October 2014. Bunya Mountains

October 2014. Bunya Mountains

Date:Oct 17, 2014 Time:8:30 am Type:Monthly Ride Location:Bunya Mountains

Bunya Mountains Trip

18-10-2014

Peter Hansen

Saturday morning, Tony, Lol, Warren, John A, Terry, Trevor, Karen and I headed for Biggenden for a coffee break and a fuel up for the Guzzi. We our superior fuel capacities we abandoned Terry for the more up-market coffee shop while he slummed it alone at the service station. Turned out a coffee shop in Biggenden couldn’t survive so we had to join Terry at the servo. While we had inferior coffees, Terry left on his own, obviously still sulking after having been deserted. It turned out that wasn’t the case. He was checking out if the owner of a local private museum was happy for us to look at his collection. Fortunately he was and what a collection it was.

Ground Floor

Ground Floor

I have never seen so much “stuff” stored in such a haphazard way yet somehow following a theme. In the total chaos there was order.  Extreme obsessive compulsive rolled in with a high level of creativity seemed to play a big role here. You name it, he had it. The roof was held down by “stuff” and also held up by more “stuff”.

Top Floor

Top Floor

We knew he had a motorcycle collection but our collective jaws dropped when we saw 44 Douglass, all different, all in good condition. I doubt if there would be a collection like this anywhere in the world and that’s in a town that can’t support a coffee shop. After that amazing museum, we set off to Goomeri for lunch. There were quite a few bikes in Goomeri when we arrived, and one of the highlights was a new Indian going past with the deepest exhaust note I think I have ever heard.  We all fueled up and headed for the Bunyas via Kingaroy. It’s always a good run up the mountain and we arrived at about 4:00pm.  We were joined by Phil and Jo, Trevor and Karen’s friends also on a yellow Ducati ST. We had a brief settling in period then it was beer time. Although the drinks were a little expensive, to be expected in an isolated area like the Bunyas, the café meal prices were very reasonable which pleased us as the restaurant looked like it was set up for a posh wedding. Unfortunately they disassembled the cafe eating irons meaning we were heading for the posh wedding restaurant with posh wedding prices. I can’t comment on other people’s meals but Warren and I each ordered a beef cheek dish, from memories of their fabled beef duo from yesteryear. It tasted like fat soup. Yuk. And that was an expensive yuk. There was lots of laughter and I know I had a good time except for the yuk. Terry’s specialty for the night was pear cider, or so he thought. Turned out to be apple cider and it took three of us and the bar staff to convince him. That kept us entertained for a while. The next morning, although a little chilly, there was the spectacle of regent bower birds and boxing wallabies. Enough environmental stuff, I know no-one is interested. We set off for Maidenwell where the run down the mountain is always great and breakfast at the famous Maidenwell cafe where the toilets have a view.  Unfortunately it’s in both directions. The breaky wasn’t too bad and large as was the wait. So long in fact it became brunch.   Off to Goomeri again for fuel and unfortunately it wasn’t convenient to stop at the new Woolooga cafe as planned. Next time maybe. Our next destination was Sexy Coffee for a sexy coffee and a nibble just to supplement brunch then off home. Thanks Warren for going tail end Charlie. PS Terry suggested next time we do the Bunyas, we could make it our lunch destination, there’s plenty of time,  then stay somewhere down the mountain to avoid the high cost of the restaurant. Maybe Maidenwell pub or even Woodford to make it a big day. Food for thought.

Bike Collection

Bike Collection

Antique Sewing Machines. Moto Guzzis. Any similarities?

Antique Sewing Machines. Moto Guzzis. Any similarities?

The Girls decide.Hoarding or Collecting

The Girls decide.Hoarding or Collecting

Personal airplane

Personal airplane

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