HOG Newsletter Jan-Feb 2011Web.cdr by liuhongmei


              Proudly Sponsored by North Coast V-Twins

                   Issue 172 - January / February 2011

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    Great support for a worthy cause!!!
         New Committee Members with Kim Williams from HOG Aust. Absent Peter Clements

DIRECTOR                              Fred Payne          Mob: 0412132430
                                                          Email: effjayp1@bigpond.com
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR                    Bryan Felton        Mob: 0418437688
                                                          Email: bfindustries@bigpond.com.au
SECRETARY/TREASURER                   Julie Tudhope       Mob: 0412523030
                                                          Email: jtudhope@tpg.com.au

ACTIVITIES OFFICER (NORTH)            Maria Felton        Mob: 0403338848
                                                          Email: lanai@bigpond.net.au
ACTIVITIES OFFICER (SOUTH)            John Tudhope        Mob: 0412823030
                                                          Email: jtudhope@tpg.com.au
ASSIST ACTIVITIES OFFICER             Jayne Wright        Mob: 0424288091
                                                          Email: philjayne5nov@hotmail.com
EDITOR                                Nigel Lovett        Mob: 0407592184
                                                          Email: phoenixdpb@bigpond.com
WEB MASTER                            Maria Felton        Mob: 0403338848
                                                          Email: lanai@bigpond.net.au
LADIES OF HARLEY                      Jodi Foran          Mob: 0412826582
                                                          Email: jodiforan@live.com
ROAD CAPTAIN (NORTH)                  Peter Clements      Mob: 0438897088
ROAD CAPTAIN (SOUTH)                  Chris Murphy        Mob: 0414807979
                                                          Email: Murphy.heather@bigpond.com
ASSISTANT ROAD CAPTAIN                Phil Wright         Mob: 0402093802
                                                          Email: philjayne5nov@hotmail.com
SAFETY OFFICER                        Peter Clements      Mob: 0438897088
            RIDE CALENDAR 2011

Sun 16th Jan-Combined RIDE to Mylestom
And Committee Meeting - SEE FLYER
Leave Port Donut 9.30am, Kempsey 10.15am, Coffs 10.30am, Grafton 9.30am
Sun 30th Jan-SOUTHERN RIDE – Nelson Bay – Lunch
Leave Port Donut 9.00am, Kew 9.30am, Taree 10.00am

Sun 6th Feb -NORTHERN RIDE – Rappville – SEE FLYER
Leave Coffs 10.00am, Grafton 11.15am
Sun 13th - SOUTHERN RIDE - Diamond Beach then back to Dunbogan
BBQ Lunch – Details to be advised
Leave Port Donut 9.00am, Kew 9.30am, Taree 10.00am
Sun 27th - NORTHERN RIDE to YAMBA for lunch – SEE FLYER
Leave Coffs 9.00am, Grafton 10.15am

MARCH 2011
5th-6th Windsor – overnight with details to be advised
Registration - Port Donut 9.30am for a 10.00am departure
Sun 27th - NORTHERN RIDE – Rathdowney QLD via Lyons Way
Overnight stay at Rathdowney – details to be advised

APRIL 2011
Sun 3rd - SOUTHERN RIDE to Stroud
Leave Port Donut 9.30am, Kew 10.00am, Taree 10.30am
Sun 10th - NORTHERN RIDE – Evans Head with BBQ lunch for Financial HOG MEMBERS

Details to be advised
Sun 17th - SOUTHERN MYSTERY RIDE – and State Rally chat
Leave Port Donut 10.30am
Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon - STATE RALLY - Newcastle – DON'T MISS OUT
22nd to 25th SEE FLYER for details

MAY 2011
Sun 1st - SOUTHERN RIDE – Bellbrook - lunch at the Bellbrook Pub
Details to be advised
Sun 15th - SOUTHERN RIDE – Hawks Nest - Lunch
Leave Port Donut 10.00am, Kew 10.30am, Taree 11.00am
Sun 22nd - NORTHERN RIDE – Bangalow Markets
Details to be advised
             RIDE CALENDAR 2011

MAY 2011 - Con’t
Sun 29th - COMBINED RIDE – Sawtell – LUNCH and Committee Meeting
Details to be advised

JUNE 2011
To be advised
Sun 19th - NORTHERN RIDE – Copmanhurst – BBQ Lunch
Sat 25th - LOH Wine Tour – Details to be advised
Sun 26th - SOUTHERN RIDE – Macksville – Star Hotel for lunch

JULY 2011
Sat 3rd - NORTHERN RIDE – GLENREAGH – Golden Dog for lunch
Sun 10th - SOUTHERN RIDE – Gladstone - To be advised
Sun 16th/17th - XMAS in July – PROPOSED DATES
Sat 24th Jan- XMAS in July

Sun 7th - AGM – Urunga
Sun 14th- ANNUAL CHAPTER POKER RUN – Camp Quality
Sun 21st - SOUTHERN RIDE Cowarra Dam – BBQ LUNCH

Fri-Sun 4th -6th Feb - TAS STATE RALLY – Scamander
Fri –Sat 18th-19th Feb - 21st NZ Rally – Raglan

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                     Relax and explore
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I start this report off on a sad note advising of the passing of a much loved member of our
Chapter, Sharon Hunter. For those that may not have known Sharon, she and husband Iian
have been loyal and supportive members of our Chapter for a number of years with Iian
being a recent Director of this Chapter. Sharon will be sadly missed and on behalf of all
members I would offer my condolences to Iian and his family.

