August 2015. Tin Can Bay

August 2015. Tin Can Bay

Date:Aug 16, 2015 Time:8:30 Type:Monthly Ride Location:Tin Can Bay

Ride to Tin Can Bay.

August 16th  2015

Warren Walker

Upon arrival at the usual meeting place I found that I was the fourth participant to arrive and also the fourth Triumph rider. We had a quick chat concerning the possibility of becoming a Triumph club before the remainder of the group arrived. We were soon outnumbered when the next eight arrivals included only one more Triumph.

There may have been two had Leif not decided to bring his latest acquisition along instead. A somewhat worn and previously neglected Kawasaki 750 Zephyr was his choice for the day. On the road with registration and “new” tyres for less than $1000 it raised eyebrows and some concerns over its survival over the day. But Leif was unconcerned, apparently the trailer was already set up at home with tie downs etc attached and ready for use. Nothing like having a plan B I suppose.

A rapid repair was made on Charmaine’s Ducati when it was noticed her registration plate was swinging in the breeze and secured by only one bolt. While it was a very minor repair it appeared to take a committee of three or four to complete the repair but it was good to see such spirited teamwork.

We ended up with 12 bikes with two pillions including Dale’s daughter Kelsey who had come along for the day. We had two guest riders as well as Dave who handed in his membership application. This made for one of the bigger groups who have attended for some time.

After a quick chat, during which I mentioned the highly likely chance of us becoming somewhat lost during the day, we formulated a plan for the day and departed. First stop was the usual Sexy Coffee outside Maryborough, taking the back roads and bypassing Childers as I tend to do. We did not hang around for long as we still had a few kilometres to travel before lunch. Peter Hansen took over the lead with “Harvey Siding Road” locked into his GPS as I was not exactly sure of where this turn off.

Once we reached this road we turned off the highway and I retook the lead to guide everybody around the back of Gympie and onto the Tin Can Bay Road. This detour was quite interesting with a few members later commenting on not being sure where we were going or even where we were. No surprise really because as the ride leader I was also unsure. But with the help of a few fortunately placed signs pointing the way we managed to make it without any unanticipated detours. The roads had a few curves and hills and some nice scenery, it certainly beat the boring highway.

Boat Harbour

Boat Harbour

On arrival at Tin Can Bay we went straight to the boat harbour area for everyone to have a look around. There were a few comments from people who had not visited the area for many years (or even decades) or had never previously been there at all. Deciding that lunch was calling we headed back to the local hotel to eat. However on entering the dining area we were surprised to find that they no longer served lunch on Sunday. Harry made the suggestion to visit the Country Club we had passed on the way in. So after refuelling at the service station near the hotel that’s where we went. It turned out to be an excellent idea from Harry. The club was well set up, the meals were substantial, reasonably priced and arrived quickly.

Lunch At the Country Club

Lunch At the Country Club

A Different Helmet Rack

A Different Helmet Rack

As per usual there was  entertaining conversation with the usual light hearted banter interposed with some serious discussion on many and varied topics. Once we had satisfied our hunger, thirst and need for social interaction we prepared to depart. In the car park there was another quick repair done on Charmaine’s Ducati when she discovered the air duct attached to her fairing had come loose. This was quickly remedied with some tape. While a lot of us carry duct tape and the like for roadside repairs it is the first time I have seen Duct tape used to actually repair a problem with a duct. This time Dale was able to make the repair himself without the aid of a committee. Good to see a professional at work.

We returned home via the Maryborough – Cooloola Coast road. We quickly passed through Maryborough for a fuel stop at Torbanlea. The final leg of the days ride was via Goodwood Road to Bundaberg. We pulled up opposite the Thabeban service station to say our goodbyes.

We covered about 480 kilometers and I think we all enjoyed ourselves. The ride, the weather and the company was excellent. No one got lost and Leif’s bike held together despite what appeared to be a definite attempt to find its limits while Charmaine’s minor issues were trivial.

Thank you to everyone who came along for the ride and to Kev and Wendy for once again filling the Tail End Charlie role.

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