it never happened. The same goes for the coffee at the rider briefing. As far as anyone can prove, I never tipped a flat white over myself and spent the rest of the day with the dust sticking to it like poop to a blanket.
For the record, the Dominator problem was a pannier rack with a broken bolt. Thanks to Darren for pointing it out before it broke loose completely and got all mangled in the rear wheel. Who’d’ve thought that could happen to something bought off Ebay?
Marty H sent a heap of images over so you can have a look at how things went. I was riding sweep, so I didn’t get much in the way of video or pics, but still you’ll get the idea.
Thanks to everyone for coming along, and especially for keeping their sense of humour in the dust. There’s something really uplifting about riding with a group of quality people. It’s a pretty hard feeling to beat.
Who wants another one?
PS: BUGGER! Karen just sent this one:
PPS: Now some pics from Maso!