|Fitz's Hill Run and BBQ|
|Sunday, 11 October 2015|
Hill Run to Orroral Valley by Allan Boyd
It was a full day for Chris and me as we left home at 8.15am to join my daughter for her 40th birthday breakfast. After eating delicious crepes cooked by a French lass (very appropriate), we rode to the Spanish Club for the start of the ride.
Dave was there with his “baby” his Honda 1000 on club plates and brought along his son Izaq for a Sunday ride. Chris brought out her Suzuki because it was gathering dust in the far corners of the garage. Although the numbers were down, everyone there milled around and had a chat before gloves and helmets went on for the ride.
The weather was kind to us, cool and clear, and we left on time for a great ride into the mountains. The ride out along the Monaro Highway, then via Lanyon through Tharwa, along the Naas Road over Fitz's Hill onto the Orroral Road to the site of the former Orroral Valley Tracking Station was very enjoyable. There was little other traffic on the roads after Namadgi Visitor Centre that makes for good riding conditions along the curves and bends and hills! However, a sharp eye was needed to look out for kangaroos on the Orroral Road section because they try to make “road kill” out of motorcyclists.
On arrival Stan Perry and Len Skipper had hot water for a much needed cuppa and wonderful early lunch of sausages, rissoles, bacon and onions on the bbq. A variety of breads were available to eat this delicious food selection. Choc chip biscuits rounded out the meal. Thank you Stan and Len. A few walkers were milling around the carpark, and as there was plenty of food, they were offered a sausage sandwich that was accepted with gratitude. Stew Ross arrived last, as he was the capable back-up vehicle driver, and he had no customers at this point in time.
The former Tracking Stations now offers picnic facilities, signage for those interested in the layout of the tracking station and other information about its history, and clean toilet facilities. It is a bitumen road in and sealed parking facilities with wide grassy areas on which to picnic.
Chris and I were some of the first to leave as I wanted to get back home asap to watch the Bathurst 1000 on TV. The clouds were starting to darken overhead, but we had a good ride home with no rain.
Events organiser, Phil, was not present, so Lisa stepped in and capably undertook the role. Many thanks Lisa. Craig wore his camera-mounted helmet.
Thank you to all involved; a great ride in perfect motorcycling weather.
|Dave Clifton||Harely Davidson DL||1929|
|Rob Harris||Indian Chief||1950|
|Allan Boyd||BSA A10||1957|
|Greg Dahlitz||BMW R75-5||1970|
|Chris Young||BMW R75-5||1971|
|Peter Byatt||Norton Commando||1971|
|John Pugh||BSA B50SS||1971|
|Phil Donges||Norton Commando||1972|
|Gordon McMenemy||Honda CBX1000||1979|
|Bill Dobie||Kawasaki ZIRII||1979|
|Rob Martin||Harely Davidson Shovel||1979|
|Craig Mill||Suzuki DR600||1980|
|Lisa Mill||Kawasaki Z500||1980|
|Ralph Knees||Yamaha XV1000||1984|
|Dave Phillis||Honda VF1000||1985|
|Joshua Knees||Yamaha XV535||1994|
|Mark Cumberland||Yamaha TRX550||1998|
|Rick Costan||Ducati Monster||2000|
|Max Fielding||BMW F650CS||2003|
|Michael Kitic||Suzuki Bandit||2003|
|Chris Hillbrick-Boyd||Suzuki VL250||2013|
|Stew Ross||Back Up|