It was certainly windy and cold, but at least it wasn’t a wet ride to Kulin. After riding through the Stirlings and Gnowangerup, mostly at a fair angle because of the strength of the wind, it was time for lunch. There’s a great cafe at the first pub on the left as you’re entering Katanning from Albany. The food is always very good as are the prices.
We then continued on through
Dumbleyung, Dudenin to Kulin, arriving about 4 pm. Brian Trundle (Club
member) who lives about 40ks from Kulin was there to meet us. Andy,
Harley, Chester and Jim went off to the Backpackers to book in and stay
the night as the pub was booked out.
We settled in waiting for the Perth mob to
arrive. John was having trouble with a blown head gasket on his Gold
Wing and was having to stop and fill the radiator often, so progress
was slow and it was after 5 pm before the 3 sidecars arrived. Bruce,
Kylie, Huw & Elina had already arrived.
Noble (another local Club member) also turned up for a drink and gave
directions to his place for the following morning to have a look at the
old machinery, cars, trucks and bikes on his farm. Later after a few
drinks we had dinner, prepared by a French chef (believe it or not) and
most commented on how nice their meal was.
There was a band from Newdegate howling away -
OK they weren’t that bad and our group were split with some in the
dining room and some the bar, before long some were heading to bed! But
there was a bit of dancing around before midnight.
morning saw us assembled and ready to head out to Gerald Noble’s place
by 9 am. As the gravel drive to Gerald’s place had been wet with recent
rain it was very slippery and one of our bikes went down, albeit
gracefully, with no damage, just a bit of extra mud.
Gerald and his wife had made us most welcome
with a large for to greet us and in the shed tea, coffee, cakes and
biscuits. Their property was very interesting and we had a good look
around the place which had everything from ex-military equipment to
Gerald was also able to give John some
stuff to seal his water leak on the Gold Wing. Apparently it took
150kms but the stuff worked and John didn’t have another leak all the
way to Perth! Although there was a little thermostat trouble before
Our ride back to Albany was uneventful, still
windy, but again no rain. We stopped at Ongerup Roadhouse for lunch
which now has new owners and is open 7 days a week. They were very
friendly and the food was excellent.
It was a great weekend, how can it be anything else with such good company.