Well another year gone and now into the year 2011. I hope everyone had a wonderful
Christmas and survived New Year celebrations.

Our Road Captains and Activities Officers have been working on the ride calender for 2011
and I am told that it should be in this current newsletter or you will receive a copy very shortly.

Regarding the State Rally in Newcastle next Easter the organizing committee have asked that
anyone intending to go to the event to please send in the Registration Form by the end of
January. I know that many have made deposits for accommodation, however it is each
members individual responsibility to organize their own registration.
The site for downloading the registration form is www.broadmeadowhog.com .

Hey its great to see Laing and Brad getting around on their brand new 2011 Road Kings.
Have fun guys.

Well thats all from me and I look forward to catching up with everyone on a ride in 2011.

Safe Riding



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  Nymboida Ride

  What a great ride. Maria and I turned up in Grafton to find five bikes waiting to roll. Clemo &
  Louise, Annie, Nick, Nina, and John. We had a good ride to Coffs the back way through Nana Glen.
  We arrived in Coffs with another 5 bikes ready to go. Deb & Mick, Alan, Larry, Craig & Cathy, Adam
  & Giz. Clemo was our Road Captain and myself as tail end Charlie.

  Clemo did a great job up front with our first stop at Dorrigo for hot coffee and ice cream for Deb and
  myself. A few of us had a quick look at the bike museum and we then headed off to Nymboida. The
  road conditions were a bit bumpy after all the rain but we had a good ride down the mountain
  range. A band was playing at Nymboida coaching station and we all had a relaxing afternoon with
  lunch and great company.

  South Toy Run

  Leave time was 8:00am on Saturday morning and the weather was looking rather grim. Larry with
  his skate board in a back pack and no wet weather gear (a brave man). Craig and Bonnie, Tim,
  Maria and myself all headed off. Mick & Deb were unable to make it however thanks to them for
  their great hospitality the night before! Deb’s weather prediction on leaving was light rain. Yeh
  right Deb!!! By Urunga Larry was wet through and Craig’s bike was chocking on water. By the time
  we got to Kempsey for a well deserved coffee stop the sun was shinning and Larry was drying out.

  We joined the 300 plus riders at Laurieton and what a fantastic Toy Run. Fred and all his helpers did
  a great job, it was extremely well organized and a great ride.

  Cutie and Heather extended their hospitality to the Northern’s to stay overnight at their house.
  Thankyou !!!! . Fred & Alison and Mark & Ros, Phil & Jayne also joined us for dinner. We had a
  fantastic night with plenty of food, drink and good company which kept everyone going to the wee
  hours of the morning.

  Our trip home on Sunday we were joined by 15 bikes from the South who escorted us to Sawtell for
  lunch. This was a great ride home and appreciated by us Northern’s.

  HOG Xmas Party

  It was great to see so many members at the Xmas Party. We had driven back from Brisbane to make
  the night and so pleased we did – it was won of the best nights we have had with HOG. Big
  THANKYOU to Julie and the Hoggies that helped organize the night. You guys did a fantastic job!!!!

  Northern Toy Run

  My apologises to HOG for not making this event. Maria and myself had made prior commitments six
  months previous and were in Queensland. Thanks to Col who organized the event.

  Hope you all had an awesome Christmas and here is to a Fantastic New Year!!!

  See you all soon, ride safe and upright.

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Hello Hoggies and Hoggetts,

Happy New Year to you all. Another year has just begun and I hope you are all fired up and
ready to Ride and have Fun!
As the HOG Chapter has been quiet on events, due to Christmas and school holidays this report
will be short and sweet.

To business...
During October we had a raffle on the Demo Day at V-Twins which raised $227.00. Another
raffle at the Christmas Party in Bellingen raised $240.00

Finances: Main account - Balance @ 31/12/2010 $4579.65, less outstanding cheques $125
which will leave a balance of $4454.65.

 Camp Quality account – Balance @ 31/12/2010 $203.67
Income has been generated by new Memberships and renewal of Memberships, and raffle
 money. Expenses have been for printing of Newsletter, stationary items, postage and Burst SMS.

The NSW STATE RALLY April 2011 in Newcastle is fast approaching with
Early Bird Registration closing on 30th January 2011. Final Registrations
will close 28th February 2011.

We have organised accommodation and if you are interested in coming a
deposit can be made to secure your room.
Details in the NSW State Rally flyer.

I look forward to seeing you all on our next ride, keep those
wheels movin'. Julie Tudhope Secretary/Treasurer
                  Mid North Coast NSW HOG Chapter

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Editors Blurb

    Hi Hoggies,

    Firstly I would like to send my condolences to IIan Hunter and his family at the loss of Sharon.
    I know she fought the good fight and will be greatly missed.
    A big thank you to those who attended her funeral to pay their last respects.

