It's not very often that we have a newly bitumised road around Albany.
But thatís what happened over Christmas with the bitumising of the Salt
River Road that borders the north of the Stirlings National Park.
Glen Oliver lives nearby and has been keeping us up to date on the
progress of the upgrading of the old gravel road. But he doesnít advise
riding (or driving) along it at sun-up or sun-down as there are a lot of
native animals also making use of the road.
With a good sized group of well over 20 bikes including members from the Denmark region we set off for the Porongurups for a short break. The people there are very hospitable and coffee was served very quickly, its a lovely shop, good to support as a lot of the country shops are closing down.
We then headed back on the Chester Pass Road through the Stirlings
turning up the Formby South Road (towards Gnowangerup) before turning
again up the Salt River Road. The whole ride was picturesque, although
the dead animal carcasses reminded you to be cautious.
Glen was marking the turn-off to Tenterden, another road most of us had
not been down before, this then led us to the Albany Hwy for a quick
blast to Mt Barker and the Bakery for lunch.
There Chris Sainty and Murray were there to greet us, it was great to
see Muzza out riding and we hope to see more of him on the road.
It was here that Steve Collins realised that the nuts holding the carbies on the BSA were coming loose. Iíve had that problem myself, but thereís usually plenty of spare nuts around!
Before long it was time to head home. A most enjoyable ride and the temperature perfect for riding, couldnít ask for more.