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.
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
* 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
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.