DAY ONE: We all meet at info centre with a good roll up of 23
bikes. Ralph and Mo were visiting from Wales (Bob’s friends from
Cardiff) and joined us on Chris’s 600 BMW.
First stop was the bakery at Mount Barker where a few day
riders went back to Albany, the rest continuing on to Frankland
for a short break. Then on to Bill O’Halloran’s farm for a lunch
stop where we were looked after very well by Vicki (Bill’s wife)
and their daughter, Kara. The homestead is a beautiful setting
with nice lawns surrounding the outdoor entertainment area.
Coffee and tea was available, the urns were bubbling and a nice
selection of Bill’s delicious muffins adorned the table. With
the great setting it was hard to get moving. We decided it would
be a great place to camp!
Bill had some of his bikes on the verandah for display, 1975
850 Norton, a 1977 Honda 500 four, a 57 Triumph T110 and a 1959
Panther. Parked nearby was his 72 Trident packed and ready to
join us on the trip.
From there it was on to see Stewart Tohl’s quarry. Here huge
blocks of granite have been carved out to build a
temperature-controlled workshop in which he plans to relocate
the equipment for Tohl Engineering. We then moved on to his farm
where he runs the business to see the massive shed built from
the quarried blocks. The granite blocks were a metre wide, a
metre high and 3 metres long so you can imagine what a massive
project this is. Stewart showed us his existing setup for
manufacturing fire hose nozzles which was pretty amazing and we
could see why he needed a bigger better building!
Next stop was Kojonup for fuel and then on to Darkan via
Moodiarup with a quick look at Lake Towerinning for some. After
booking in to the caravan park, Kylie and Bruce rocked up with
Huw. Kylie’s BM was only running on one cylinder and after much
pontificating it was discovered that it was very low on fuel
with the reserve only feeding one pot! This created some lively
conversation about fuel taps for the next hour or so.
The BBQ from the club trailer was set up next to the outdoor
camper’s kitchen area which has a wood fire. Those of us that
were camping cooked up a feast giving the BBQ its first workout
DAY TWO: it was on to Williams for coffee and we decided to go
to another farm, about 4K north, to the Jesse Martin museum, a
historic village and memorabilia collection started by a local
farmer on his own property in 1976. All manner of things have
been rescued from old shops, post offices, workshops etc which
were on the verge of being demolished in Williams and other
It is set up as a village street and static display of how it
was in the early part of last century with original signage. The
shops all stocked with original items and various paraphernalia
as well as sheds full of old cars and farm machinery. There was
so much to see it was hard to take it all in but we had to keep
Lunchtime was approaching so we moved on to Narrogin for a bite
to eat stopping at a park in town. By now it was warming up so
off to Yealering for a quick break in the shade by the lake and
from there the last leg of the day to Corrigin. Campsites were
set up at the caravan park with others staying at the motel.
Dinner that night was at the pub. The meals were excellent with
DAY THREE: Before we set off for Kalgarin it was birthday
wishes for Colin Hinkley, a coffee stop at Kulin, then a run up
the Tin Horse Highway. Once again campsites were set up and
dongas were occupied for the non-campers. This is a very well
presented park with magnificent facilities lush lawn and
spotless camper’s kitchen. It also has Tressie’s Museum which is
operated by the owners of the farm/caravan park.
A trip into Hyden for supplies and lunch was organised, however
the kick start mechanism jammed up on the Ariel so I grabbed a
ride with Warwick in one of the support vehicles. The plan was
to do a bit of sightseeing around Hyden but it was agreed that
fixing the gearbox on the Ariel would be more entertaining!
Merv and Laurel Trestrail are the park owners and Merv kindly
agreed to let us use his workshop to carry out the repairs.
Meanwhile I had lost my glasses so had to work in the dark with
my prescription sunnies while an amused audience sat around and
watched or stood in the light making things more difficult (ha
ha). The problem was soon found with the outer case bush well
and truly seized on to the shaft of the kick start quadrant.
Phil fired up the oxy and Clive and I managed to remove the bush
with some persuasion. It was then cleaned up and reassembled. By
then with a quick test run it was time for a well earned beer.
We had another look around for my glasses to no avail when out
of the blue Chris walks in wearing them! She had seen something
glinting in the sun on the ground alongside Warwick’s car and
that’s where they had been since I got out after coming back
from Hyden. So the day ended well for me.
Things were to get even better when Brian Trundle (who is a
club member farming near Kulin) rocked up with about 15 gallons
of Gilgies (Koonacs or Yabbies) and Laurel proceeded to cook
them for us on a purpose built setup by the camper’s kitchen.
Brian had made a dipping sauce and also brought bread so we all
tucked in with much glee and had a great time. To top this off
Yvonne had secretly supplied a magnificent cake for Colin’s
birthday which we thoroughly enjoyed.
DAY FOUR: And more birthday wishes, this time for Raelene and
Jim before the ride to Hopetoun with some more farm visits on
the way. First stop was fuel in Hyden with a briefing for the
days run, then on to check out a rock formation with a dam about
15K out of town.
From there on to Lake King. Phil and Lurl’s son Colin was there
to greet us for a coffee break before we carried on to
Ravensthorpe for fuel and lunch. Meanwhile Ralph had lost his
gloves somewhere after Hyden. Philip found one on the side of
the road so Ralph borrowed one from Chris who was driving the
support vehicle on this leg.
Before Ravensthorpe we had two more visits arranged. First stop
was a farm with a large collection of vintage tractors, then
nearby to another farm where the owner had a collection of
vintage cars and more tractors with the old homestead set up as
a small museum.
While we were having lunch in Ravensthorpe a couple towing a
caravan pulled into the park and asked if anyone was missing a
glove! They had spotted Ralph’s other glove on the road, and
seeing us on our bikes reckoned it must belong to someone in our
group. How’s that for luck Ralph!
From there it was a quick run to the caravan park at Hopetoun
with dinner at the pub. The Hopey was “goin' off” with the bars
and eating areas full but they squeezed us in. The service was
excellent and meals top quality.
DAY FIVE: Was a rest day so a bit of a sleep in for some, go to
the beach for a swim, clean the locusts off the bikes, do the
washing or stroll into town for a coffee and check out the
shops. We had a pleasant evening back at the campsite once again
putting the club BBQ to good use. Plenty of laughs as Clive
entertained with his stories and jokes while we sat around the
campfire enjoying our meal and a few beverages.
DAY SIX: Off to Bremer Bay with the usual smoko stop at
Ravensthorpe, and another farm visit with more vintage cars. By
this time Ralph was totally gobsmacked at the size of the sheds
and the incredible way farmers fill them up with their interests
Lunch and fuel at Jerramungup, and a straightforward run to
Bremer. We had been very lucky with the weather with only a few
light showers on the first two nights but a thunderstorm,
lightning and heavy rain at the caravan park in Bremer dampened
our spirits. So instead of walking up to the Bremer Bay Resort
for dinner we drove in to the supermarket and got tucker for a
BBQ in the camper’s kitchen. Those not camping had stayed at the
motel and ate at the pub
DAY SEVEN: We rang Max Wellstead to see if he would open early
for us to visit his museum and he kindly agreed. For those who
have not been there before it is certainly an interesting place
to visit. The ladies were happy because it was not just tractors
and cars for a change.
After the museum we rode to Wellstead, fuelled up and did the final leg to Albany or other destinations for some.
All in all, an enjoyable week with great company. A good time was had by all. Thanks to Lurl for driving support and towing the club trailer and to Warwick also as support.