    R.I.P Shazz


    I would like to wish everybody a very happy new year.
    Christmas has come and gone and even though the weather was a bit of a pain I'm sure we all
    managed some Chrissy cheer one way or another.
    There has been quite a few activities and rides leading into the Holiday season, as you would have
    seen in the past ride sections of this publication, with the Christmas party being a standout.
    I hope all have had a good time and look forward to the year ahead .
    I need to let people know that with the photos I recieve I cannot insert them all.
    If your picture has not been included I'm sorry.
    If you have anything that you would like put in the newsletter, whether it be a road story, advert,
    or opinion let me have it as this is your way to voice what you need to say within the club.
    Thank for all the articles and pic's
    Ride with care and be careful on wet roads.
    Until next time,

    Stay safe and happy


                  Why is the name "HOG" associated with motorcycles?

                   What company did Harley Davidson merge with in 1969?

  What saloon in Sturgis, SD has part of the name of a Harley Davidson engine as its name?

    When riders are discussing Harley Davidson Motorcycles what does "Flathead" refer to?

                  What does the designation of "B" stand for on the engine type?
                  For example a 2000 softail engine would be a Twin Cam 88B.

What motorcycle has a fairing that is attached to the frame and doesn't turn with the front forks?

                             Answers in next issue
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Hello HOGS and welcome to the New Year!
As you may have heard our Xmas Party in Bellengen was a great success.
I would like to thank those who attended and helped make it an unbelievably successful night to
finish off the 2010 HOG year.
We have had amazing feedback on what a wonderful night members had. I think this is a
culmination of the year that has passed and also due to the growth that the Mid North Coast
Chapter of HOG has experienced.
I would like to thank, all those involved in organising the day, preparation in wrapping the Xris
Xringles and setting up at Diggers. Any event we hold is only as good as the input from the
members, so this is a BIG than kyou to those who assisted, who were involved in anyway and who
just had a damn good time!
Thank you also goes to those members who travelled to attend the event from as far away as
Brisbane in the North to Gloucester in the South.
My only regret was that the morning after I did not get the chance to catch up with everybody to
say good-bye, never mind I will catch up with you all in the New Year.
AS Activities Officer I am looking forward to another sensational year. I would invite you all to
contribute to the running of our Chapter.
If you have a special place for a ride, an event or stay over you would like to do, let me know and
we will see if we can organise your suggestion into the Ride Calendar. Always open for new
This is especially true for the Ladies of Harley, your input is most valued, so I am asking for imput
for ride outings for the Ladies of Harley. Where would you like to ride to? Would you be interested in
a Movie Night or more social get togethers? Jodi Foran and Maria Felton are your ‘Ladies of Harley’
Committee Members, I would urge you to contact them and discuss any ideas you have.
Looking forward to 2011 – its not always the ride but the journey and friends you make on the way
that make great memories.
Thankyou for your ongoing support.


Northern Ride - Rappville Hotel
Sunday 6th February, 2011
  Departure:10:00 Coffs Harbour
        11:15 Grafton
     Contact: Clemo 0438 897 088
         For more information
   Departing Coffs at 10:00 riding the back way to Grafton through Nana Glen,
   Copmanhurst and meeting at the United Service Station at South Grafton on the
   Highway at 11:15am.

   We will then take the scenic route through Grafton onto Lawrence cutting through
   Pringles Way onto Summerland Way. Rappville is approximately a further 40
   minutes along the Summerland Way.

   Lunch at the Rappville Hotel around 12:30pm.

Northern Ride to Yamba
Sunday 27th February, 2011
    Depart Coffs at 9:00am
   Pickup Grafton at 10:15am
 Walk around the markets at Yamba, grab
a coffee, then onto lunch at the newly
renovated Yamba Shores Tavern
overlooking the beautiful Clarence river.

Scenic Ride home turning off at Tyndale                          Contact
and meeting back on the Highway South
of Grafton                                                Clemo 0438 897 088
                                                          Bryan 0418 437 688

                                           COMBINED RIDE TO
Sunday 16th Jan 2011

                              This is a combined ride with
                              North and South meeting for
                              lunch in Mylestom.
                              A short Committee Meeting will
                              be held over lunch for Committee
                              ALL WELCOME
          M y l e s to m

 Depart: Port/Donut 10.00am
         Pickup Kempsey 10.15am
         Coffs Harbour 10.30am
        Grafton 9.30am

  If you require further information please contact   IF INCLEMENT WEATHER
   JOHN TUDHOPE² Activities Officer South             YOU WILL RECEIVE AN
                                                      SMS MESSAGE ADVISING
    0412 82 3030 or jtudhope@tpg.com.au
                                                      OF ANY CHANGES.
       In Memory

   Sharon Hunter
Dedicated MNC HOG member

 She now rides with Angles


               Annual Pink Ribbon Ride to Long Flat.
PAST RIDES                          Southern TOY RUN 20th Nov 2010

                                                                     Laurieton NSW
   Hey I don't think I'm quite on the bike yet guys.
Don't you be saying its my fat ass now I'm just cuddly!

             High Street Wauchope                              Which way do we go????

