Ride to Milang, Sunday 9th April 2017

9 Apr

As expected, the promised inclement weather kept numbers down for this ride. Seven riders met at the starting point Top of Taps. It was good to see the historics outnumbering the moderns 4-3. Riders present were :- Charles Oliver 1959 BSA A10, Darryl McWaters 1971 Honda CB750, Alan Kernich 1974 Triumph T140V, David Saint 1978 Honda CX500, Graham Riley Yamaha Vulcan 900, Wayne Williams Yamaha XVS650 and Rosco Honda Blackbird.

We headed south down Main South Rd, left at Panalatinga Rd and across Coxs Hill / Piggott Ranges Rd and turned right through Clarendon & Kangarilla before eventually stopping at the Meadows Bakery. Strangely, we were their only customers, the roads were also fairly quiet and no rain so far. After the bakery we headed south along Bull Creek Rd and turned right at the Alexandrina Rd T-junction. At the canoe tree, before Currency Creek, we turned left following the road to Clayton Bay. After traversing a series of kinks in the road with floodways across them, Graham and I stopped at a turning to wait for the remainder to catch up. 5-10 minutes later David arrived with the news that Darryl had highsided his Honda at the approach to one of the floodways. Thankfully, bike and rider had sustained minimal damage and at this point he returned home.

The remaining half dozen riders continued onto Clayton Bay and then north to Milang where we pulled over at the Milang Bakery. The wind was picking up and the skies looked ominous, but I think everyone was prepared for possible showers. After pies/pasties from the bakery, we headed to Strathalbyn and then Paris Creek Rd where showers with strong winds blew across the road. We followed the line of cars along Paris Creek Rd and into Meadows where we regrouped at the servo before all heading home in different directions.

Our next run is on Sunday April 30th when we will again visit the Meadows Bakery as well as exploring roads in and around Strathalbyn, but this time we will meet at Hawthorn Crescent, Hazelwood Park 9:30 for a 10am start.

Charles Oliver, Club Captain.

PS. The original plan was to visit Goolwa, but the destination changed to Milang on a whim.