December 2013 Mystery Ride

December 2013 Mystery Ride

Date:Dec 16, 2013 Time: Type:Monthly Ride Location:Colonial Cove & Waterloo Hall

Mystery Ride December 2013

15th December 2013

Ride Leader Warren W.

With Christmas almost here it was again time for our mystery ride. This has become a tradition in recent years as a way to have an early day to finish off the years events and still get home in time for family or social commitments. A relatively small group gathered with a total of six riders curious to see what the day held. John A. came done to collect the ride fees, as usual looking out for the clubs financial well being. Unfortunately he was unable to join the ride due to a niggling health issue.

Having been elected to lead the ride I was subject to a few queries on the day’s destination but I could truthfully say it was a mystery as I wasn’t really where we would end up. I had a rough plan but it was very much a “suck it and see” itinerary. Eventually after the usual banter and analysis of the world’s recent events we decided it was time to leave. Jason was quickly elected as tail end Charlie and we took off. A little bit late but no one was too concerned about that.

We headed across the old bridge and down Fairymead Road and Tantitha Road before turning off towards Moore Park. We took the road to Booyan and again I noticed a certain Moto Guzzi rapidly gaining on me as we went through the twisty sections at the start of that road. I was intent on taking the back Roads to Moorlands Road and then onto Rosedale Road but as we turned onto the road parallel to the river there was a sign warning that road was shut and we would have to detour through Quinns Road. I elected to continue as I thought there was not too much gravel road through that way. Now may be a good time to mention my poor memory.

Shiny Harley

Shiny Harley

We had to ride over a small section of roadworks that had recently been watered; I was to hear about that a little later by one rider who had washed his bike the day before, (Oops) before continuing on some back roads that we rarely travel over. We reached the detour and I turned off before realizing it was not as short as I remembered. It was also a bit rough but I didn’t think it was too bad. Apparently some disagreed and I was too hear about that a little later as well. Maybe their suspension needs work because the Triumph was pretty smooth.

The road turned back to bitumen and we were able to wind things up before turning onto Rosedale Road. I pulled up at the service station after the Avondale Pub as I thought it might be a good idea to pull up for a drink as I knew there were no shops or the like at the first destination I had decided on. Here I was subjected to some good natured comments about leading the group across the “roughest roads in Australia” and getting mud on a recently cleaned bike.

Curious

My only defence was it was a mystery ride and I was just as surprised as everyone else. Let’s face it, if I had scouted the ride it wouldn’t have been a mystery now would it. After we’d all hydrated it was back onto the bikes and we continued north. After another twenty kilometres or so we turned off and headed towards Winfield. Riding through some pleasant rural roads before taking the left hand turn and continuing to Colonial Cove . We did a quick lap of the area noting the different styles of residences before pulling up at the boat ramp. I was a bit concerned that the gravel road in might be too rough but perhaps the previous complainants had hardened up because there were no further comments. After we pulled up there seemed to be a strange attraction at the front of Peter’s Triumph as everyone gathered around it like bees at a honey pot. Apparently Peter’s new GPS and recently fitted fridge/ freezer thermometer had everyone curious.

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Winfield Activity

Eventually the discussion moved to the diverse range of homes in the area. There are some quite upmarket large homes as well as a number of sheds come holiday homes, set up as weekenders. Some of the homes in the area had suffered damage from the floods in January. There were still signs of where the floodwaters had reached and Terry, who had local knowledge from work assignments in the area, was able to explain to us how much had been inundated. A lot of people seem to be unaware of the floods effect in the outlying district and I trip to some of these places soon make you realize that more areas other than Bundaberg North had been severely affected. We did not go into Winfield itself as there were a few kilometres of gravel road and despite my previous actions I didn’t think it would be a good thing to travel over this. But apparently there were many homes there that were completely covered by floodwaters and many more affected to a lesser degree.

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Outside the hall

After a while I offered a suggestion that I could lead the group to somewhere I was sure most had never been to before. I explained that as the roads in the area eventually all turned to gravel we would have to go in and come out the some way over some rough back roads but there was nice scenery to see and it was something different. Everyone was happy enough with the idea so off we went, heading back to Bundaberg we turned off opposite the turn off to Yandaran before taking the road to Waterloo Hall, our mystery destination. We pulled up at the hall and everyone seemed pleased with the ride in. I explained that the Hall was a bit like the Biggenden Mine that Peter had taken us to earlier this year. There isn’t much to see but now we’ve seen it. At least here we actually stopped and got off the bikes as opposed to the ride by we did when we visited the mine.

After more healthy discussion we eventually became intrigued by the Throttle lock device that Harry had recently purchased. Apparently when it was fitted and Harry applied the brake the brake lever acted on the device and actually wound on the throttle. Deciding that Harry was some sort of fool and had fitted it incorrectly we all had a go at working out how it should work. After considerable time and experimentation we had to concede that maybe Harry wasn’t a fool after all because none of us could figure it out. Finally in desperation we read the instructions only to find that we had actually fitted it correctly after all but its operation would be clumsy and even dangerous. Deciding that it was a very well designed and engineered piece of rubbish we handed it back to Harry and made plans for the rest of the day. This involved a barbeque back at my place to finish off the left over steaks etc that had been frozen in readiness after the Christmas party.

Waterloo Hall

Waterloo Hall

We left Waterloo Hall without a back ward glance and made our way to my place and the welcome shade under the veranda. Tony detoured to pick up the club esky and drinks, and Loll of course, while Jason went home to fetch Kathy and their young daughter. It was good to see the ladies come along and join us and maybe bring some sensibility to our gathering. John A also joined us and we had a pleasant time sitting back and relaxing. We made short work of the leftovers and some fresh salads so were well sated before calling it a day.

Relaxed

Relaxed

In all it was a very satisfying day. We all enjoyed it and it was a great way to finish off the year. Thanks to everyone who joined in and thanks to Jason for being tail end Charlie for the day.

 

 

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