                                                          Uturn and Joanne Cook hard at work selling
 Ron Foran with local 'pollie' Lesley Williams.
                                                                patches, with help from Choof.
      PAST RIDES                  Southern TOY RUN 20th Nov 2010

       Hey Santa,
What Ya got in that sack???         Roz Madden and 'friend'      Hey Santa this is the one I want!

Members from North Craig, Bonnie and mate with local
                    identity YT.

                                                                Santa ready to rumble…

                                                       Toy Run finished at Westport Bowling Club.
                                                        A superb backdrop to another great event
                                                              and fundraiser 2010 Toy Run
                                             HOG Christmas Party
                                             Bellingen 4th Dec 2010

Cutie the MC for the night. Well done mate    Soooo Santa what do you want for Christmas???

             Ron, Deb and Phil

                                                                Pete and Ange
            Col, Bob and Cath
                                             HOG Christmas Party
                                             Bellingen 4th Dec 2010

            Mat and Claudia                                  Tuck In

A memento to say thank you to Ash and Fred

                                               John (Mr Blue Brothers' Smooth) and Jodi

       Its me, Its me, I won! Iwon!
                                                          Col, Bob and Cath
                                  HOG Christmas Party
                                  Bellingen 4th Dec 2010

I saw Mummy kissing Santa Claus           Yes we know..It's all about you… CN

                                  We came, we saw, we laughed, we danced, we meet new
Dave (who else?) Deb and Di
                                   friends, we may have drank too much but we laughed
                                        and had fun. Merry Christmas to all Hoggies.
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The day could not have dawned more perfect for day 1 of our big adventure to Darwin.
14 Bikes arrived at Mobil Whimpy to head over the mountain.
6 of these bikes rode out with us, but turned around at Ebor, and after a stop in the village, 3 of the others, Craig
Coombes, (Dudley) Peter Gough (Goughy) and Phil Semmens, headed off on their way to Darwin via the North
Western route, Moree, St. George, Cloncurry, Mt. Isa to the Three Ways on up to Darwin.
Meanwhile Roger Venimore (Kiwi Roger), Kiwi Andy (Andy Murray) and Gina, Phil and Liz, Xena and Dazza, Bob
and I headed off South West for Gunnedah, our first stop for the night.
Had a good run and everyone pulled up early in the afternoon quite refreshed after only about a 4 hour run. That’s OK
for the first day, to get the bodies, luggage, bikes etc. sorted out. We were staying at the Imperial Hotel in town, but
even though Andy had booked weeks ahead, they were not ready for us to check in, so we settled down and passed a
few jugs around while we waited.
Interesting place, very old, and a bit of a rabbit warren – Kiwi Roger’s room had no door on it !!, but the price was
We pretty much took over the Beer Garden for the night, fairly cold, but the big heaters were going, so kept things
The majority did not have a late one, knowing we were going to be on the road for several hours on Sunday.
475km’s travelled.

Sunday was Mother’s Day, so we all stayed for the Mother’s Day Brekky and got away shortly after this. Cold start,
but clear skies.
Unfortunately, we had our first casuality with Kiwi Roger doing a fork seal, He was able to limp into Coonabarabran
to look at what could be done, if anything.We cleaned him and his bike up, of what seemed like litres of oil all over
him, his bike and his gear. Sadly we were only able to get him to a stage (without causing too much more damage to
the bike) to get him to rellies in Dubbo, and then contact Harley Assis to eventually get him home to Coffs. A
damned shame after all his planning and looking forward to the ride.
Cobar was our stop for the night. A quiet one as the bones were quite weary after the day’s ride. We got a cabin for
the night – was not about to pitch tent! Some did pitch their tents.
495km’s travelled.

In the morning we set off at 7.00am as planned. Those in tents were not leaving until 9.00am so decided to make
Wilcannia for brekky and they would not be far behind us.
Population mainly made up of dogs and aboriginals, who appeared to wander the streets, and simply sit in parks at the
end of the streets watching the world go by. We kept a close eye on the bikes, but rode out of town with all in tact!

Got into Broken Hill around lunch time – found a Ulysses pub for the night in the middle of town and let the others
know where we were when they followed up later on. Pretty skungy digs, but the price was right – Xena and Daz had
no door on their room !! but no different to Roger’s the first night in Gunnedah – can’t imagine how these publicans
get away with selling rooms to the general public –
After lunch we headed out to Silverton – where the Mad Max Movies were made. The set for the movie is still pretty
much in tact, so really interesting – dry and dusty as… but the pub sold a nice wet drink or two. Camels on the way
out there, on the sides of the road. A couple of flea bitten donkeys wandering the Silverton site. Rode back into
Broken Hill to a very very unwelcome ‘welcome’ from the others, because we did not wait for them earlier that
morning!! –
Travelled 457 km’s today

Broken Hill to Port August today – very uncomfortable ride with the Cross Winds – almost take your head off your
Had a look around Port Augusta, but not much to keep us there, so we headed on up to Woomera – very interesting
place – a lot of Americans out here and a large compound – if you can call it that – where all the Servicemen,
Scientists etc. live close to the base. Great park in town with rockets, planes etc. to read about the history. Good
Caravan accommodation, and treated ourselves to a swankey looking pub for a good meal, good drink and even better

