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Kamballup Ride

Bob enjoying the winter sun on his AJS 500We managed to score another great winter's day for the ride. Our usual diverse mob met at the Amity Tavern with new members Ian Grant on his 70's Suzuki and David Sobik on his FJ Yamaha. Max was riding in comfort on his recently acquired early BMW R100RT, making a change from the old Harley or Triumph. Off we went around the foreshore, Middleton Beach, Lower King Road and Hunton Road to Upper Kalgan Tea Rooms, where we stopped for a coffee and chat.

We soon learnt that Mike on his Yamaha twin had been stopped by the police over a minor indiscretion, (leaving the truck bay at Hanrahan Road too quickly), but was only cautioned. Because of this he was coming last and concentrating on the road and a car in front of him. He zoomed past the 15 bikes parked at the tea rooms heading straight for Kamballup.

When he arrived there he was wondering where everyone was! Mike's not having much luck on our rides, last time he came he had a puncture! Chris and I then took off on our older bikes, riding through Manypeaks, before turning towards South Stirlings and Kamballup.

Scene just prior to embarrassing lie-down...Unfortunately we missed a bit of drama at the tea rooms when John Mac (I won't mention his full name - but an excellent rider) dropped his bike on the wet grass in full view of the assembled gathering. According to one witness I spoke to, "He gave the bike too many herbs, and as the bike started to get away from him he went after it with one leg, but it finally gave way and he hit the deck." It sounded so dramatic it could have made the Advertiser! (thankfully not - web editor)

Morris apparently nearly dropped his too, but I couldn't get an accurate report on his incident! The roads to Kamballup are pretty straight but the scenery is great. When we arrived at the Hall the urn was on and milk, cups etc were supplied. There was a fire for our use but being as it was such a nice day it remained unlit. Actually the weather was so good that we grabbed the chairs from the hall and sat outside. You could bet that if we hadn't hired the place it would have poured with rain. Everyone seemed to enjoy the lunch and the company before heading home.
Thanks to Ron for going back-up.

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