SUNDAY 9th: Mercer Road info bay 8-45am; Harley Trent, Barry
May, Colin Hinkley, Clive Smith, David Webb and Bob Jackson meet
up for Wes’ ride.
Pushed off at 9-00 for Mt Barker to meet up with one James
Sharpe (note the E) at 9-30; (just made it). Went straight on to
Kojonup to join Wes Thomas, Peter McFarlane and Jim’s son,
Russell, who rode down from Armadale on his Ducati to meet up
with Dad and ride with us for the day. After a “how ya go’in”
yarn over coffee, we made our departure for Dwellingup.
Clive and Dave headed to York, with the idea of meeting up with the rest of us at Mt Magnet on the Wednesday. Good ride through to Darkan and a bit of lunch then onto Quindanning. The weather was great and this proved to be a day out for about 50 bikers parked at Quindy pub. A country and western band was putting on a good show so we hung about for awhile before taking off for Dwellingup for the night at the caravan park. Jim’s son Russell went home to Armadale . . . Great day . . . We had a nice tea and breaky at cafe in town
MONDAY: Morning cloudy but fine. Harley and Barry went back to
Albany via Busselton, didn’t have the time to come all the way,
but it was beaut to have them for the day anyway. Wes, Colin,
Jim, Peter and Bob rode north onto the freeway and up through
Perth to Yanchep and to Lancelin for lunch, then onto the new
Indian Ocean Highway to Jurien Bay where we said g’day to Jim’s
youngest son Murray and his partner and 9 month old grandson.
Murray has a pet meat supply business, shoots his own roo’s and
boy did he have some bigun’s . . . Rolled on up to Pt Denison
Beach Park where we had booked for two night’s, nice chalet’s .
. . A good day’s ride. We had dinner and some drinks at the
local tavern. Jim’s friends (He has some!), Lois and Norm Burney
used to live in Denmark , and were members of the Ulysses Club,
joined us as well. It was a great evening.
TUESDAY: Weather good; Colin rode to Geraldton to spend the day
with his daughter Narelle and family. After breakfast at the
local bakery, we travelled some 1 kilometre to Lois and Norm’s
place for a look at their bikes and a sumptuous morning tea . .
. just what we needed! What a nice couple, made all most
We then rode up as far as mouth of the Greenough turn-off, then
turned east on back roads till we got onto the Nabawa Rd and
followed it into town . . . Nabawa, a bit of a ghost town now,
but very good crops. Starting to get warm so pulled up and had a
While we were stopped on the corner of the Northampton turn-off
a chap on a little Honda with Casey Stoner colour scheme came
round the corner like all hell was after him and took off toward
Northampton. We chatted for a while, forked the bronks and
headed up same road, we had only gone about 5 kms when here he
comes back towards us at estimated 160 kmph. About 25 km to
Northampton so we assumed he had been there and back!
We carried on to Northampton had lunch and a hour off before
riding down to Geraldton, where we went to the HMAS SYDNEY
MEMORIAL for a good stop before going onto the fisherman’s
harbour for a bit of a look and then back to Dongara with the
only little shower of rain we saw for the whole trip. The tavern
in Pt Denison provided good beer and tucker both nights with a
nice bakery next door for breakfast . . It was a good day had by
WEDNESDAY: Weather fine so we wandered off to Mingenew, had a
short pit stop and rolled on to Mullewa. Had coffee and a sanga
and fuel in case Yalgoo was closed; surprise surprise Yalgoo pub
alive if not very well. Saw a few goats in the scrub along the
way but not much else so with wide open fairly straight roads
the selective hammers were down for most of the day . . .
Arrived in Mt Magnet to a rowsing reception from Dave and Clive
and settled into our allotted chalets.
Mt Magnet Caravan Park gave us a good discount, for some really
decent accommodation. After coffee we fuelled up and went to he
mining museum for an hour or so; quite interesting. Then it was
shower time, followed by beer and nibbles, told a few lies (some
were nearly true) before a wander down town for a bit of tea at
the pub . . . Another really good day.
THURSDAY: Dawned clear and sunny; bit of brekky at the
roadhouse, then off on a very pleasant ride to Payne’s Find and
coffee all round . . . Fuel is available here on a card system.
Continued onto Wubin, fuelled up, then onto Dalwallinu for a
very leisurely lunch before heading for Beacon. Clive even had a
snore on the grass for half an hour. Fairly warm by now so
stopped at Kalannie for a break and a sit in the shade for a
while before take off again.
On the way to Beacon, Wes was out front and stirred up a flock
of galahs on the road, they wheeled out over a paddock and came
roaring back across the road just as Bob was coming through!
Well.... he hit about 8 - 10 including one on the helmet. Peter
said he saw 3 on the road and when we got to Beacon another 2
fell out of the radiators, fortunately no damage. Split camp at
Beacon, 4 in chalets and 3 in railway barracks.
Went to local club where new managers had taken over that day.
Half the district were there, we all had a nice meal with
mandatory drinks of course. It was a great evening. Peter had a
nocturnal argument with a toilet which was flooding the
bathroom. Had to find a spanner from his toolbox in the dark to
turn the tap off.
FRIDAY: Weather cool but clear. We headed to Bencubbin and the only fuel was on a card system so went onto Mukinbudin roadhouse, no premium, so ended up at depot on cards anyway. Had coffee and cake then went to Men’s Shed. Small, but well restored collection of tractors and machinery and a Gold Flash B.S.A. restored and for sale! From Mucka we went onto Nungarin army museum. Huge shed full of very interesting army vehicles, a good collection of farm tractors and machinery, unfortunately it all appears to be fizzing out by lack of people to look after it.
On to Merredin for a bite to eat and a spell before rocking off to Kulin for our last night before home. Quite warm again so we stopped at Narrembeen and had a 1/2 hr in the shade, then straight through to Kulin.
Colin stayed with a friend on the Tin Horse Highway, the rest of us stayed at the hotel. The Dockers were playing Adelaide that night so good crowd at the pub. Gerry Noble turned up so we had a beer and a good yarn to him before tea. Dave has a story to tell on where he slept that night and why. I’ll leave it to him to tell how that came about.
SATURDAY: Another clear morning, we met Colin on the way for an
easy ride home, with stops at Lake Grace, Pingrup and Amelup.
Peter left us at the Chester Pass turn off and went home via
Nyabing while Wes peeled off at the Boxwood Hill turn off. A
very enjoyable week away and we covered nearly 3,000 kms. No
incidents of any concern.
Would like to say a collective big thanks to Wes for his
organising a very good ride and many thanks for the
companionship from those who went.