Grampians ride report…
Blistering heat was the forecast the day we set off, it was ride to remember!
Yet another memorable trip with the Catters, this time to the awe-inspiring Grampians National Park, 271kms or 3 hours direct but for us and our preference for dust and dirt, we took the long way extending the distance to 304kms or 5.30 hours.
With Bikes fully fuelled and panniers packed with camping gear, we all met at the usual spot when riding west, Maccas in Werribee.
A great turnout with over 20 riders all eager for adventure!
There was the usual air of excitement and trepidation as we progressively gathered for a pre ride yarn with mates, some arriving solo and others in small groups.
With all in attendance and the rider debrief hosted by Robbo over, it was time to hit the road then gravel for some solid kms to be covered.
Friday morning was warm which made for a pleasant ride through the back roads of regional Victoria, but the heat was on and it soon reached the mid 30’s, relieved by the sucking on one’s trusty camelback to quench the thirst.
We pushed on in the heat and reached our destination – Halls Gap Caravan Park by 3pm, most of us elected to camp but for some “only a cabin will do” …
In the heat of the day we set up camp, a smattering of colourful oddly shaped tents dotted the sparse grassy patches under foot and then it was time for a cold beer, yes this we deserved and with the generosity of certain members, slabs of cold beers arrived and cans handed around for all to enjoy.
Text: Tony M