The Not to Woolnorth ride 13/09/2020
Only Greg and Mark turned up for this ride. Weather forecast was for a windy day, but no rain, so decided to ride to Detention River shop and see what happens from there. Bob joined us there. Afterwards, decided to ride out to Roger River, over the Kununnah bridge, turning left, past Sumac lookout, through Trowutta, and back into Smithton for lunch at Sadies milk bar. The wind wasn't too bad, and it was good to have a tailwind on the way back for a change.
Northwest Memorial ride 6/9/2020
Greg, Cheryl, Russell, Ian, Mark, John F and son Mark and Anthony turned up for this longish ride. This was the first ride Cheryl and I have participated in since Covid reared it's ugly head 6 months ago. Rode down highway, making our first stop at Perth Roadhouse. Then to Campbelltown, over Lake Leake road to Swansea Bark Mill for lunch as usual. Rode back via Elephant Pass, St Marys, Fingal, Avoca, stopping at Epping Forest ,then home. We clocked up 550 klms for the day. Weather was ok, but nothing to rave about just yet
Savage river ride 19/01/20
Ian, Colin, Mark and Shayne turned out for this one. Left Burnie and went to Wynyard to take the Oldina Rd to Yolla then up through the gorge and into Waratah for lunch. After lunch it was a spirited run out to savage and back before heading over the Cradle link Rd and down into Forth for a lovely cold drink. A great days riding.
Lilydale Ride 22/12/19
Greg, Cheryl, Russell, Colin and Trevor turned up for this one. Weather was perfect. Rode through to Exeter Bakery for morning stop. Trevor left the ride there (had things to organize )while the rest of us went over Batman bridge, Mt Direction ,through to Bridport road, a slight detour into Weymouth, then another slight detour into Bellingham, then into Lillydale cafe for lunch. Rode back via Beaconsfield, Howell. An excellent ride enjoyed by all.
Tamar valley ride 8/12/19
Shayne, Russell and Trevor for this ride on a beautiful sunny day with no wind (YAY). Decided to head to Mole Ck for lunch instead of the Tamar valley so we left through Spreyton onto Sheffield Main Rd to Nook then a few back roads zig-zagging to Staverton and to the top of Round Hill for a leg stretch. From there it was a lovely ride over the top and down through the Karst to Mole Ck for lunch at the pub. After our feed we went through South Mole Ck, caveside, Meander, Golden Valley and the Porters Bridge loop down through Moltema to Railton for a comfort stop. I told the boys i needed to get some things from Supercheap so we headed down Railton Rd to Frogmore corner where we went our seperate ways. A great ride.
Tullah Lodge overnighter
Cethana/Wilmot area ride 7/4/19
With the weather looking dodgy again it was just myself Greg, Russell and Mark on this one. Wound our way through some nice twisty back roads to Sheffield for a coffee and a bite. The plan was to go over the Gog and out Mayberry way over the top of Round Mtn, but by the time we got to the caravan park at mole creek it was drizzling. Decided to head straight home as it was getting heavier. A quick good ride.
Longford area 10/3/19
Just the four of us on this one, myself, Colin, Peter and Les. We wandered off through Railton, the Bridle track and Weegeena into Deloraine for a leg stretch before heading to JJs bakery via Golden valley, Glenore and Bishopbourne. After a lovely lunch we went via Pateena Rd across the highway and checked out Rosedale, Bridgenorth and the Frankford Hwy finishing at the berry patch for ice creams. Great day, Great ride.
Cradle mountain 20/1/19
9 bikes for this ride and for something a little unusual we headed out through Railton, Kimberely and Weegeena into Mole Ck for a stop at the local IGA where ice creams where the favoured thing as it was already in the high 20s. After a leg stretch it was over the Gog and up to Moina before going across Cradle to Waratah for lunch. Some low cloud across the mountain dropped the temp down to 15 degs. After lunch we made our way down through the gorge with some heading to Somerset and a few going Mt Hicks way. Another great ride.
Mystery Ride 9/12/18
Let's just say it was a good ride with good people, covering good roads here and there ,so if you're curious, come along and join in
Mole Creek 18th November.
