Mopeds Plus : Williamstown Wander, 5th August 2018

16 Aug


Graham Riley         1960      Vespa                 125cc          Scooter

David Saint            1957       BMW                 250cc           M/C

A Wallis                 1950      Tilbrook              200cc           M/C

Warren Duncan      2002      Honda                 250cc           M/C

Mick Hayes            2005      Suzuki                400cc           M/C

Ian Roddie             1947    Excelsior               98cc        Autobyk

Rob Smyth             1970  Motobecane            50cc         Moped

Peter Arriola          1957     James                  197cc           M/C

Tony  Earnshaw    1972    Yamaha                125cc           M/C

The weather forecast was nearly as bad as the forecast for last year’s Wander which was eventually cancelled. However, it seemed likely that if we endured strong winds in the early part of the ride, the rain may hold off till later in the day when we had finished and that is about how it went.

Nine starters as per the list lined up for the journey from Williamstown to Angaston and return. We were accompanied by Wayne Williams towing the backup-trailer, and Robert (Pud) Freeman and Alan Martin motoring in comfort to observe the fun.

On the outbound journey the very strong gusty winds were certainly there, and made progress (and control) quite difficult for the smaller bikes. We chose to travel by an alternative route via Tanunda Creek Rd which has many short inclines. The combination of the wind and the slopes compelled Ian Roddie to dismount and walk on more than a few occasions and Wayne eventually put the Excelsior on the trailer.

On the return journey the blustery wind from the North had swung around to the West and made fairly difficult riding back to Williamstown. A few drops of rain fell at Williamstown, as we arrived.  The main rain showers started about 30mins later and those travelling back South by bike would have arrived home wet.

Nevertheless, it was a good attendance for a bad weather day and thanks go to the helpers on the journey:-

Wayne Williams  –  backup car and trailer

Mick Hayes and others – for marshalling duties

Alan Wallis  –  Tailend  Charlie

NEXT RUN:  Mount Barker Burble on 7th October 2017

MEET:           9.30 for 10am start @Lions Club Car park – Mt.Barker,   RHS of                         Mt. Barker to Flaxley Rd.     

Morning:  Mt. Barker/ Echunga/ Meadows Bakery/Macclesfield/Mt.Barker   approx. 40 kms

Lunch at Mt. Barker

 Afternoon: Mt.Barker/Littlehampton//Balhannah/Oakbank/Woodside/Nairne/

Littlehampton/Mt.Barker approx 40 kms.                        

Enquiries; Warren 8388 1770 / Alan 8295 5097

REMEMBER: These runs cater for the slower rider, backup trailer always provided.


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