Morning dawned cool – and early due to the start of daylight saving. Time to let off a couple of bon-fires we’d accumulated over the winter. Landowners are required to clean up prior to the start of the summer fire season. After a couple of hours of poking and stoking, I could leave them smoldering along.
I’d completed the 80,000km service on the Cali with new fork oil the final task. Time for a post-service blast in the (now) sunny day. Coffee at Taradale Wine and Produce. A new Moto Guzzi California went past – the first I’ve seen on the road.
Up with the chirps, cup of tea, walk the dogs then hit the road. Run up through Tooborac and Heathcote – quite a bit of traffic due to the start of the school holidays. Then via Colbinabbin and Rushworth to Murchison for breakfast – an easy 100 kays or so.
Bacon and eggs at Wagner Brothers Fine Food Store.
Run down the freeway and turn off for Avenel then the old Hume Highway to Seymour.
Hooked up behind another group of bikes for the run to Lancefield.
Took the Cali Metal Stone for a run to bring her up to 80,000 km for her service. Spring day – windless and sunny. The Upper Coliban Reservoir was overflowing. The traffic was light but saw a few bikes around, mainly Harleys.
Dropped all the fluids when I arrived home – sump, gear-box and final drive.
The Mt Franklin volcanic crater in the background.
Looking north from the Mt Franklin slopes.
First reasonable day after two months of cold weather. Took the Breva 1100 for a run out to Newstead.
Some excitement coming home, just before Lauriston at about 2pm: I saw a BMW 4WD suddenly stop ahead of me, and as I slowed up I saw the problem. A big mob of ‘roos raced across the road. Something upset them because they were really moving and zig-zagging. It took a minute for them to all go through. Another ten seconds and I would have been in the middle of it – not something I want to experience again after a similar episode near Lake Eppalock a few years ago. Something upsets them from their day bed and they up and off – any time of the day. They’re unpredictable and don’t look left or right!
Haven’t ridden much this winter. 8C today…
Chinaman’s Bend, Toolleen.
Weekend run to Bright and back. I’ve always wanted to take this pic of old bush ingenuity, next to the Hume Freeway near Euroa. It probably became redundant when the freeway bisected the property decades ago.
Australia Day dawned “FAB, Scott” – sunny and windless. So we did a loop out west, stopping at Newstead for a coffee.
The joint was jumping due to the Newstead Live Music Festival. We chatted and listened to some music. The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club rolled in – there was one good-looking bike amongst them:
We headed out over Tullaroop Dam to Clunes for lunch.
Leaving Clunes, we could see smoke in the distance and, as we entered the gullies approaching Daylesford, we could smell it and visibility was affected. However, once through town it was obvious that the fire was well to the north of us, so we high-tailed home to put the butterflied Greek lamb on the barbie. Happy Australia Day!
(The Bersaglieri Motociclisti rode the legendary Moto GuzziAlce (pronounced al-cheh), or Elk, introduced in 1938 for military use as reconnaissance and convoy escort.)
About three dozen bikes from the Moto Guzzi Club of Victoria converged on Marmalades for coffee prior to the run to Mansfield and Tolmie.
We packed out the Tolmie Tavern and the staff did a great job a catering for us all.
An easy 400km run in 35C heat!