Yet another successful Bega get-together was held on the weekend of 6-8 April. Early arrivers from Sydney had an enjoyable ride down to Eden on the Friday, with the lunch at the Fishermen’s Co-op being the highlight of the day. A typically convivial evening was spent at the Grand Hotel, with much intelligent discussion about issues of the day (predominantly rugby league and motorbikes).
Saturday saw 15 riders gather for brekky at Café Evolve, the bikes being mainly Triumphs but with a couple of Harleys and Jap bikes thrown in just to make the British bikes look good! All moderns at this event, except for Tim Tapsell’s trusty Triumph Trident—which, as usual, performed with aplomb. Good to see Dennis’s terrific new 1200 Bobber, and later in the day we managed to have a good look at Bob’s 1200 Bonnie Speedmaster in the shed. Apparently he couldn’t take it on the ride as it was almost due for its first service—good story; we suspect he just didn’t want to get it dirty. Great to see Dave back on his gorgeous Thruxton, broken ribs being almost as good as new.
The Saturday run took the Brown Mountain-Bombala-Mt Darragh-South Pambula-Bega route, with the group partaking of lunch at the Bombala Bakery. Bernie, having ridden to Bega from Canberra earlier in the morning, had reported that the Brown was very wet from fog, but luckily it had dried out by the time we got there—thank goodness for late and relaxed breakfasts! Mt Darragh was also dry, though mossy in places, so we had excellent road conditions on the whole 220km route along with temperatures like Baby Bear’s porridge—just right!
Bob and Judy put on a wonderful feast for us on Saturday evening, just as we’ve come to expect—and this year was special as it gave us a chance to reflect on the untimely passing of our great mate Jim Wilson 12 months ago. Our thoughts were with Helen and family. Anyway, everyone had a terrific time and those staying at Bob and Judy’s turned things into a pretty late night for the hosts—a sure sign that some good fun was being had. Our sincere thanks go to Bob and Judy for organising the weekend and for entertaining us so well. We’re looking forward to Bega 2019 already!