Bothwell ride 11/11/18
8 riders on what was the best day, weather wise all year for this ride. The first leg took us through Railton, Merseylea, Deloraine, Glenore, Bishopbourne and into Longford for a comfort stop, before heading through Cressy and the most glorious of roads over Poatina and into Bothwell for lunch. A lovely lunch in the sun with no wind, and then a flat battery to start the journey back. Never mind a quick push from the ride captain saw it start and also saw the idiot ride captain fall on his ass when the bike started and took off.......FUN TIMES. PS. The ride captain normally carries a jump starter but it was in his 4 wheeler toolbox this week so karma kicked his butt. After lunch it was back the way we came but straight ahead to Miena and Deloraine (the great lakes Hwy?? is almost fully tarred) where we had a flat tyre to fix in Del city. After that we all headed our seperate ways home. An awesome eventful ride.
Stanley ride (Well, sort of) 23/9/18
Surprise, surprise, 12 bikes turned up for this one. Headed off to Detention River shop as we normally do, meeting up with Bob, and after the obligatory coffee and snacks, 5 riders decided to go back (weather wasn't looking real flash )The remaining 7 were keen to keep going, so decided to ride right around the tarkine loop from the Trowutta end, stopping at the Arthur River shop for lunch. Weather was kind, but still a bit cool for thorough enjoyment. I guess it won't be long before we are saying "it's too hot now".Anyway, this ride was listed as Stanley, so on the way back, we rode past the turnoff to it,( near enough ).
Cradle link road...Not this time 16/9/18
Greg, Russell , Ian and Peter turned up for this ride. With snow to low levels forecast, we decided to keep the riding to lower levels, heading off to Forthside, Melrose, Spreyton, Railton, Bridal Track, making our first stop at ETC for coffee and snacks. Afterwards rode around the Weetah loop road, Deloraine, loop road to Exton, back roads to Westbury, Birralee road, Four Springs, Rosevale, Bridgenorth and into Exeter bakery for lunch. Getting late, so rode home via Flowery gully, Beaconsfield, Howell, Frankford road.
Tassie memorial ride 9/9/18
Weather forecast : possible showers (they say that almost every day in Tassie, just to be on the safe side )
: windy (yep,sounds about right )
:top temp of 16 (depending on where you are ).
Anyway, a few hardy souls from North west branch rode to Longford, meeting up with a few more hardy souls from the Tamar tourers group. After coffee and snacks, we all headed down to Campbelltown for a legstretch. Then over the Lake Leake road (made for motorbikes we reckon )to meet up with the Hobart branch members at Swansea Bark Mill bakery. After lunch & a short service (to remember fellow Ulyssians who have " ridden on " ),we gathered together for a group photo. Numbers were down a little this year (probably due to weather forecast )so thanks to all that did attend.
Bridport fish and chips ride 2/9/18
Better weather with 9 bikes turning up, including Greg,Russell, Rod, Ewald, Lyn,Graeme, Peter, John F and his son Mark. Rode down the Frankford highway, making our first stop at Exeter bakery .Then Sidmouth, Batman Bridge ,Mt Direction, Paling track, over to Pipers river road and into Bridport for lunch. Decided to ride back via Lillydale, Mt Direction, stopping at Exeter for a fuel topup, and home on the Frankford.
Mystery ride 26/8/18
With the weather looking a bit better than previous Sundays,decided to go on this ride, along with Ian, Colin, Lutz and Rod.We rode here, there, and everywhere.
Evandale Pub Ride 8/7/18
Just Russell, Ian and myself on this cold morning which turned into a brilliant sunny winters day. Straight down the frankford hwy for a warm drink at Exeter bakery, then it was rosevears and legana, through lonny and out to Evandale where the pub was packed so around the corner to the bakery. We made the mistake of saying we were eating in and the bakery thinks they are in Melbourne, so at least 30 mins later we get served our pies on a plate with a bit of rabbitt food. $14 for a pie and bottle of iced choc , unbelievable. Wind was picking up so straight up the hwy to home.
