A beautiful windless and cloudless Indian Summer day with the temperature nudging 30 degrees. Not bad for April and ideal for a run which included parts of the Adelaide Hills, southern beaches and the Fluerieu Peninsula. Only 9 starters however – perhaps because of the club having 3 runs in the same week.
Historic bikes far outnumbered the moderns and comprised (in age order):-
Charles Oliver 1967 Triumph T120R 650cc
John France 1970 Harley Electra Glide 1200cc
David Saint 1973 BMW R90S 900cc
Campbell Blaney 1977 Triumph T140V 750cc
Alan Kernich 1985 BMW R80 800cc
Geff Walsh 1986 BMW K100 1000cc
Tony Mitchell 1987 Honda XBR500 500cc
Wayne Williams 2008 Yamaha XVS 650cc
Louis Peilschmidt 2016 Honda Africa Twin 1000cc
From our meeting point at the Top of Taps Caltex servo, our route took us south along Piggot Range Road and via Clarendon towards our morning break stop at the Whole Grain Bakery at McLaren Flat. Whickhams Hill Road, Range Road and Pennys Hill Road provided a motorcyclist’s dream along the way.
After coffee it was straight down to the coast at Port Willunga, then south along the Esplanade to Silver Sands, the sea like a mirror, no crowds, just fantastic.
Back up to Main South Road and on to on of our favourites, Reservoir Road at Myponga, down to Carrickalinga, through Normanville and Lady Bay and on to lunch at Second Valley. The shop at the caravan park has a shady park and al fresco dining. A very pleasant spot.
The home route was a quick blast, somewhat marred by flying insects via Delamere, Torrens Vale, Yankalilla to Myponga, Willunga Hill and Meadows, where we had another short stop for re-fuelling. Some divergence for the southern suburbanites here, but for the rest on to Mylor and Aldgate, where I peel off for the northern end of town via Piccadilly, Ashton and Norton Summit.
A wonderful ride for me (285km) and others, I know. Thanks to all participants.