The weather didn’t look too promising, but
there was a big turn-out of members and partners for the Picnic at
Strawberry Hill Farm generously laid on by Gary and Cherie Carlsen (3D
Catering) - what a great Christmas present for the Club.
The ride was out to Stoney Hill and then
The Gap via Marine Drive. Unfortunately Phil and Lurline had trouble
with the HT lead on their BMW sidecar outfit and while Lurl got a lift
with Helen in the back-up vehicle Phil returned home with Andrew as
security to replace the lead. The BMW made the trip OK on one cylinder.
Having done this though, Andrew and Phil were
missing out on most of the drizzly rain which was coming down a little
heavier at Stoney Hill. A few braved the walk to the top of the hill,
but you couldn’t see much with the weather.
We decided to give The Gap a miss and
head straight back to Strawberry Hill Farm. Gary and a couple of Club
volunteers had put up a marquee and a couple of shade tents, chairs and
tables on the lawn. Unfortunately it had been raining in town as well
and the chairs etc were all pretty wet, so it was decided to have the
lunch in the Strawberry Hill cafe instead.
Cherie had been hard as work and a fabulous
smorgasbord of food was spread out as well as coffee, tea and dessert.
It was much appreciated and Cherie and Gary were thanked with a card
and flowers by the Club.
There were then plenty of volunteers to
pull down the unused marquee and tents. A great day, much appreciated
and thanks to Helen and Frank for doing back-up duties.
Ronnie was telling me later that the Harley was
making a rattling noise as he was riding home to Torbay. Stopped
outside his shed to open the door, started the bike again and there was
a big bang. Turned out a valve guide had dropped causing a bent valve,
although it didn’t damage the piston or cylinder wall.
Now does this count as breaking down on a Club
Ride or not? I’ve copped a bit in the past from Ronnie with my BMW
breaking down on a ride and feel I’m entitled to some revenge - ha ha.