Woolnorth ride 1/7/18
Only Russell and I turned up for this one. Weather was good when we left Burnie, but rode through a short shower on our way to Detention River shop. Foggo or Bob weren't there, so after consuming a couple of dimsims,and looking at the weather forecast for this area, decided to ride back home. One of the shortest rides we've done, but enjoyable anyway.
Westbury for lunch 24/6/2018
Greg, Russell, Lyn, Ian and myself turned up for a magnificent winters day ride. Ian was on board his new spyder and pleased to be out on the road again. We headed to Spreyton onto sheffield rd to Sheffield, then over the Gog into Mole Ck for a leg stretch. Then it was out to South Mole CK, Meander, Golden valley, Bogans gap, Osmaston and to Andys for a lunch. After a feed Ian decided not to push things on the new toy and headed straight home while the four of us left went through Carrick, then turned off and dodged through Rosevale, Bridgenorth, Legana to Exeter. We then went Flowery Gully, Holwell and the Frankford hwy to the Cherry shed where we said our goodbyes.
Weymouth BBQ ride 6/5/2018
Greg, Cheryl, Mark, Colin, John F & son Mark fronted for this ride. Weather forecast was mostly fine, a bit windy,with the possibility of a few showers. Rode down the Frankford road, Howell, Beaconsfield, stopping at the Sidmouth shop, but found that it's not open on Sunday anymore. Desperately needed coffees, so rode into Georgetown to a cafe to quench our thirst. Then headed down the Bridport road, turning off onto the road to Weymouth. Had our byo/bbq lunches at the little park area there. Afterwards rode up Turners Marsh road, Lillydale road, then down the East Tamar highway to Exeter Bakery for final coffee and snacks. Home via Frankford road.
Tarkine loop road 19/4/2018
Greg, Cheryl, Russell, John F & son Mark, MikeV, Lyn &George (good to see him on the bike again )left Burnie, riding to Detention River shop, where Bob and Foggo were waiting. Then into Smithton for a fuel topup, before riding down to Arthur River shop for lunch. Afterwards rode the entire Tarkine loop, making our final stop back at Detention, then home. Weather was perfect, roads a little damp in places,but overall an excellent ride (around 400 klms )for some of us. Thanks to those who participated, making it a great day.
Exeter for lunch 22/4/18
Greg, Cheryl, Russell, Mark, Lyn, Robbie, John F & son (Mark )turned up for this ride. Finally, perfect weather for a Sunday, so we rode a fair few back roads, making our first legstretch at Sheffield. Then Stoodley, Bridal Track, Elizabeth Town, out onto Highway, Westbury, Birralee road, Rosevale, Bridgenorth,and into the Exeter Bakery for lunch. Afterwards rode back via Flowery gully, Beaconsfield, Howell, Frankford. Thanks to all participants for your company.
Someone got a new toy
Mole Creek ride 11/2/18
7 riders left Devonport for this one, turning right and out to Forth before turning towards wilmot for a leg stretch at Moina. Ian left us at Paloona as he was recovering from dental surgery and wasnt up for a big day. The remaining six went down over Cethana and over Round Mt to the Mole ck pub for some lovely pies and a cold drink. After lunch was a mish-mash of back roads in Caveside, Meander, Osmaston, Exton, Deloraine, Weegeena and Merseylea winding up at the cherry shed for an ice-cream. Great ride with great company.
Leven Canyon BBQ ride 14/1/18
8 riders fronted for this one. Sheffield for our first stop via numerous back roads. Then to Leven Canyon via numerous back roads. Then over to South Riana ,and home. Short, but enjoyable ride.
Wednesday ride 10/1/18
Ride report thanks to TazMania......It appears the midweek riders are trying to break attendance records.....well done, but it seems they get lost just as easy on a work day as the weekend crew.
Well, I'm not sure what to say about this weeks sunny mid-week ride, each time I took a photo two more bikes would arrive, there were eventually a total of 220 bikes... Okay then .. there were 22 bikes including two awesome Honda VFR anniversary editions .. At 11am we all left Ulverstone heading for Georgetown for lunch, and then that's when the fun started. Eventually 13 bikes arrived at Georgetown all seemingly going via a different route covering every possible combination of roads between the two towns , no-one is quite sure what happened to the other 9 bikes, they may well still be out there corner marking somewhere. I think this must be a record for the number of bikes lost during one run, I ended up doing 336km for the day I'm sure others did twice that.
