My Perry August 2013

My Perry August 2013

Date:Nov 29, 2013 Time: Type:Monthly Ride Location:Mt Perry

Ride to Mt Perry 

Ride Leader: Warren W.                       18th August 2013

With the staging of the Bundaberg Multicultural Festival we found ourselves assembling at the car park opposite the old police station. Ken C was a little early so he volunteered to sit up the other end of Quay Street and redirect any strays to join us.

Come 8:30 we were just about to start with a quick discussion about the plans for the day when Peter rocked up on the MV and we got to meet his wife Linda who had come along as pillion. Giving a quick briefing on the day’s itinerary I noticed a few quizzical looks as I explained how we would be viewing some sculpture. It appeared that we weren’t a cultured group but I assured everyone they would enjoy it.

We left, a total of six bikes with the one pillion, and headed over North and on towards Gin Gin. Turning off the highway we followed the winding back road over Geramanbulyan Creek and on to the Wallaville Road. There is a section of smooth twisty corners after the creek and, in the mirrors, I noticed Peter and Linda being a little caught out on the last 60Km/h corner and giving the bikes new front tyre a bit of a work out.

Heading back towards the highway I turned off onto some other little known back roads bringing us out at the McIllwraith School. We travelled on and eventually joined the Bruce highway. Heading south we then turned off the highway onto yet another backroad that bought us to our first stop for the day at Con’s place.

The Entrance to Con's Place

The Entrance to Con’s Place

 

I had discovered Con’s amazing collection of metal art previously while scouting this ride and had asked permission to bring the club. Now happily retired Con and his wife were more than happy to see us and show us what he had gotten up to on his retirement. An ex cane and cattle farmer he had discovered his artistic bent after he had stopped work. Living on the same farm for 50 years he had amassed quite a collection of old metal car, machinery and other parts which he realised he could combine into various art works with the aid of a vivid imagination and a welder. Checking out the expansive collection of both small and large art works we were all very impressed. While John A was happy identifying the various parts from different machine someone mentioned you were supposed to see the art and not the individual bits. Either way we all enjoyed the displayed works. 

Metal Lizard

Metal Lizard

 

 

Little Art Works

Little Art Works

After enthusiastically checking out a few other items like Con’s old Fiat dozer and his original condition 1968 Bedford truck we tracked down Linda who was having coffee with Con’s wife, and took our leave. We continued through some more winding and hilly roads with some terrific and expansive views. Passing through Tiaro and we eventually pulled up at Gin Gin for smoko and fuel.

The usual chatter and banter was had before we jumped on the bikes again to head to the Boolbunda Tunnel off the Mt Perry road. I decided to ride through to the other side and every one duly followed. Unfortunately the road was very chopped up and rough which may have left some riders cursing me but we all safely made it through. We pulled up and then decided to walk back into the tunnel to see if we could spot some of the small bats that inhabit the walls and roof. Although I had forgotten to bring a torch we still managed to see a few flying about. Peter and Linda had not seen the tunnel before so were impressed with the construction and history of the tunnel. I may even have been forgiven for leading them and the MV across the rough dirt roadway through it.

Leaving back through the tunnel we travelled to Mt Perry but on our arrival we noticed we were a few bikes short. Eventually I decided to go back and investigate but, as per usual, after gearing up and riding twenty metres the rest of the group arrived. Apparently Ken had suffered a puncture. A temporary repair had been attempted with a can of Swoosh but it appeared to be largely ineffectual. Still, it had managed to get him to the pub. Deciding a better repair was in order everyone jumped in to assist. Using a plug from Syd’s repair kit Peter Hansen , with lots of advice from John A, managed to plug the puncture. With the aid of Syd’s customised mini compressor running off my Triumphs cigarette lighter power outlet with John A monitoring performance we managed to get a decent amount of air onto the tyre. John’s highly technical assessment of when enough air was in the tyre was: when the compressor was too hot to hold onto there was enough air. Ken however didn’t seem convinced and rode around to the local service station to top the pressure up.

Lunch followed with everyone happy with the meals and the price. Linda gave us a glowing report on quality of her steak sandwich and the coffee that accompanied it. We checked out the views from the look out on the Northern side of town before heading towards home.

From the lookout

From the lookout

Some spirited riding followed however Ken was forced to travel at a more sedate pace when he suspected the puncture repair may not have held. We waited while he checked his tyre at the service station before heading to the South Kolan Pub. We relaxed at the pub with some refreshments however Linda was disappointed that they had stopped serving coffee. I was starting to get the impression that she might enjoy her coffee. After some more chatter the group broke up with some leaving earlier and different routes being taken for home.

We all had a great day, although Ken’s day may not have been as great as others. Thanks for everyone for coming along and for John A for being Tail End Charlie.

 

 

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