February 2016. Hervey Bay

February 2016. Hervey Bay

Date:Mar 21, 2016 Time: Type:Ride Report Location:Hervey Bay

Ride to Hervey Bay

February 21st, 2016

Warren Walker

11 members, made up of 9 riders and 2 pillions, came along for the Monthly Ride to Hervey Bay. Joining us for the day was guest and prospective new member Peter Davies on his Moto Guzzi California.

Peter H was originally scheduled to lead the ride but got his dates mixed up and thought he would not be available. A day or so earlier he realised he could actually make it but did not have time to organise anything. Doesn’t sound like Peter at all really.

Thinking that Peter was not available I had made a rough plan so I offered to lead the way. Peter volunteered to be Tail End Charlie, perhaps to make amends for his confusion. So after a short briefing we jumped on the bikes and headed out of town along the Childers Highway. At Bonna Road turn off we were all shocked when another motorcyclist weaved through the pack, crossing double white line and then overtaking a car turning right into Bonna Road. Luckily the car driver was alert and delayed turning, allowing the rider to get by. After this event the rider slowed his pace and when he turned off at the Cedars Crossing was only about 100 meters in front of us. This event provided us all with plenty of conversation during the day with everyone agreeing that he was lucky not to be cleaned up and wondering what the rush was considering he was such a short distance in front of us when he turned off. I think we were all glad not to witness a fatality or have to provide first aid.

We took some back roads around Childers emerging near the Golf Course. A storm must have been through some of the area we crossed with tree and leaf debris on the road and a section with red soil washed over the road to a thickness of several inches. We slowed and negotiated this carefully and safely but no one was impressed with the red mud on their tyres.

 

Burrum River view

Burrum River view

We travelled to Burrum Heads before stopping at a river side park for a look at the view. It was very pleasant under the shade of some trees looking at the calm waters and observing the fisher folk. They didn’t catch anything while we were there but seemed to be quite content. Loll seemed quite content as well, taking a seat on the grass and looking very relaxed.

 

Relaxed at Burrum Heads

Relaxed at Burrum Heads

 

After some mumblings about coffee we took a short ride to the bakery and shops for some refreshments.  After more relaxing we decided to head straight for Hervey Bay.

Rather than heading straight to the boat harbour as we usually do I led the pack through Point Vernon so we could see something a bit different. It was a clear day and the ocean views were pleasant from the headlands we passed over offering a different perspective than what we normally see from the esplanade.

Lunch was had at an eatery at the boat harbour. Tony suggested the spot on account of seeing $10.00 roasts when he was there recently. With a slight threat of rain we opted to dine inside. We were quickly seated but the lack of working air conditioning and some music that was just a touch too loud from the resident singer/guitarist started to get a bit annoying. Thankfully the staff came out and offered us an outside table in the breeze, but undercover, when it became available. Things improved from there especially when our lunches arrived, we certainly couldn’t complain about the quantity.

After lunch and conversation we returned to the bikes and departed for Torbanlea to fuel up. John A took the lead for a while to pilot us out of Hervey Bay on a back road to save us the drudgery of multiple traffic lights and increased traffic along Boat Harbour Drive. After fuelling up for some we headed for home. I had originally planned to stop at Cordalba but after sighting some threatening rain clouds I headed directly to Bundaberg. We dispersed ou separate ways as we came into town and I managed to get home just as the rain came down.

Thanks to everyone who came along and made the day interesting. Although we only travelled about  300 Kms It was a great way to spend the day, beat staying home and mowing the lawn anyway.

Thanks to Peter for being Tail End Charlie and also to John for taking the lead out of Hervey Bay.

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