Longford ride 7/1/18
Greg, Cheryl, Ian, Russell,Lin and myself were greeted with a lovely day for riding so we headed through Spreyton, Railton, Sunnyside and Weegeena into Deloraine for a leg stretch. Then it was Porters Rd to Exton, right to Osmaston, Glenore Bracknell and Bishopbourne before a lovely lunch at JJs bakery where the warm weather had us all reaching for iced coffees. After lunch we took Pateena rd to Travellers rest then thru rosevale, Bridgenorth and into Exeter for a quick stop. The plan was Flowery Gully and then Holwell to Frankford for a quick squirt home.Ians wrist was misbehaving so after Flowery Gully he went right back to Exeter and straight down the Frankford Hwy so as not to aggravate it. Surprisingly when we stopped at the East Dev roundabout to say our goodbyes Ian was right behind us. A great days ride.
Hellyer Gorge ride 31/12/17
Greg, Mark, John F&son (Mark ),Robert from Port Sorell,Russell &Stewart /Michelle fronted for this, our final ride for 2017.Weather was ok when we left Burnie, but rode through a few short showers on our way through the Gorge, stopping at Waratah roadhouse for coffee and snacks. Afterwards, Stewart /Michelle decided they would ride back via Cradle link road, while the rest of us decided to head back to the coast in search of better weather.We rode back to Hampshire, did the Tewksbury loop, stopping for lunch at Highclere road house .As the weather was much better, we rode back down the highway, turning off onto South Riana road, Gunns Plains, Preston, Wilsonia road, Isandula &then home. Iffy day weatherwise but all enjoyed the ride.
Prostate cancer ride 15/10/2017
Hooray ! a fantastic weather day for a change. 15 bikes fronted for this ride. Rode straight down highway, meeting with the Tourers at Longford for coffee and snacks. With the 14 of them we were very happy with the numbers. Rode up Poatina ,past Arthurs lake and into the Great Lake pub carpark. Upon arrival, there were a lot of Harley Davidsons (on a group run )plus quite a few trailer boats, no point waiting forever for lunch, so decided to ride back to Deloraine. After drinks and food, a few decided to ride back via Mole Creek, the Gog and have final snacks and ice creams at Sheffield before heading home. Thanks to all participants and the donations.
Bridport fish and chips 1/10/2017
Greg, Cheryl, Colin and Mike V fronted for this ride. Weather was fine for a change, so we rode down the Frankford road, over Howell, stopping at Sidmouth shop for coffee and snacks. Then rode past Bell Bay, turning off onto the road to Bridport. Parked outside the top fish and chip shop (as i knew the Tourers favoured this one )and as we were waiting for our orders, about 10 tourers arrived.( We are trying to coordinate our rides more so we get to know them better )After much catching up and chatting, northwest crew decided to ride back via Scottsdale, Lillydale, Lalla,Mt Direction and into Exeter for final coffee and snacks at the Bert Munro cafe for a change. After fuel topup ,rode home down the Frankford.
Wynyard back roads 17/09/2017
Only Greg, Cheryl, Ian and John L turned up for this ride. Weather was fine but cool. Decided to change from Wynyard area to West Pine,Riana, Natone, Upper Stowport, Ridgley, stopping at Highclere shop for coffee and snacks. John left us there, with the rest of us riding around the Tewksbury loop road, Upper Natone, and into South Riana, where Ian left as well. Cheryl and I decided to ride down to Wings wildlife park for lunch, and afterwards rode home via Preston, Sprent and Kindred.
