May 2016. Kilkivan

May 2016. Kilkivan

Date:May 15, 2016 Time:08:30 am Type:Monthly Ride Location:Kilkivan

Ride to Kilkivan

15th May 2016

Warren Walker

It was a brilliant morning as we gathered at Quay Street for the ride to the country town of Kilkivan. The temperature was great and clear skies were beckoning as a total of 11 bikes with one pillion arrived. Once again we had a number of guest riders along for the day including Kevin a first time guest on a large Kawasaki Vulcan as well as three riders who had ridden with us previously.

After a quick briefing we left promptly at 8:30 with Dale and Anne Maree agreeing to the Tail End Charlie duties for the day. I had explained that we had a fair distance to cover and we would not be hanging about. With this in mind we headed for Biggenden via Mount Perry Road, Wallaville, Booyan and Dalarnil.

Refuelling at Biggenden allowed for a relaxed but fairly short smoko break before we jumped on the bikes and journeyed on to Kilkivan. Turning off the Burnett Highway at Tansey we then crossed that fabulous smooth and winding piece of road over a small range before emerging at Killkivan. A great piece of road but I do prefer it going the other way and riding up the range rather than riding down it as we had done. Pulling up at the hotel there were a number of conversations happening, mostly about how smooth that particular bit of road was and how extremely rough other sections were. We all agreed that the rough sections are generally getting much worse.

Kilkivan Pub

Kilkivan Pub

We had arrived twenty minutes before midday and the hotel was not taking lunch orders until then. Most of us set of to explore the main street with the majority ending up at the antique shop for some strange reason.

Lief finds a friend

Lief finds a friend

We returned to the hotel for lunch which we enjoyed in the beer garden. Kevin, another guest rider on a Harley Davidson, decided that he enjoyed riding with us and promptly filled in an application form and paid for his membership. We are all pleased to see a new member joining us (especially Treasurer John).

There were many varied and interesting conversation going on but eventually we had to get going again. We refuelled at the service station on the edge of town before heading to Tiaro via Woolooga and Gundiah. Unfortunately we were stuck behind slow traffic on the road from Gundiah but given the rough state of the road I don’t think anyone was too disappointed with the slow pace. We had a final stop at Tiaro with some refuelling here.

We were amazed at the volume of traffic passing and when we went to leave we had a fair amount of trouble breaking into the continuous stream of vehicles. We promptly turned off the highway and took the back roads through Antiguar and Mungar before rejoining the highway at Maryborough. Amazingly the traffic here was very reasonable and we were able to make good progress before turning off and coming home along Goodwood Road.

We gathered at the usual spot opposite the service station near the ring road to say our goodbyes. As it was during the day there were many comments about what a great day we had enjoyed and how good the weather had been. We had travelled around 440 – 450 Kilometres and still made it home by 4:00pm. Given the shorter days at this time of the year we were all quite happy about that.

Thanks to everyone who came along to enjoy the day and thanks to Dale and Anne Maree for being Tail End Charlie.

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