It’s Sunday night as this blog is being tapped out, and there’s no report yet on how the Inverell Scrapheap ride went.
I rode up to Inverell on Saturday morning to see everyone off, and after a chilly run through the fog on the way to Ebor, it was warm, sunny and glorious. I don’t get to ride my Yamaha cruiser too often, and it’s days like this one that show why I keep the bike for 15 years and it’s only done 21,000km. Every one of the 21,000km has been fabulous (except for the time I ran out of fuel short of Bulahdelah and had to push the bugger for kilometres).
Col Meacham in Inverell had done a great job of promoting the ride and had around 40 starters. No doubt the perfect weather helped, but it was uplifting to see a big, happy group on a huge variety of bikes, all smiling and looking like they were ready to enjoy a great day in good company. It’s one of the best things about dualsporting, no doubt about it. The bikes included classics like a DR750, Perry Gilsenan’s immaculate BMW, an old XL250, a couple of sidecars, Vince Strang on his work-ready DR650 and, of course, Gav Gill on his BMW X-challenge. You can trust Gav to be anywhere there’s a good ride and some great storytelling.
It was a great atmosphere and a great ride up and back on a beautiful, late-Summer’s day.
Here’s a few pics from the start. Click on ’em to make ’em bigger.
Marty Hardcore is back on his feet, on a new bike, and raring to go, so this week we’re going to run one of the GPS tracks between Bellingen and Willawarren. We’re saying it’s to check the GPS route, but really, it’s well sorted. We just want to go for a ride, and that section is an easy day for us in what looks to be a very busy week. Gav Gill’s talking about coming along, and so is one of Coff’s tidiest and most polite riders, Phil Davis. I’ll try for a few pics if it all happens.
We look like having a full roll-up for the Cameron Corner ride in April. If you’re thinking of coming along, make sure you e-mail or use the comment panel to let me know so I can put you on the mailling list.