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Back In The Saddle

Kat & I finally got back on the road whilst I was at home on my break, and boy was it good!!

Grizz had arranged a "mystery ride" and I was really looking forward to it. We headed to Eddie's place early on Sunday morning and met up with John, Grasshopper, Dodge and Eddie, as well as Lynne who was travelling by car. We rode together down to our meeting place, the Park Ridge Tavern carpark. A few new faces & bikes showed up along with the usual mob and it was great to see everyone together. We spent a while there catching up - I took particular interest in Mikes new toy, a very grunty looking silver MT-01.

After about 45 minutes we geared up and hit the black stuff, heading south along Mt Lindsay Hwy towards the Rathdowney Pub for our first stop. We rode as a group for the majority of the way until I decided to make a break and really feel the wind against my chest, something that I had missed so much over the previous 7 weeks. There was very little traffic on the road and the GSX did what it was built to do - go baby, go! I was surprised that no one followed. We arrived at the pub about 5 minutes before the others, and I could not wipe the cheesy grin off my face.

We had a couple of drinks and then set off as a group again, taking the right turn onto the road to Boonah. I took it easy from here and hung at the back of the group, prefering to watch the 12 or so bikes snake their way along this great piece of road. Couldn't help but notice how good the surrounding country is looking - a lot greener than the last time I was out this way, obviously benefiting from all the rain that had fallen whilst I was away. We turned off before Boonah and followed the road through Mt Alford and passing Lake Moogerah. One of the guys was very lucky not to be cleaned up by a bull that tried to cross the road and rejoin his mates - the hazards of unfenced sections of road.

We finally pulled into the Peakes Crossing pub around lunch time - those of you that have been there will know that while it is not much to look at from the road, they serve a fantastic pizza and plenty of it! Funnily enough, Kat & I decided on the steak sandwich instead, as we had eaten plenty of pizza the night before. We spent a while in the shade of the beer garden before deciding to fuel up and continue on to our last stop - the Walloon Pub.

A few of the others left the ride after fuelling up on the Cunningham Hwy - the rest of us continued on the short distance to Walloon. On arriving, I was starting to feel it a bit - although we had covered only a shortish distance, my butt and shoulders were getting sore! Not usual for me, but after so long off it I reckon a few longer rides and I would be back to normal. It was also quite warm and the beers were starting to taste real good so we didn't spend too long here - we said our goodbyes and geared up for the last time. We rode home with Dodge, Eddie, Grasshopper along the Ipswich and Logan Motorways.

Was a great day and we really enjoyed it - a big thankyou to everyone for coming along for the ride!!

The bikes...

Rathdowney Pub

Damage on Johno's bike after it fell off the stand - such a pity as it was looking sweet

The turn-off to Boonah

On the road

The bikes at Peakes Crossing

At the Peakes Crossing Pub

A couple of the new guys chatting with Eddie

Standing between Grasshopper & Grizz with that cheesy grin!!

Out front at Walloon

At the Walloon Pub

The route we followed

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Road Captain said...

Glad you're back in the saddle!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Giest said...

Obviously, it's much warmer down there then it is up here...

Stay safe out there ;)

8:40 PM  

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