The weather forecast which promised uncomfortably hot and humid conditions followed later in the day by heavy rain, obviously contributed to the low number of entries. However the rain did not eventuate at Goolwa until late evening and apart for some showers experienced by riders returning to the Adelaide area at the end of the event, no one got wet. As usual the coastal winds in the Goolwa area made things a bit interesting for the smaller machines.
Unfortunately apologies were received from Rob (Pud) Freeman, Roger O’Loughlin and Don Jennings prior to the start. These three “regulars” are very reliable marshalls at Moped events. However their absence was overcome with the help of Paul Knapp and David Saint who marshalled as required.
Ian Voysey’s legendary Malvern Star Autobyk was the only casualty for the day. After an outstanding performance at its last Moped Plus appearance this machine was struck by the curse of the Goolwa over-bridge incline, about half a kilometre from the start, and retired for the day!
The bikes followed the traditional routes to the Murray Mouth in the morning and after lunch to North Goolwa, Middleton, and back through Goolwa. For a bit of variety we stopped off at the barrage at Goolwa and took the walk out over the structure to the lock and watched the seals and water birds as they collected fish tumbling over the weir. A very worthwhile variation.
Being clad in uncomfortable unventilated wet weather gear in anticipation of the rain was a bit of a pest but nevertheless it was a good day. Our thanks go to the marshalls and to John Mikutta for towing the backup trailer with his car .
Next Run : 24th Annual Moped Marathon Sunday April 2nd
Meet : 9:00 for 9.30am start rear car park, Totness Inn, Mt Pleasant
Run : am – Mt Pleasant/Williamstown/Springton/Angaston (lunch). pm – Angaston/Kyneton/Eden Valley/Springton/Mt Pleasant approx 115kms.
Phone : Warren 8388 1770 or Alan 8295 5097