Travelled 415kms today

Left Port Augusta today for Coober Pedy.
Had a few interesting incidents along the way, but one in particular, Bob decides to pull over and wait for the others
who were behind us – Lord alone knows why he got in the rough…………and here we go again, that slow mo feeling.
He’s yelling at me to jump off, but doesn’t realise I am all but hanging myself in all the cords of my Bop to the Beat
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gear I was listening to, so on one leg I am balancing, and tugging and pulling to free myself before I ended up under
the bike again …….. Dazza and Xena came upon us and lept off their bike and helped us untangle – thank goodness
for crash bars and got out of this one OK.
What a contrast of scenery – like a moonscape – for miles and miles.
Eventually booked in to Radeka’s Downunder for the night – a Motel underground –
A really interesting town – and a lot of motels and pubs underground – the temps can get up to 45 plus in the summer
The Aboriginals are a huge problem in Coober Pedy – all up and down the streets, with their dogs, kids, and begging
for money and cigarettes etc. very drunk and all quite distressing to think that humans live this way and when you
think about it, should never be allowed or have to live like this. Not sure where they all went at night, but I sure as hell
found out where some of them went early next morning !!! Bob and I got up early to go and post a postcard to Fiona
before we rode out. We were walking down the street and could hear these dogs fighting !! and we knew by the sound
of it quite a few of them, it was still dark, and Bob said, lets cross the street and walk down the other side –
well………….. we got ourselves sorted and headed towards the Post Office, when this voice from the deep yelled out
:: Good Morning:!!!! I yelled and jumped and thought Geez Wayne, where the hell did that come from – there were
some Aboriginal men with only a blanket each, down under the street – it was freezing cold and that is how they
obviously spend their nights – I can tell you we had the cobwebs shaken out of our bodies ……..
Very expensive town for food, drink and fuel.
Did 539 kms today

The 4 of us set off for Yulara ( Ayers Rock/Uluru) today – I cannot tell you how cold it was – I had on layers and
layers and was still having my breath taken away with the cold
I had on a singlet, thermal top, tea shirt, fleecy, bike jacket, and rain coat, stockings, thermals, bike jeans, long boots,
and the only warm part of my body was my tush !!!
A big ride and thought we were never going to get there – Yulara is a couple of hundred ks’s in off the main drag.
We got into Yulara quite late in the arvo, and after taking out a mortage on the bikes !!! finally got accommodation for
a small fortune. We wanted to take a bottle of wine out with us to toast the occasion, but they wanted a fortune for
that as well, so instead got a can of Bundy Rum each !!! not quite as romantic ……
Spent a couple of hours out there and took 57 photos of the rock ( slight exaggeration but …. ) and all the changing of
the colours until too dark so headed back to our digs.
Did 733kms today

Got up early again, taking photos from our camp, and then headed back to the rock for the early morning shots. We
rode around the rock and took a fair bit of footage from the back of the bike.
Alice was going to be our destination today – Bob had made a booking for a couple of new tyres, so we were on a
tight schedule to be there before they closed for the day.
Xena and Dazza scouted around for beds for the night while we waited around for the bike. Stayed in a place called
Heavitree Resort. Great night – met up with a couple from Safety Beach !! also staying there (Matt and Deidre).
Great entertainment and ordered fish and chips and ate them in the paper – that’s how they serve them – Gosh!
Haven’t eaten fish and chips like that since I was in Opunake !! good fun, good company and good night.
Travelled 432 km’s today.

Headed into rain this morning just south of Barrow Creek – damn !! gotta get into that wet weather gear – sooooooo
restricting and uncomfortable, but I guess better than getting wet to the bone – weather warming up a bit now.
Barrow Creek is where Joanne Lees was taken to after her boyfriend Peter Falconio met some sort of horrible fate.
Nothing but a servo for drinks, eats and fuel. Locals all lined up at the shop window – weren’t allowed in because they
had nothing on their feet – so they order from outside!
On to Whycliffe Wells, an interesting little stop. This is where many a UFO has been sighted …or so they tell us.
We pulled up and were stretching the bones out front of the Servo when a car load of locals pulled up. “Hello
Bruddas , Hello sisters !! God Bless you “ says one of the fellows named Ha mish, who was heading in (along with his
5 other mates) to get their supply – the Licencee/Manager of the Servo had their bags of their daily rations, all made
up for them to collect. The car had no windows, no bumpers, so obviously no rego plates, no door handles – hilarious.
Later on when we were ready to saddle up, another car pulled up in the same condition, and the people just kept
getting out of this car, like something you see in the movies – I think we counted 8 and a baby.
Headed into Tennant Creek in the rain, and met up with 4 guys from the Central Coast that we kept meeting up with
along the way. We got the courtesy bus into the local Club for dinner and drinks and being Saturday night, saw the
Warriors have a good win !!
Travelled 508 km’s today.

