The ride to Pt Macquarie this year was our second time for this run and it turned out to be every bit as good as last year even thought it was quite different .
We scheduled it to be just in daylight savings so we didn’t do the run from Long Flat to Port at dusk which meant we had a bit more time for lunch at Walcha and a beer at Long Flat. We met at the Old Rd Cafe and I managed not to be late this time, big effort on my part !! Met John M there on his old faithful Suzi and we were soon joined by Atticus, 1400 Calli, Paul and Melinda, Ducati SS,ST,D1 , Desmo Dominateio something or other, myself LM 1000, Colin Rodgers V7. We headed up the freeway to the servo where we topped up and then did the not too bad run over to Gloucester.
Arriving at Glouchester we were met by Eric and Suzie 1200 – Griso, Dale and Joyce – Mille mille, Ian Bray 1200 Stelvio, from Port Macquarie, Brad Child Calli from New Castle and Steve and Joy Calli and 650 Yamaha Calli from the Central Coast. After the mandatory coffee and fuel top up we headed for Walcha, I had arranged with the Graze Cafe to wait for us as they close at 1.30 and last year we only just got there . I called them from Gloucester and said we were on our way and would see them in 45 min !!!! El Presidente left us at this point to return to Sydney, he had a prior arrangement so couldn’t repeat his efforts of last year . Hasselling me all the way over the Oxley on that old steam boat of his.
From Gloucester to Thunderbolts turn off is a short ride through mostly 60 k zone and only takes a few minutes,,,, if you don’t miss the turn off.
We had a non event full but very enjoyable run to Walcha in top weather and even the road seem to be in good condition. We were met in Walcha by Paul Jones on his new 1400 Cali who’d come up the Oxley that morning ,Lunch at Walcha was excellent as usual, the Cafe were surprised how quick we got there even though we didn’t quite make the 45 min as suggested , more like 1.15. Waiting at the cafe for our orders to be served we were wondering where Atticus had got to, the 1400 shouldn’t be that slow, hmmm. He arrived just as we were getting ready to send out the search part, yep missed the turnoff way back at Gloucester.
After fueling up at my favourite servo ( ask Kiwi Phil some time ) it was The Oxley and I’m very pleased to say that the MOGA members on the ride observed all the appropriate road rules ( ignored the inappropriate ones ) and all arrived safe and smiling at the Long Flat Pub . Joy had had some sort of electrical issue with the 650 but in her usual unflappable manner kept going and after a bit of fettling by her and Steve had it running sweet again.
Leaving Long Flat heading for Port we all split up to go to our varied accommodation , there was a Blues and BBQ event on and as a consequence the normal accommodation was fully booked so we weren’t able to stay at the caravan park in staggering distance of the pub .
We still managed to meet up at the Green Inn for a great meal and a few wines after the appropriate stories of world travel and miss spent youths we adjourned to the pub for more r and r. The pool comp didn’t eventuate this year and no karaoke bar could be found so it was off to the cabin to see who could snore the loudest.
We met in the morning to head to The Fat Fish cafe at Bonny Hills for breakie but Eric and Susie had to bail due to a family emergency which ended well we are pleased to say .
The Fat Fish was another great venue and well spotted by Joy, its right along side the beach at the local surf club, good food good atmosphere . No one quite knew the way so i pluged in my gps and lead the way, I couldn’t work out why every one was so far back , I had to wait at most corners to let them catch up , see my speedo had given up the ghost on the Oxley and I was guessing , seems the others didn’t want to do 85 in a 50 , hah woozes! 180 in a 90s ok but!! As I pulled up in the parking lot I noticed a couple taking an interest in all the bikes, they came downto chat and after intros it turns out they had just bought a Breva 850 a few weeks before and hadn’t seen so many Guzzies in the one place before , one thing lead to another and we now have a new member in Port Macquarie Welcome Tim And Henriette.
Breakfast over , new members met we all head our separate ways , Col for a run down the Lakes Way , Atticus to visit a friend on the way home, the rest of us headed back to Gloucester via Bucketts ( nice ride chasing that Desmo Dominatrix through those sweet corners nearer Gloucester) for lunch after which Steve and Joy were off to Dungog to meet up with Kiwi Phil, Paul and Melinda along with myself chose to slab it back along the freeway for which I was thankful for a bit of relatively smooth road , the LM is great fun but does lack a little something in the damping on our wonderful NSW back roads.
Back to Sydney safe and relaxed, another great week end with great bikes, nice roads, good food and even better friends. Thanks to every one for their company and good cheer, if you didn’t make it this year be sure to come along next year, it’s a great weekend and terrific roads .
It was fabulous to be able to join up with members from the north and I’d like to thank Eric and Ian for organising the ride from Port to Gloucester, nice one guys
Phil “boggy” Field