Memorial ride 10/09/2017
Excellent turnup of 12 bikes left Devonport, riding down the highway to meet the Tourers at Longford this time, as there were road works from Perth to past Symmons Plains, they said it was best to avoid that part of the highway. About 20 Tourers fronted, so we rode down the Mt Joy road to Campbelltown for coffee and snacks. Then rode over Lake Leake and into Swansea, meeting with the Hobart branch. After a short service by yours truly, most Northwesters and a few Northerners decided to ride back via Bicheno, Elephant Pass, St Marys, Fingal, Avoca, stopping at Epping Forest for a break. Cheryl and I clocked up 558 klms for the day. Decent day for a change ,and fantastic roads wherever we went. Thanks to those who participated in remembering our fellow Ulyssians who have " ridden on " .
Carrick pub lunch ride 27/8/17
Cool, calm,fine winters day for a change, with Greg, Cheryl, Russell, Ian, Ewald & John F turning up. Lutz was meant to be ride leader, but he's in Queensland. Decided to ride to Deloraine via Spreyton, Railton, Sunnyside, Kimberly, Weegena, Red Hills for coffee and snacks. Afterwards, rode around the loop road to Exton, Westbury ,to Carrick pub, and had lunch at the attached cafe .Rode back via Westwood, Selbourne, Birralee, Frankford road.
Tamar valley ride 9/7/2017
A very average day, but still 5 hardy souls went a-ridin. Myself, colin, mike, lutz and peter headed up the Frankford hwy turning at the Glengarry shop through flowery gully, beaconsfield, beauty pt, rowella and gravelly beach area before stopping at exeter bakery for some lovely hot coffee and pastries to warm us up. After lunch we went to legana then followed bridgenorth road through rosevale and past quamby golf course to hagley. The plan was to do some back roads around westbury and deloraine, however it had gotten very foggy and misty, not to mention cold so we headed up the hwy to elizabeth town roadhouse for some fuel. The sun was shining so we decided to shoot up the hwy for coffee to finish the day at the berry patch.
R.C Shayne R
Woolnorth wind farm ride 2/7/2017
Good weather greeted an excellent turnup of 10 riders, which included Greg, Cheryl, Ewald, Mark, Lutz, Colin ×2,Rod,Shayne and new member Jim on his brand new, one day old, latest model Vstrom 650.
Round mountain ride 4/6/2017
8 riders fronted for a chilly but excellent days ride. We left Spreyton via sheffield rd and went through acacia hills, nook , lower barrington and staverton and then turned onto the mountain for a very spirited run over the hill and down into the mersey valley for a leg stretch at mole ck. As it was only 11:30 i decided to go south mole ck, caveside and western ck on the way to meander and into deloraine for lunch. After fuelling our bodies we toured quamby brook, osmaston, whitemore and biralee to the frankford hwy where we headed to wesley vale to say goodbye and get home for a nice hot drink. Another great day in the saddle.
RC Shayne Robertson
Tewksbury ride 28/5/2017
Weather forecast wasn't looking good, but I decided to ride down to Burnie to see if anyone turned up. I was just about to go on a shorter ride by myself, then David from Devonport arrived. He was keen, so I decided to follow my initial ride route, going up Stowport road, Natone, Hampshire, Tewksbury loop road, Highclere, Ridgley, Burnie, stopping for lunch at Crustys Bakery .Never got wet,but with ominous clouds looming, decided to call it quits.
Beauty Pt ride 30/4/2017
Well, a few of us had the electrical gremlins attack today, first with Cheryls bike even before we left the driveway, it started, then died, wouldnt restart, so back into the shed it went. Then at Homemakers, Shaynes bike had battery dramas and was dead also. As Shayne was out of action , Greg led Les,David C, Colin and Stewart /Michelle to Deloraine via Spreyton, Railton, Sunnyside, Elizabeth Town for morning coffee stop. Upon arrival there, I informed David that his headlight had died, luckily it was only low beam that had blown .Then rode around the loop road to Exton, Westbury, Rosevale,Legana, Exeter, and into Beauty Point fish and chips shop for lunch. Rode back via Howell, Frankford road.
