It was a beautiful morning in June and there
were nearly 40 bikes and more people turning up to enjoy the ride up to
Mt Barker Hill. Phil and his daughter Jess brought their BSA down from
Kojonup on a trailer to join in the ride and a large contingent from
Denmark and surrounds turned up too.
The bikes and 4 sidecars headed up
Millbrook Road to Narrikup for a break first, although the Narrikup
Store is now shut on weekends and then down Spencer Road to the
Denmark-Mt Barker Road. Spencer Road seems to be improving all the
time, there are some bumps left, but not as bad as it was.
On the way Andrew was a bit concerned about his
250 BMW and returned to Albany to get another bike and at the end of a
long hill heading into Mt Barker Phil’s A10 nipped up seizing the
engine, with help it was ceremoniously put on Chris Prescott’s trailer.
Funnily enough my BSA did the same thing the previous year - another
Bermuda triangle place to avoid.
Most headed up the hill for lunch,
although some stayed at the two cafes in Mt Barker. On such a clear day
the view from the top was brilliant, there are certainly a lot more
houses up there now compared to when we used to run the Hillclimb.
After spending a while socialising it was time to return Albany. The Denmark boys heading directly back home. After Phil had put his bike on the trailer he tried to gently turn it over and yep it freed up, started and is running fine - the old bikes were made of solid stuff. Thanks to Chris Prescott for going back-up.