It was the Anzac long weekend, a double demerit points weekend , the plan was a run to Jinjellic .
There are a million stories of that weekend, this is just one of them.
We met at the Caltex Heathcote, there were the usual contenders, John “one point “ Thurgate , “The Insurer “ Mark Salkeld , Wazza “no hands “ Mitchel , Col “pipe end “ Rodgers
Lance Nichols, the “Mexican” Aaron Field ( no relation )and myself, Phil “Boggie “Field. Mark “Late start Vigors was to join us at Cobargo but that was not to be.The plan was simple run down to Cobargo and lay low for the night then over the hill to Jingellic via Jindabine where we would meet up with Laurie and Donna the Dame. At Jinjellic we would meet with Kaj Holst who would round off the group .
Don’t worry, I cant keep this shit up for the whole report !
We had a good run down through Nowra and with a top up of fuel we headed over to Braidwood , there was a few Ks of dirt involved but it was in good condition so easy run. Even the Mexican on a newly acquired HP2 ( bastard ) found it easy . Had a great feed at Braidwood even if it did take about an hour to get served due to arriving just after the march and everyone from the district seemed to be there, gave it a sense of occasion though.
Form there it was a slow run down to Batemans Bay due to holiday traffic, last time I went on that road it was about 1986 and I was driving a semi so it was about the same speed too ! The road is much better though.
The Bay to Moruya was just a transport section and a fuel up in Moruya . This was about where we should have caught up with Late Start Vigors as he left Sydney later than us and was going to meet us at Cobargo for the run over the mountains on Friday. The best laid plans of mice though, he was held up at Nowra due to a bad accident and had to detour through Braidwood so decided to go straight to Jingellic.
From Moruya we went down to Narooma for lunch at the pub, the back deck has a great view over the harbour and the food was good too, ask Wazza about his Pizza !
Narooma to Cobargo was a good run with a short side track through the old Tilbas and they have fortunately left the old bit of the Highway in tact so you can still play on the bends, even if it is a 60 zone now. We ran down to Cobargo via Bermaguie, very picturesque run and no police around. The ride back to Cobargo was directly into the setting sun which made it interesting but we all arrived at Cobargo pub safe and looking forward to a meal and a beer, rooms were sorted and we settled for a quiet night of socializing and planning the rout for the next day.
Saturday dawned clear and fine so after a coffee of sorts at the pub it was a short run to Bega for a great breakfast before running down the Highway to the Candelo turn off , through Wyndham ,Cathcart to Bombala then a bit of the Monaro Hwy to the Snowy River Way to Dalgety then to Jindabyne.
Jindabyne was the location for the Triumph rally this year so there were lots of Trumpies getting around.
We found a suitable spot for refreshments but so far no sign of Laurie and Donna , I jumped on the Griso and went in search of them . I found Laurie on the main roundabout but it took about three loops to catch him, felt like a speedway meeting or a tour of NZ . Laurie had been waiting for us in Berridale but we had snuck in the back door. Donna wasn’t with him as she had gone to Albury to pick up her new 800 BMW, what is it with all these people buying BMs , never see me doing that .
The after noon was spent being completely entertained on the Alpine Way, Crakenbak ,Thredbo Khancoban, and on to Jingellic .
On arrival to Jingellic met up with Donna and chec ked out her new Bmer, nice one Donna .
Friday night was spent meeting up with people from last year and meeting new folk , tall tales and true were told , finally retiring to the house down the road arranged by Mark , thanks again Mark .
Saturday morning and the Victorians put on egg and bacon rolls down by the river for a small fee and they went down very well . Wazza left early in the morning to get back home and mow the lawn or something but the rest of us set off for a ride around Hume Dam. While at the dam all the police from the district turned up, apparently they had been told some one had jumped off the wall so while they were busy we thought it might be time for a ride, turns out it was a hoax call and no one was in any danger. No we hadn’t made the call !!! Good to see our Police employed in real work for a change instead of tax collecting.
After a brisk ride back to Jingellic a siesta was in order before dinner. The meals at the pub were huge to say the least and Saturday night saw most people waiting 90 minutes for their order. Once fed it was down to the fire for some socializing and red wine among other things and again the Victorians made us all most welcome.
Sunday saw Mar Vigors and Kaj make their own way home, “No hands” had gone home the day before and “One Point” was going to Canberra to visit family. Laurie and Donna went their own way back to theirs so it was just Mark, Lance, Col and myself who headed home together . Breakfast and fuel in Tumbarumba before a careful law abiding ride along Eliot Way across to Snowy Mountains Highway through Adaminaby and over to Cooma. From there it’s a grind along the Monaro Hwy to ACT where we turned off to Bungendore for lunch. Then it was a slab along the Hume but not before a last blast through Bungonia before joining the Hume at Marulan . One last coffee then home.
All in all it was a great ride, good roads fantastic weather and as always with the Guzzie club top company.
Roll on the Buddgie !!
For most Aaron Field will not be known to you, Aaron is a member of the Victorian club ,he bought a BMW HP2 from Pro Cycles in Tempe, flew up and picked it up on Wednesday, stayed at mine that night so as to ride with us to Jingellic , he was good company and I am still in awe of his efforts , the HP you see is not exactly a touring bike, they aren’t even really a sports bike , they’re closer to a race bike and as such luggage is not a consideration , Aaron had all his stuff in a back pack which he carried all the way despite offers to strap it onto one of our bikes . Aaron also has a Griso 8v SE so with a HP and a Griso he’s got it all covered.