Blog: December 22. Merry Christmas to everyone.

Awaiting the sunrise.

Awaiting the sunrise on Sawtell headland.

Hello to everyone. I admit it: I’m rooted.

It’s Sunday arvo, and I’ve dragged my semi-conscious self to the in-laws for lunch and tried to stay awake, and now I’m slumped in front of the desk looking forward to the time I can say, “Off to bed!” without looking TOO much like I’m a worn-out old sook.

This state of affairs is brought about yesterday’s Longest Day ride.

I’ve done some fabulous rides this year, but I haven’t enjoyed any of them more than yesterday’s 750km with a stack of great people. There were great people from start to finish.

First up Boris Everson and Dan Vaughan both came to the start. Dan and Boris are the current record holders on Longest Day, although they don’t seem to get much recognition for their incredible effort last year.

Boris Everson

Boris Everson.

Dan Vaughan

Dan Vaughan.

Marty Hardcore showed up to lead us on the first section and try and sell discs to everyone.

There were 15 riders on the headland, and I was surprised at the number. The other big surprise was Gav Gill not being there. As the sun threatened to peak above the horizon, who should arrive? Only frigging SANTA! With lollies! On his BMW named ‘Blitzen’!

 

Santa!

Santa!

Off we went at 5.38am. Dan was on a scooter, but if he’d stayed with us I doubt I’d’ve kept up with him. He followed us down from the headland and peeled off to his home as we approached the highway. Boris mounted up on his veteran 625SXC and hit the road behind Marty H as we headed up to Dorrigo.

From there the day was one laugh after the other, with premium riding in between.

Karen and Dave Ramsay brought their usual breath of humour and great company, Ray (Butch) flew the Radguard banner with his mighty Benalli, Chris Laan and Maso rocked in from the Shed Market, Craig Murcott, Craig Wilson from The Caper, a couple of guys from Guyra – I still don’t know how they came to be there, but they were top blokes – Pottsy, Gav, Lean Mean Dean (Caroline is recovering, and was with us in spirit, for sure), Marty of course…just as good a group as anyone could hope for on any ride, let alone a perfect Summer day with not a cloud in the sky.

I’m not going to outline the story here in words and bore you all to death. I’ll run a few pics. Those who were there might get a smile out of the memories (and perhaps a revelation or two). Those who missed the ride this year can get a pretty good idea of how things went.

My tripmeter showed just over 750km when I arrived home at sunset. That’s less than half the distance of a ‘serious’ Longest Day ride, but as I admitted, I’m shagged today, and feel that I’ve shared a really great ride with some truly great people, and that’s more than good enough for me. I’m really hoping we can do it again next year.

Have a great Christmas everyone, and thanks for all you’ve done to make 2013 a great year.

See you all in 2014!

TF

THE GALLERY

The Wimpy, ready to go.

The Wimpy, ready to go.

Ray from RadGuard kept his Benalli on the mainjet...and the back wheel a lot of time.

Ray from RadGuard kept his Benalli on the mainjet…and the back wheel a lot of time.

Chris Laan showed up looking a little worn, but came good during the day. Dave 'Maso' Mason left the group at Ebor before I could get his pic.

Chris Laan showed up looking a little worn, but came good during the day. Dave ‘Maso’ Mason left the group at Ebor before I could get his pic.

Look away, kiddies. This one is a little tough to explain, but anyone who's curious should ask Pottsy for details.

Look away, kiddies. This one is a little tough to explain, but anyone who’s curious should ask Pottsy for details.

Pottsy led us on a great ride, and it's best we show him in this hat, not his entry in the competition.

Pottsy led us on a great ride, and it’s best we show him in this hat, not his entry in the competition.

Craig Murcott manufactured a hat from materials at hand.

Craig Murcott manufactured a hat from materials at hand.

Karen Ramsay fired the opening shot in The Great Hat Shootout with this little number.

Karen Ramsay fired the opening shot in The Great Hat Shootout with this little number.

 

Dave's hat was interactive. He'd wait for someone to say, "That's a funny-lloking hat,"...

