Our move back to South Australia started on Thursday November 15th with the uplift of all our household belongings. I worked back a day as Flights were difficult out of Kununurra and meant I would have either had to overnight in Perth or Darwin. Leaving a day later meant just the one days travel and the day in lieu will be handy to take down the track sometime.
I arrived at Goolwa on the Friday night and my wife and youngest son arrived Saturday evening.
Monday the removalist truck arrived. Busy unpacking for 2 days and I decided that it was time to go for a ride.
Wednesdays at Goolwa means the local group of riders don their riding gear and head out for a ride. I prefer a longer ride and was a little worried that they would just ride 30 minutes up the road for a Latte and then head back.
I took my Vstrom and fuelled it up at the BP service station as they have premium fuel. I do prefer to run the higher octane. Then it’s off to the meet spot at another service station.
We left Goolwa just after 10am and headed for McLaren vale for a coffee.
The lead rider took all the back roads to get there. Some great roads, all full of curves and bends. I had never been on many of them, so I will need to go back sometime to retrace them.
We stopped for Coffee at McLaren Vale and had a chat with the other riders. They were interested in the new rider in the group and asked me all the usual questions. They all seemed to be great fellas. I did know one of the rides. Don French. He is a member of FarRides and is a young 80 years of age. Don owns 2 bikes. A BMW K1200RS and a Kawasaki GTR 1400. He believes that Age is all in the mind and thankfully he says, I only started to think 18 years ago.
Don Had electrical problems on the BMW and had to meet us at McLaren Vale on the GTR.
I was pleasantly surprised when they asked if I would continue on with them for lunch. I had thought they would be returning to Goolwa. So we headed off to the Macclesfield Hotel for lunch.
After have a Chicken Schnitzel Burger for lunch we rode back to Goolwa via Milang and Claytons Bay.
Once back in Goolwa some of the group headed to the local brewery for a cleansing ale. I joined them but opted for a coffee.
It was a great little ride. Only rode 185km but it was with great company. I’m looking forward to the next ride.