Got up to the rain again, but there is only one way to get to Darwin – gear up and get on with it !
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Called into Daly Waters Pub on the way to Katherine. What a great place – off the main drag, a couple of Kilometres,
but well worth going in.
Mataranka Thermal springs looked real inviting, but with all the gear – I don’t think so. Too much trouble. Besides, I
have my left leg that is starting look like a draught board !!and cannot fathom where the bruises are coming from.. will
sus this out sooner or later, meanwhile not showing these legs in any swimmers in any springs.
Rained most of the way – getting real warm now, must be heading North eh! Daz?
Found a motel in Katherine a bit out of town – not a good place to stay in town !! a lot of locals out and about – if you
get the drift?
We were able to get some washing done tonight – Yeeh!! Except the washing machine and dryers swallowed our $$$
and had to keep going back to complain to the Landlady from hell - !!! OMG !! a Phillipino lady with a very rich
looking husband – I think you get the picture – there was a restaurant there, so only had to walk across the courtyard
for dinner and drinks. Quite an interesting night – had our meals and went to pay at the end of the evening, and the
young girl behind the bar said we had already paid !! – Bob and Dazza looked at each other – Nup !! neither of them
had paid, Xena and I looked at each other Nup! Neither of us had paid either – but she insisted we had paid, so off we
went and rode out of town the next morning still wondering who had paid ?
Oh! And by the way – found the reason for my bruises…. Bob’s freakin fishing rod – that he absolutely had to take
with us – kept slipping forward from the back – it was under my seat in a length of PVC pipe and everytime we hit a
bump, my leg copped it, but did not really feel it with all the gear on – he is lucky I did not have a shovel, because I
swear I would have dug a hole and buried the darn thing!
Travelled 673 km’s

Getting rid of a layer of 2 now, but of course no where to put the fleecy’s, thermals etc.. … so they end up on the top
of the gear sack with an occy strap.
Called into Katherine Springs this morning, but the same thing – too much gear to take off, and too much gear to be
left on the bikes, which would have been out of sight, so gave it a miss and headed on up Darwin where Dudley and
Pete, were coming down to meet us at Adelaide River and ride into Darwin together.
Not far out of Katherine, we started hearing a very disturbing ‘clunk’ at the back of the bike…like it was bottoming
out. It got worse as we travelled further North, and of course Bob had to hit every godamned pothole and rough
surface along the way.
By the time we got into Adelaide River, it seemed as though our brand new tyre had been torn and we were going to
have to get another one in Darwin –
It was terrific to see the others – had a drink and headed off to the Top End.
Pete had kindly booked us into a cabin at the Caravan Park where they had been for several days –

It was sooooooo hot – 35 degrees at 5pm in the afternoon. After settling in for a wee while, we all headed off to the
pool. What an amazing place. Bob and I are so not water people, but this ended up being something we so looked
forward to every day while we were in Darwin. You could not go over there any earlier than 4pm or so because it
was just too hot.
Great night, great company and good to know we had all made it safely into Darwin.
Next morning we had to take the bike to Northern Territory Motor Cycle Centre, which was just a couple of blocks
away from the Resort – Xena suggested to the Management that they lend Bob and I a bike for the day – which was
organised, while they worked on our bike. We had to have it back by 4pm.
It was a Heritage, and I’m thinking don’t get any ideas Robbity Bob, cause it ain’t gonna happen - !! anyhow, give me
our ‘Black Betty any day.
When we got back they seemed quite happy with their work – had pumped up the Shocks, put on a new tyre and sent
us off a lot lighter in the wallet.

We were all heading off today –We left earlier and we were meeting the others at Adelaide River – that was the plan
Unfortunately the bike was no different, still bottoming out and clunking on every bump or bit of rough.
When the others arrived we had to tell them they would have to carry on without us, because we had a zillion km’s to
cover before we got back to Coffs, so were not prepared to go too far away from professional help until we got it right.
It was really sad saying goodbye to Xena and Daz after travelling so many miles with them, but we had no choice.
Dudley and Pete were with them, so they would all 4 be fine.
So we headed off to Darwin AGAIN!! after seeing them on their way South. Bob got NT Motor Cycles to order new
shocks, but these had to come from Melbourne – and they could not guarantee they would be there on any particular
day – evidently NT stands for Not Today, Not Tomorrow and Not Tuesday or Not Thurday !! – we booked in again to
the Resort, rode into Darwin for the day. – not much use leaving the bike with them, until they get the part, and
Darwin was about 30 odd km’s north.
We rode around the beaches getting the feel of the place.
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There were a lot of bismark Palms (a favourite of ours – we had bought a couple back with us from one of our trips up
to Mackay – and even though they are slow growing, a beautiful palm. Bob decided to stop and see if he could collect
any nuts that may have fallen on the ground to bring home with us, dry out and pot. Well, the Council had obviously
just mown all the ground under the trees, so the only seeds were up in the trees. He came back to the bike and got a
spanner, to throw, yes….. throw up the tree to knock any seeds down. After a while, he came back with a stupid grin
on his face – and I said where is the spanner? He sheepishly said “stuck up the tree” !!!
There was an old jail right outside where we were, and I’m thinking this is where is going to be spending the night at
this rate !! But as if that was not enough, he wanted then to get his telescopic fishing rod off the bike, to try and
retrieve the spanner.
He was told to get on the bike and get out of there and forget the flippin’ spanner.
Headed around the area, and Dudley had suggested we go out to Fanny Bay – A Naval Site with what is left of the
aftermath of the 2nd world war – gun turrets, bunkers etc. A nice ride in along the Ocean. Coming out the rode
divided into two, We were riding along enjoying the scenery, and when I looked back to the front of us, here we are
careering down a saucer drain !!!! BOB !!!!!!! where the hell are we headed? With a lot of swerving and rock n
rolling, we somehow managed to get back up the drain, and back onto our side of the road.