Dave’s hat was interactive. He’d wait for someone to say, “That’s a funny-looking hat,”…

...then the hat would reply.

Then the hat would reply.

After a referral to the tribunal, the award went to Craig for his reindeer Onsie, even though it frightened the children at the Inverell Macca's. His prize was he got to hold hands with Gav.

After a referral to the tribunal, the award went to Craig W for his reindeer Onesie, even though it frightened the children at the Inverell Macca’s. His prize was he got to hold hands with Gav.

Deano was a little intimidated by Pottsy's effort and wasn't game to don his hat until had some escape room out in the parking lot.

Deano was a little intimidated by Pottsy’s effort and wasn’t game to don his hat until he had some escape room out in the parking lot.

The heat got a bit much mid-afternoon.

The heat got a bit much mid-afternoon.

Sunset as the group broke up at Coramba. A fantastic day. Roll on 2014!

Sunset as the group broke up at Coramba. A fantastic day. Roll on 2014!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 comments

  • pottsy on December 22, 2013 at 7:46 am said:

    hey my bike was ” showing ” how much it was enjoying the ride , was a great ride with great people , great wide variety of bikes , and I still thing I was robbed for not getting best christmas hat

  • Chris on December 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm said:

    Thanks for inviting me along, sorry I baled in the end but the mental image of Potsies hat was too much and I wasn’t game to hang around too much longer in case the “bone” was pointed my way.

    I will get some training in for next years event to try and last the full distance although that might just mean not getting smashed the night before.

    Enjoy Christmas and roll on the New Year, good times for all I am sure.

  • Craig Murcott on December 22, 2013 at 9:41 pm said:

    Well i finally washed enough dust out of my eyes to
    use the computer.
    Even though it wasn’t the normal longest day run it was still a top ride with a heap of cool people.
    750ks
    is still a good effort.
    It’s a shame the Grinch siphoned Marty Hardcors fuel
    tank the night before and he had to turn back after
    running low on fuel,it made it eerily quite at the rest stops without him.
    With all the talk of the previous longest day runs it’s got me thinking about having a crack at going
    the full distance i don’t think its all about the
    bike and rider but also strategy…so i guess i’v
    got a year to think up some,any idea’s??
    It was a pleasure to spend a day out with smiles all
    round and the final run home down Lowana mountain
    with Gav was a hoot..when can we do it again Gav?

  • Dean anthony on December 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm said:

    Thanks for the ride had a blast any time I am riding I have a smile on my face and when you are riding with good friends it is even better so have great Xmas and a safe new year and Caroline and I look forward to seeing you all next year.

    Cheers Dean

  • marty on December 23, 2013 at 4:06 am said:

    i had to babysit and had more discs to sell[2 on the way home, almost out of stock so it’s nearly safe to park your bike in the open] As for the longest day with so much tar you might be better off on the truimph. My favourite idea is con a 4wd into a challenge ]wolfy] with a bike rack and sit in the back of a landcruiser all the way home drinking burbon only trouble is the way wolfy drives, long range tanks and bull bar the 4wd would flog the bikes

  • Dave on December 23, 2013 at 8:38 am said:

    WOW !! Terrific way to end what has been an Eventful, Challenging, Enlightning & Wonderful chapter in our Adventure Riding foray. Over the course of this year we have had the pleasure to meet & ride with lots of generous people, both with your time, knowledge & enthusiasm for Adventure riding. We’ve shared some scary moments, laughed at the funny ones & delighted in our small accomplishments. Thanks to each & every one of you for making 2013 a year to remember. As Tom has said “Roll on 2014 ”
    Dave Karen & Darc Ramsay.

  • Craig on December 24, 2013 at 7:53 am said:

    Thanks for the ride Was a great way to finish off the year. Merry Xmas to you all, hope to do much more riding next year. Sorry Pottsey but the Onesie deserved to win.

  • pottsy on December 26, 2013 at 5:56 am said:

    Hey Craig , that ride got me keen for next year , maybe , well we will see but would be fun to wobble out that way again , will keep in touch

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