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    New Years Day Downunder

    My mates and I (the West Coast Procrastinators in our youth) finally got our act together to reprise our NYD 2008 run. We had actually planned the ride for New Years Eve, but with a scorching 42C temperature forecast we postponed it to NYD (with no procrastination at all). The route differed slightly from our 2008 run, but still involved the 12 Apostles, two old Norton Commandos, two Japanese motorcycles and plenty of time spent chatting over a tasty lunch together. Let me tell you a little about my riding buddies.

    In addition to his Norton Commando, Andy has numerous other motorcycles. Complete and running are a 500cc BSA twin, a newly acquired 1972 T250 Suzuki Hustler, and an old 350cc Panther single. Ready for restoration he has a 450 Ducati and another BSA. I've probably missed some, as there are numerous other motorcycles in various states of completion.

    Other than his Commando, Steve has another complete and rideable Norton 500cc single, a 1970's RD350 Yamaha (which he rode to some of the most remote parts of Australia on back in 1979) and currently has a 500cc twin cylinder Norton Dominator under restoration. He also kindly houses my wife's running, but incomplete, early 1970's 175cc Yamaha dirt bike and some other miscellaneous motorcycles and parts of Andy's. Both of these guys were my mates from our teenage years, when motorcycles and riding was a common bond that brought us together.

    Neither Marty nor I are into restoring old motorcycles. Marty's my main long distance touring buddy, an excellent route planner and navigator, (both of which I am not) and features in most ride reports in my blog. We've been great friends for the past 25 years.

    Andy standing near Steve’s Norton



    Andy's Norton (sorry to decapitate you in this shot Steve, it was meant to be a pic of the motorcycle!)



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    Re: New Years Day Downunder

    We headed off from our rendezvous point in Colac (Vic) which is approx 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Melbourne. Our lunch destination turned out to be the cafe at a distillery in the tiny Western District township of Timboon.

    Here's a map of our route starting in Colac at Steve's place, which is approx 80 klm (50 miles) from my home.



    Timboon is just a little inland from the famous 12 Apostles and the gas processing plant for the Casino Natural Gas off shore gas fields.

    Motorcycles in the township of Timboon.



    No plastic bags here!



    We quickly discovered that virtually the only place open for food was the distillery / restaurant (it was New Year’s Day after all!)



    We settled at a table and enjoyed great meals and plenty of banter.



    The Apostles area has actually become a bit of a tourist trap in recent years with scenic helicopter flights, lots of tourist coaches from Melbourne and a visitor center. It is the heart of the Shipwreck Coast.

    Fortunately it was relatively quiet and there were quite a few choppers sitting idle and pilots hanging about waiting for customers. As we were leaving we noticed that one of the big multi seat choppers was being wheeled out of its hanger though.







    The 12 Apostles visitor center



    We didn’t stay long and I didn’t take any pics of the coastal formations as I’ve just about overdone it in prior ride reports!

    We cruised along the Great Ocean Road in beautiful sunny riding conditions with very little traffic to hold us up on our way through all the twisty bits.

    At Lavers Hill we left the GOR and headed inland. It was great riding the twisties downwards through the eucalyptus forests back towards Colac. We had a stop at the general store in the tiny township of Gellibrand for a cool drink and a bit more conversation. The owner there is an avid dirt bike rider so we often chew the fat about his remote area trips in outback Oz.





    From there it was a quick 20 minute run back to our original meeting place near Colac, before Marty and I headed back to Geelong.

    You couldn’t ask for a much better start to the New Year- great mates, lots of twisty roads back roads with the smell of eucalyptus in the air and great riding weather for summer - a mild 22 Celcius after the scorching 42 C the day prior.

    Ride safe in 2011 everyone.

    Jules.
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    Re: New Years Day Downunder



    I am so glad your mates have lots of bikes that way they won't mind loaning one when I finally make it down under for a visit.

    Seriously, if this happens before I am too freakin' old, i'd love to have a tour guide and it seems you and your mates are the perfect combo! Especially if combined with a friendly tour of the 12 Apostles. I'm there, dood. This year it's Scotland, but next year...maybe it will have to be on my way to to circumvent the globe!!

    Cheers Jules, I thank you for the tease!! Ride safely!
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    Re: New Years Day Downunder

    Mate, great ride i must do that circuit one day with the goldwing guys i might do it as an overnight ride etc

    Nice bikes you all have

    john

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    Re: New Years Day Downunder

    Hey Donna - no worries you will be most welcome.

    Have a great tour of Scotland - I will look forward to another excellent ride report & pix.

    John - yes it's a great run, but best to avoid the weekends if you can and travel the GOR in counter-clockwise direction to minimize traffic. There are some nice accommodations in Port Campbell.

    My next multi-day ride is when we head for the Snowy Mountains and southern NSW coast during the last week of February.

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    Re: New Years Day Downunder

    Nice to see you lads out and about ,still a bit of snow around here ,
    Good pics of the bikes and trip
    well done ..
    Ride Safe Ride Far And Return.

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    Re: New Years Day Downunder

    Missed this bit Donna ,,When and where I am shure the tractor will be still on the road ??


    This year it's Scotland, but next year...maybe it will have to be on my way to to circumvent the globe!!

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    Re: New Years Day Downunder

    Some nice bikes, pics and report there, thanks for sharing.

    Can't say I'm not a bit jealous though, getting slightly too much rain, snow, salt, ice, freezing blinkin' temperatures and dressing up in 15 layers every time the bike comes out. Roll on spring!
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