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Old 06-03-2017
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Summer Lakes Ride 2017 Ride Report

90+ riders showed at Wayatinah Golf club just before 9 on the Saturday of the ride. There were lots of familiar faces and the familiar laughter of old mates remembering the last ride in 2 feet of snow. This was a lot different, with a forecast of 25-28 degrees both days and clear blue sky meaning 1 thing. Dust and plenty of it.

There was also the usual gearing up pranks, perving on the bike porn of the new models and the usual barrage of questions from the newcomers. How far, how hard and how long? I gave my stock standard answers, not far, not hard, and not long.

We punched into the warm up track and I started to gap the pack by the second corner man stop. Too early to start measuring my dick just yet I thought so I kept a lid on it and wound my way up to the top of the hill. Thatís the beauty of knowing the track. I popped my helmet off to watch the carnage in the ruts and soft loam - no such luck. First bike to come along was straight up, and the second, and then the 4 following him. I thought I better get rolling before we have a traffic jam. 2 corners later I came across some dog walkers so I stopped and had a chat and apologised Ė there are 90 more behind me. The water line spat us out onto the road almost back at the cars which is handy for all of the last minute wardrobe changes, forgotten items and broken bits. Shut em down lads Ė weíll be here a while. Itís always the way when sorting the wheat from the chaff in the warm up track. If you can get through there then you are a good enough rider to finish the ride.

Now I didnít find out till much later, but a group of about 7 or 8 bikes joined us at this junction, none of them built after 1990, one of them with a 20 litre drum occy strapped to the back of it and one of them with a passenger strapped to the back of it. The poor sweeper didnít get the message to me until about two hours later. They had a very hard time of it. They had missed the corner man chat as well so the pack was blown to bits and strewn over 20kís. We ended up sending them down the black stuff to the cheers and delight of the faster riders.

I had my own problems at the front. 20 something year old kids on 2 bangers hard up my clacker. The faster I went the more they seemed to be enjoyed it until I was so out of control I was in the ferns on every corner and heading for a huge crash. I had to have a chat to them and explain that itís a long ride over 2 days, and a social charity ride at that (it didnít stop them at all). When you are leading you donít get a break. Every time you put someone on a corner there is a fresh hard-on up your arse trying to make a name for himself. In hindsight it was awesome because it pushed me, but at the time I was scared of doing a femur.

We went out into the bush and had a look at the old Hydro installations from the 40ís and 50ís. Itís amazing to see what a bunch of polish immigrants could do. The transmission lines have been paved with jagged 200mm bluestone which gave the boys a good shake up. We arrived at lunch to find out the quad group were having a nightmare run or punctures, wheels falling off, corner man issues and alcohol abuse. Bloody quad riders.

The lunch feed was unreal, steak and schnitzel sandwiches, a ton of fresh fruit and big mixing bowls full of lollies to fuel up on. We went through corner man again and sent the slower riders around the next lot of harder stuff.

Carnage Hill wasnít. The lead group sailed up it Ė very impressive. We didnít even take the chicken track. One of the loud obnoxious blokes on the ride had a puncture so naturally we took his axle nut and hid it. At least we helped him look for it for 15 minutes - fun and games. I then went into the long single trail run with an A Grade rider on a Beta 480 up my clacker, I made 1 or 2 mistakes in there but hopefully I didnít hold him up too much over what feels like about 10kís. More 20 year old kids on 2 dingers arriving at a million miles an hour at the end. The last part of the day was the long run to Bronte Park Chalet and straight into the social lubricant.

Meals were top notch and arrived quickly. They TPíd my bike so I locked it inside my cabin. In years gone past it has taken me an hour to find the bloody thing after the yobboís hide it. Sabotage is encouraged Ė it pays to check your plug lead the next day.

Day 2 was hot. We had a long transport out past a wood stave pipeline to an old 4WD track thatís since been reclaimed by the bush. I was a bit gun shy after I busted my foot in there last New Yearís Eve on a stump. I took the lads down to the hill climb and I took the chicken track straight up. King of the hill was Ė you guessed it Ė a 20 something year old kid on a 2 dinger:




And just to show it wasnít a fluke he went straight back down and did it again. The rest of the lads struggled to get up and one even spewed at the top from exertion and brown bottle fever. It was all pretty relaxed riding back for another awesome steak sanger lunch. We annoyed some fly fisherman as we rode across a dam full of trout.

After lunch we hit the plantations and found our way blocked by logging operations. I took what I thought looked like a good alternative trail Ė fail. It had 20 waist high trees across it. We had a team of 5 of us at the front lifting, breaking, grunting and smashing out way through the edge of the eucalypt plantation. A few of said the same thing - it will be an awesome track then itís a bit clearer. We went down to a dam for a look at the tunnel intake Ė a 6km tunnel through a mountain carrying the water for a power station. Naturally the hot rod young blokes cooked their tyres off on the concrete dam. The sort of behaviour that gets those placed gated off. Richard craniums. A few more pine plantations and back to the cars. 170kís for the weekend. All up with our corporate donations we raised $2600+ for the charity Ė a little girl with bone cancer. Stoked. The usual thanks to all who donated and helped. We are all looking forward to the winter ride and hoping for less snow this year.
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Bloody great weekend, met heaps of good blokes. Never been on a trail ride that was so well organised. Ate like kings and rode awesome tracks for two days, thanks Shane for organising it all.

Never seen two blokes pillion on a DR650 on a trail ride though, we had to sort that out pretty quick smart. The hill was interesting to say the least. That video makes it look like Vossy rode up it with ease, I don't know how many goes I had but the big Beta just didnt want to go all the way.
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Good job Shane!

Nice to meet you finally Pigdog! Old fart 2 day ride in May, get on it.
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Thanks for organising the ride Shane, the most fun i've had with my clothes on.

Great to meet you pigdog, hope to catch up with you again.

Cheers, Simon. (KTM 450 EXC-R)
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Awesome!
Can't wait for the winter ride

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Cracking ride report, thanks.
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Hopefully the winter ride isnt 2 days of this again:
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A little bit of good press here doesnt hurt:

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