Andrew and Phil had volunteered to organise a three day Pre-70 ride to Pemberton. Numbers were down a bit this year, but on the ride were Andrew 250cc BMW, Phil 650cc Triumph Bonneville, Garry 500cc Ariel, Jim 750cc BMW and Bob 600cc BMW sidecar outfit.
Garry had volunteered to go back-up towing the Ariel to
Pemberton, but using it whilst we’re there. We picked up Jim in
Denmark, where we had a long stop in the coffee shop. Lunch was
Andrew was, as always worried he was going to get left behind,
then takes off and cruising around 85km/h on the 250, at one
stage he was clocked at 105km/h downhill.
He’s hard to keep up with once he gets going except he was
having trouble with a loose connection now and again which gave
us a chance to catch up with him.
After stopping at Northcliffe we arrived at Pemberton where
Wendy was waiting for us. The caravan park were pleased to see
us and charged $12.50 per head per night (camping), which these
days is good value especially considering the amenities there.
The campers kitchen is great, didn’t use any of my cooking gear.
There was still the remains of a bushfire around Nannup and the Vasse Highway was closed. But we headed into Manjimup, went to the Tourist Bureau, and found a way to Nannup via some back roads. We arrived there at lunch-time, parked the bikes outside the cafe which then became a tourist attraction. Good fun and spoke to a lot of people, in the meantime other bikes were parking in the street.
We then took the Balingup Road before heading to Bridgetown and
then Manjimup where we stopped for a much appreciated afternoon
tea at Wendy’s mum's (gave her a ride in the sidecar, she loved
it). We then headed down the back way to Pemberton - great ride.
That night we eventually made it to the pub for dinner, which
was also good value. Sunday after a leisurely breakfast we
headed back to Albany, stopping again at Walpole.
Great weekend, with all bikes and riders arriving home safe and sound. Thanks Garry for going back-up and also to Andrew and Phil for organising it - look forward to next year.