On the March long weekend, it's become a tradition to camp
somewhere in the South West. This year Harley had organised the
Club to go to Bridgetown. The managers had put aside an area for
us and $10 a head per night is an absolute bargain these days.
Some had arrived on a hot Friday, others arrived on a hot Saturday. As usual on these weekends the BMW Club joined us as well. It was good to meet up with some of the older members as well as meeting new ones.
We arrived on Saturday afternoon at the same time as the Perth members of our Club turned up. It was good to see Des from Bunbury, Sue from Perth and Ron who had also arrived on Friday. We had a huge area in which to camp, with the river close by to cool off.
The campers kitchen was well kitted-out including a microwave
which was handy as we had a pre-cooked curry which needed a
microwave or two.
Lefty was on form on Saturday night with an impressive repertoire of songs. So after much chatter and laughter it was time to turn in.
Next morning there were two rides on - one to Nannup for a look at the music festival and the other to Dardanup for the old machinery display.
We chose to go to Nannup, nice ride, although it was warming up again. Interesting music festival, mainly folk with different artists playing at various venues simultaneously, some were very, very good. There was also a market with plenty of stalls and buskers of various types.
Lefty brought his guitar on the back of the bike, and after
registering, decided to see if he could make some beer money.
Later I asked him how he went. He told me he was $5 down. “How’s
that?” I asked. He said that he didn’t make any money but gave
$5 to other buskers. Maybe that’s how all the “greats” start, or
maybe not, ha ha. Ah, but Lefty enjoyed himself and found others
to play along with.
We then rode to Balingup where we had lunch before heading back
to camp where quite a few were making the most of the river.
Apparently the ones who went to the Dardanup Machinery Day said
it was brilliant with excellent displays of various types.
John and Louise turned up on his newly made sidecar late in the afternoon.
That evening it was time for a BBQ which the park provided, and later Lefty, although a little under the weather and with a couple of strings missing entertained us with more of his songs as well as Kevin Bloody Wilson's.
Next day it was time to say our goodbyes and head home. The
weather had now changed, the temperature had dropped and at
Manjimup there was a sprinkling of rain.
Great weekend, thanks for the company and good on you Harley for organising it.