Promised Land and Wilmot ride 16/04/2017
After last weeks ride was abandoned due to very inclement weather, it was good to get back on the bike for this one. Greg, Russell, Lutz & possible new member Scott headed out to Spreyton, Kelsey Tier, Buster Hill, Paloona, down Don hill, Nook &into Sheffield for morning snacks. Then rode up to West Kentish,Staverton,Promised Land, Cethana, Wilmot, Spellmans bridge, Castra,Gunns Plains, stopping for lunch at South Riana shop for a change. Then around some back roads near Riana, Natone and Penguin, where we said our goodbyes. Happy Easter.
Cradle link Rd to Waratah lunch ride 19/03/2017
Greg, Cheryl, Russell, Ian, Shayne, Bruce, Les &Colin fronted for this ride. Great weather forecast, so we rode out around Forthside, Melrose, Paloona, up Gentle Annie hill, stopping at Wilmot for coffee and legstretch. Then up to Moina ,onto Cradle road, link road to Murchison Highway &into Waratah Roadhouse for lunch. The road to Savage River was irresistible, so we decided to ride it while we were down that way. Made our way back via Hellyer Gorge, Yolla,Burnie, highway to home.
Tullah lunch ride 5/3/2017
Greg, Cheryl, Ewald, Ian and Geoff turned up for this longish ride. Weather was perfect (where were you all? )Rode down through Hellyer Gorge, making our first stop at Waratah roadhouse, where Ewald noticed his back brake pads where worn through to the disc,so he decided to ride back. Geoff decided to leave us (aches and pains )at Tullah, so with only 3 of us left, we rode around the Reese dam road to Zeehan where we had lunch. For the ride home, we went over the Cradle link road, Wilmot and home. Another great ride
Royal George ride 26/2/2017
Excellent weather saw 9 bikes turnup for the ride. Left Devonport, riding down Bass Highway to Perth Roadhouse for morning snacks. Then down to Avoca, turning onto Royal George road (most riders had never been there before ).Its bitumen for about 20 klms then turns to gravel; at which point we turned around and headed back to Avoca, onto Fingal, then around the Rossarden loop road and back into Avoca for lunch and refuel. Rode back down Bass Highway to ETC for afternoon legstretch and then home. It turned out to be quite an adventurous ride!
With the weather forecast iffy to say the least I didn’t expect anyone to roll up but when I arrived, there was Shayne, Lutz and Dave E waiting to see if I rolled up.
Sidling ride 5/2/2017
Greg, Cheryl, Rob,Lutz, Lyn & MikeV turned up for this one. Weather was a bit iffy with a few showers forecast but everyone was keen ,so decided to make a run up the highway, stopping at Andys for drinks and snacks. Got a little bit wet getting there but nothing a coffee didn't fix.Lyn didn't have any waterproofs ,so decided to ride back down the Frankford to home. As the weather was clearing,the rest of us decided to carry on with the ride, going through Launceston ,onto Tasman highway, over the Sidling and into Scottsdale for lunch. Afterwards we rode back via Lillydale, Mt Direction, Exeter, Frankford. Only got a little bit more weather on the way back, but overall we were pretty lucky.
Stanley fish and chips ride 29/1/2017
Excellent turn-up of 13 bikes left Burnie riding down the highway to Detention River shop where Bob and Foggo were waiting. After snacks and drinks we headed up to Trowutta ,around the tarkine loop road, over Kununnah bridge, and into Stanley minimart for our fish and chips for a change. Flake was very good, chips excellent. The staff were flat out cooking all our orders but did a good job. Back to Detention for a refuel and home.
New years day ride report 1/1/2017
Owing to a slight hiccup with the 3 monthly ride calendar not being available, Ian sent out Januarys rides via email so we could get the ball rolling. Greg, Cheryl & John F fronted for the first ride of the new year. The new Homemakers departure point is a great idea as its a lot easier to get in and out of. Rode through Spreyton, up Railton road ,Kimberly, stopping at ETC for lunch. Then around Weetah road, Deloraine, back roads to Mole Creek, Olivers road, Cethana,Wilmot, Spellmans bridge, Sprent,Ulverstone and home.Overcast weather, but perfect for riding. Happy New Year to you all and see you on a ride soon.
Photos and captions courtesy Mark Medwin
The Greg Elson hand pizza didn't sell well Brrrrr lets not go to the great lakes pleeeeeease