Blog: June 23. Poker Run done. What next?

The Poker Run went off a treat – or so it seemed to me. I sat in the Macca’s car park all day drinking coffee and yarning with Gav Gill and later on, Chris Laan. That was a pleasant Saturday for me. I’d been on a four-day ride for work last week, so I enjoyed sitting in the sun and doing not much. I also enjoyed seeing everyone else have a good time.

The day got off to a great start when I told everyone they’d have to push on if they wanted to get five loops in before 4.00pm. Everyone listened politely, nodded, then went back to yarning and drinking coffee.

It turned out to be a good start to the ride, because from there everyone stayed pretty relaxed and seem to enjoy the day. Pottsy set great loops and did a superb job sweeping when it seemed necessary, and Marty did the same with the Joker Loop.

At the end of it all, there were 21 riders drawing cards, and the final Best Hand cup went to Marty H. Marty did the Joker Loop first, and his wild card made his pair of eights into three-of-a-kind, which was enough to edge out Craig ‘Onesie’ Wilson’s three sevens.

Pottsy’s Choice was a tough call. Jonah Richards’ young bloke, Reed, did such a great job on his KLR250, and with very little riding time before the ride, that he was a frontrunner. But the quiet and hardly seen Meg Lees got the nod. She showed up alone and rode alone all day. Meg seemed to enjoy herself and didn’t let anything faze her much. She took over three hours to do the long southern loop, had a fall, and still turned up smiling to say goodbye to everyone. Her great spirit nudged her just in front of Reed, and she took the cup…except she didn’t. Meg had gone home by the time that was decided. If anyone knows how to contact Meg, there’s an engraved Touratech camp mug here for her.

The Hard Luck award went to one of my Bellingen cousins (probably…we must have a common ancestor somewhere back in the convict days, surely) Matthew Foster, who managed to bury his bike up to the axles in a boghole just off the main road right at the end of the day. The Foster brothers went out with Pottsy very late to try and grab a a couple of quick cards and fill out their hands before before the cutoff, only to be caught out by the rain. Pottsy had the good sense to get a pic, so as soon as he sends it, I’ll post it up here.

That left Marty’s Vince Strang and DualSport Australia disc awards, and I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t write down who took those away. That was about the time I was beginning to think it really was going to rain, and I really needed to give everyone a chance to get out of there before the rain started, so we pushed through those awards way too quickly – I have a memory of Jonah scoring a disc..?

Anyhoo, I was really happy with the way the day went. If you have any stories to add, I’d be glad to post them. Either that, or you can ‘comment’ to add thoughts and so forth. I felt especially glad to see Nick and Adam from Lismore (especially seeing as they were on Hondas, so were obviously Top Blokes), and Ian Miller and Trev Shannon, who spent a lot of time discussing their alcohol intake leading up to the event, and they thought it’d perhaps been excessive. That was the discussion up until about 2.00pm. Then the discussion changed to their proposed alcohol intake at Craig Wilson’s that night, and how the previous few days hadn’t been all THAT excessive after all.

I think the only genuine DNF was Richard, who’s bike was spluttering a tad after the first lap. He rode off to get some attention at the local dealer mid-morning.

Pottsy’s keen to do a two-day event, and I feel like the long days of Summer are the go, so we’ll talk about that and let you know what we come up with.

Next ride

Meanwhile, the next big ride will be the Ramsay’s Long-Awaited Scenic Rim Ride.

Dave and Karen have been doing a LOT of riding, and have been promising a ride up their way (Grafton/Nymboida area). Now it’s on. July 12 and 13. Write it down, because it’ll be one of the best rides of the year.

Here’s the lowdown…


 

The Ramsay’s long-awaited ride!

SCENIC RIM RIDE

Overnight at the Australian Hotel in Boonah

Proposed itinerary

Saturday

* Meet at Macca’s south of Grafton to leave at 8.30am

* Minimum fuel range required 240km

* Clarence Way

* Tabulam- food/fuel

* Paddys Flat Road

* Through Tooloom National Park

* KIllarney for lunch and fuel

* Condamine River Road (14 rocky creek crossings)

* White Swamp Road past Lake Maroon to Cannon Creek Road

* Boonah – overnight. Pub rooms $40 twin share or $60 single

Sunday

* Canon Creek Road to Barney View Road past Mount Barney

* Mount Lindsay Highway to Summerland Way

* Cox’s Road through Toonumbar National Park then on to Richmond Range along the Cambridge Plateau

* Cheery Tree Road to Old Lawrence Road

* West through Pickpeen, then onto Clarence Way

* Coaldale Road to Grafton

The round trip is approximately 600km starting and finishing at Grafton. The terrain is a mix of tar, gravel, dirt and forestry tracks, and includes three Adventure Challenge locations.

What’s on offer: spectacular scenery, reasonable company and great adventure riding.

What’s not on offer: support vehicle, roadside assistance or a packed lunch.

If you’d like to join what looks like a superb ride, please let Dave and Karen know by June 29 so they can book rooms at the pub. If you’ll ride but won’t need accom, please let them know by July 11.

You can contact Dave on 0447 788 055, or e-mail ramsayruralfencing@bigpond.com.