I rang Harley Assist to see if we could claim anything – at least cover the accommodation anyway – which was no
problem – very helpful and took all details for us to make a claim when we got home.
We had booked on the Bus to go into Darwin that night to go to the Mendil Markets. It was going to be another long
hot day.
The pool was another Godsend in the afternoon and could not wait to get into it. Unfortunately, when we got back in
time to get showered and changed for the bus into Darwin, we got a call from Reception to say there had been a huge
storm in Darwin, and the Markets had been cancelled. Bugger
Next morning, Bob wandered back to the Bike Centre, hoping for good news. He got back around 4 with the bike, so
we packed up with the intention of heading off South first thing in the morning.
We left around 7, and got 20ks or so down the rode, and the bike was no different. Turned around AGAIN !!! got
some brekky and rang Garth at V Twins. Who could not suggest anything more for us. NT Motor Cycles were by this
time not even wanting to talk to us (they had been quite happy to take the $$$$$ from us,
Bob, who is ultra tolerant , pretty much lost it in the finish, re-packed everything on the bike, and we were out of
there with the Mechanics, scratching their heads, and if they wanted any more $$$$$ they sure as hell weren’t going to
get any out of us.
Adelaide River again, and this time he was wanting to borrow tools from anyone there who would lend them to pull
the bike apart himself. There were angle grinders, and whatever other power tools, and I’m thinking Bloody Hell, I
hope I do have a seat to ride on by the time he has finished!! It was as hot as hell, (literally !) and poor Bob is working
in the heat of the day, trying to get the problem sorted. The frustrating thing is, it was not mechanical – the bike was
running like a charm, it was the clunking noise and not knowing what it was, we had no idea what it could do long
While we were on the side street working on the bike, Shane Connors – a HOG member from Coffs rode past us
………. Unbelievable – he stopped for a while, and he was on his way to Darwin – just for a ride !!
Onto Daly Waters for the night – eventually – and what a fun night after all the troubles of the past few days. We
booked a cabin across the rode from the Pub, and were well and truly ready for a few sherberts and a good meal, and
fabulous entertainment.
Travelled 590 km’s today

Left Daly Waters around 7 and headed for 3 x Ways, and onto Barcly Station for the night. Arrived around 2.30, so it
was nice to get off and have a clean up and relax before heading up to the Bar. Met a few people and compared travel
Bob had seen one man come back from the bar with this huge, I mean HUGE box. -………..like 2 x litres. He went
over and asked him what it was and the next thing he has one sitting on our table with a look on his face, like the cat
who got the cream!!! He had bought a freakn’ Darwin Stubbie. Where did he think he was going to put this damned
thing on the bike. I could not even fit a tube of toothpaste anywhere we were sooooooooooo packed up. All of a
sudden he was not my best friend anymore that night. But, for any of you who know Bob, he fitted it in, and all the
way down the rode, I am thinking this thing would eventually explode and go right through our clothes and gear sack.
That would be the time I would completely loose it – thank goodness it did make it home, and is still sitting on the
kitchen bench, awaiting the right time to open it with good friends, and share good times.
Travelled 565 km’s

Left Barcly Homestead Roadhouse, and had a good run through to Cloncurry, and then on to Mt. Isa.
We were filling up in a Service Station, and Greg Freeman another ex Coffs HOG member rode in with his son.
Small world. Good to see them.
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Rode on into Camooweal for the night. Got a Motel for the night, fairly basic, but a good meal and always good to get
off the bike.
We spoke with Xena and Dazza . They were in Townsville, and there was talk that we maybe able to catch up with
them, but still a long way to get to the coast. Maybe the days would be too hard and long in the saddle, but will wait
and see what happens.

Travelled 600 km’s

Left Camooweal around 7 and rode through to Julia Creek for brekky. Onto Hughendon for lunch. Stopped at Torrens
Creek for a break and drink.The Publican had seen the boys and Xena the day or 2 before. Very interesting character.
Eventful ride from there. Riding along this country rode, and I caught something out the corner of my eye, and here
are were 11 kangaroos of various sizes running along the fence line beside us. Just as well they were close to the
fence, because there was no way they could jump it from that position. Its always the Kangaroo you don’t see is the
one who collects you!
Brahman Bulls were always something that you did not want to see either, but we saw quite a few,- but fortunately
most of them back off the road, except for one or 2 we saw with their feet up, so some other poor driver and his
vehicle had obviously come to grief hitting these huge creatures.
Got into Charters Towers, and booked a very dodgey looking room, but it was all good in the morning, and everything
was still on the bike.
Had a good chat to Kiwi Roger, Dudley, and Pete.
We rang Simone in Mackay to say we would be there tomorrow arvo.
Travelled 649 km’s

We met up with the boys and Xena just south of Bowen, and had a good ride down to Mackay. They could not believe
that we had actually caught up. They all got a Motel, and we headed off to Simone’s where we were staying for a
couple of nights. We rang Bear (Paul Jones, also ex Coffs HOG member) and met up with him at one of the clubs for
a drink or two. Good to see him and he seems to be enjoying Queensland life.
Had 463kms in the saddle today

Had 2 x relaxing days in Mackay, while the others headed off south towards Coffs.
We had a nice catch up with Simone and her Mum and Dad (Colleen and Ron).
After we rode out of Mackay we did not call into many of the towns along the way. Although we did head into
Gladstone for a break. Met up with 4 blokes, also riding down South, back to Urunga !! small world again – One of
the fellows I actually know through work.
We stayed in Miriam Vale for the night – had quite enough in the saddle, and home is getting closer !
Travelled 505 kms

Set off down the road towards NSW – What a horrid trip now we are on the coast. The traffic is quite ridiculous,
stopping every hundred metres for red lights, and idiots driving to get where ever in a hurry. We managed to run the
gauntlet and eventually got through to Coolangatta for the night. Give me the outback anytime, when it comes to
riding on the back of a bike.
The rain has started again – and kept up all night, and we did not have any choice but to get up, gear up,and hope we
ran out of it. We had thought we would wait for Dazza and Xena to come down from north of Brisbane where they
had been staying with rellies.               But we just wanted to get away and home to Fiona.
It was the worst part of the whole trip, the weather was atrocious, road works which seemed to go on for miles and
miles, couldn’t see a thing in front of us and by the time we got to Ballina, were so wet, it didn’t matter about even
thinking about another way to keep dry. The weather did not improve until we hit Grafton, and eventually arrived
home in sunshine and Fiona waiting out the front to greet us home.
Just a trip down the road today !

What a journey, - just shy of 10,000 travelled, and country that has to be seen to be believed and enjoyed.
Wild life, Emus, Camels, Wedgies, (Wedge Tailed Eagles), Jabirus, Water Buffalo, Budgies by the hundreds, foxes,
Kangaroos, Brahmans, and lots of other wonderful creatures too many to name.

Thank goodness for Air Hawkes – they are worth Gold – I can personally recommend them to any person, young, old
or in between – Thank heaps Ash ! Saved my back, bottom and everything in between!!.
Each time I got off the bike, I felt like I was 20 again!! Ha ha Ha! I wish………..
Thanks Xena and Dazza for your great company and friendship on such an amazing road trip.

      Q. What do you get when you cross an elephant and a rhino?

      A. El-if-i-no

A cop is staking out a bar for drunk drivers. At closing time, he sees a guy
stumble out of the bar, trip on the curb, and fumble for his keys for five minutes.
When he finally gets in, it takes him another five minutes to get the key in the
ignition. Meanwhile, everybody else leaves the bar and drives off. When he
finally pulls away, the cop is waiting for him, pulls him over, and gives him a
Breathalyzer test. The test shows he has a blood alcohol level of 0.0. The cop
says, How is this possible?

The guy says,Tonight Im the designated decoy.
1. To participate in an official HOG ride, your motorcycle MUST be in a safe roadworthy condition and
have a current registration label affixed to it.

2. Arrive early, at least 15 minutes before departure time, with a FULL tank of fuel and when “5
minutes” is called, be ready to move off in that time.

3. To ensure maximum safety, the group will ride instaggered formation until we approach a corner
and then we will ride in single file.

4. When overtaking a slower vehicle, maintain your speed until all riders have completed the
overtaking manoeuvre.

5. Road Captains are permitted to move along the group when necessary - look out for them and give
them room.

6. Always ride in the same lane as the lead Road Captain and never overtake him.

7. Be aware of your braking distance from the vehicle in front of you and respect the other riders’
blind spot.

8. When the lead Road Captain stops to let everyone re-group, stay in position and be ready to move
off when ready to do so.

9. At designated fuel stops, be prepared to move off when the last bike has re-fuelled.

10. Enough time will be allocated for fuel and food at our designated meal stops. It is your
responsibility to ensure that your bike has been re-fuelled and refreshments taken during the allotted

11. When the Road Captain indicates to you to stop as a “corner marker”, wait in a safe and visible
position and direct the following riders until the rear Road Captain indicates to you to re-join at the
rear of the group.

12. If you end up being the last rider in a group that has split from the main group, wait at any turn-off
point to direct the following group.

13. All slower riders must ride at the rear of the group in fairness to other riders. If you are a slower
rider and find yourself holding up other riders that are following behind you, wave them past and ride
at the rear of the group. A Road Captain will always accompany you.

14. When a rider pulls out of the group and off the road (whether due to mechanical or other
reasons), that rider will be attended to by the rear Road Captain. The remaining riders in the group
should not stop, but continue on. If your bike breaks down, indicate clearly and get off the road as
soon as possible.

15. If you pass the front Road Captain, you are longer deemed part of the official Chapter ride.

16. The Road Captains and all group members must adhere to the road rules and speed limits at all

    In the interest of safety, these Chapter Ride Rules must be adhered to when participating in an official Chapter ride

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