 

Here’s the pics I have from the Poker Run so far. Mine are all from the Macca’s parking lot, but Marty H sent some good’ns from around the loop. If you have any you’re happy to share, send ’em in and I’ll post them.

Ian and Trev.

Ian and Trev

Darcey Ramsay on the Darcinator. He started the day on the KLR

Darcey Ramsay on the Darcinator. He started the day on the KLR

It was great to have Jonah on another ride

It was great to have Jonah on another ride

To the batpoles!

To the batpoles!

Ian and Trev went for a wander in the mine

Ian, Darren and Trev went for a wander in the mine

Maybe Darren was planning to get the DR in there for a fast getaway?

Maybe Darren was planning to get the DR headlight to throw some light on the subject?

A derailled chain did some damage to Craig Murcott's DR650

A derailled chain did some damage to Craig Murcott’s DR650

Dunno what's happening here. It's Darren, anyway.

Dunno what’s happening here. It’s Darren, anyway.

Reed Richards went close to the Pottsy's Choice award, not for tackling the Joker Loop, but for getting that close to Gav Gill when Gav was on his knees!

Reed Richards went close to the Pottsy’s Choice award, not for successfully tackling the Joker Loop, but for getting that close to Gav Gill when Gav was on his knees!

Trust him. He's a doctor

Trust him. He’s a doctor

Jonah thought his hand was looking like 'shit' halfway through the day. With the final lunge at the Joker Loop, though, he managed a pair...which was a bit shit.

Jonah thought his hand was looking like ‘shit’ halfway through the day. With the final lunge at the Joker Loop, though, he managed a pair…which really was a bit shit.

Craig's Onesie didn't make an appearance (much to everyone's relief)

Craig’s Onesie didn’t make an appearance (much to everyone’s relief)

Ramdog Dave, my long-lost cousins Matthew and Chris, and at the back, Rob Baker. Dave baked another sensational batch of ANZAC cookies for the day

Ramdog Dave, my long-lost cousins Matthew and Chris, and at the back, Rob Baker. Dave baked another sensational batch of ANZAC cookies for the day

Winna! Marty H won the Best Hand cup. Marty was smart enough to tackle the Joker Loop first up, so his lowly pair of eights became a strong three-of-kind and edged out Craig Wilson's three sevens

Winna! Marty H won the Best Hand cup. Marty was smart enough to tackle the Joker Loop first up, so his lowly pair of eights became a strong three-of-kind and edged out Craig Wilson’s three sevens

 

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9 comments

  • Adsy on June 22, 2014 at 3:54 am said:

    Fair call on all the above. What an exceptional day! I hope all the Coffs Harbourons know just how spoilt you are with all those pristine tracks in your back yard. Thank you for sharing! Big thanks to Tom, Pottsy & all the other riders for making us feel so welcome. Xtra big thanks to Matt & Chris for playing tour guides to us tourists. Looking forward to riding with all of you again!

  • Ian Miller on June 22, 2014 at 6:55 am said:

    Thanks to all who put the ride together. We had a great time. The hangover didn’t help our navigational skills in any way. Once we found Marty and company it was much easier. We really enjoyed the whole day but I found the single track exceptional fun. It was good to meet a bunch of easy going people and tear up the trails. Cheers to everyone for making us welcome.

  • Craig Wilson on June 22, 2014 at 7:24 am said:

    Thanks heaps Pottsy and Tom for organising a fantastic event, I had an absolute blast. Well done guys, first class event. ps a tuxedo Onesie may or may not have come out at the bonfire, no photographic proof seems to exist.

  • Dave on June 22, 2014 at 7:47 am said:

    Special thanks to Pottsy for all the work in plotting & then marking the loops, Tom for officiating & coordinating the day & Marty for overseeing Darc around the Joker loop. We had a ball once again & the BBQ, Firepit & company at Wilbur’s was lovely. For those in the know, a onesie with class did make a brief appearance but the 22.250 wasn’t required. Nearly got lost riding home through Bungawalbyn today! No Green Arrows. Cheers all.

  • Meg on June 22, 2014 at 9:32 am said:

    Wait, I only had to fall off to impress you guys?! I do that all the time!
    Pottsy and Tom, thanks so much for organising such a great day, I had a cracking time on the tracks and was great having a chat with everyone in between.

  • gav gill on June 22, 2014 at 10:29 am said:

    Great event & great to see everyone having a good time.Tom & I didn,t just sit around all day we actually snuck in a few loops while the rest of you were out riding. Tom did the shorter southern loop across the carpark to Mc Café a few times & I did the much tougher short northern loop to subway.Looking forward to the Ramsay ride.

  • Jonah on June 23, 2014 at 6:12 am said:

    Awesome day! Thanks so much to Pottsy for sorting those great rides and Tom for his organisation on the day . Reed and i had a great time (except for the body in the woods which turned out to be local legend Izzy Foreal… it was a heart attack while jogging).

    Reed was stoked to win a disk and i won a yellow DR cap so i guess ill have to add a Suzuki to the stable lol

  • Ian Miller on June 27, 2014 at 11:16 am said:

    I trimmed and posted a heap of images to my blogspot. If Tom would like any full Res images by all means contact me via email and I’ll send them over. Thanks again for a great day.

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