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Adventure Riders SIG Annual Gathering – Wirrealpa 2017 (Part 2)

From Part 1 “Wirrealpa”, a 1,500 square kms sheep and cattle station in the northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia, was the location for our annual Adventure Riders Gathering for 2017… Wednesday was a free day that started with a cooked breakfast at the Shearers kitchen. Some people kicked back and had a rest or…

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Wirrealpa 2017

Adventure Riders SIG Annual Gathering – Wirrealpa 2017 (Part 1)

Friday 28th April dawned cool and foggy as I rode my heavily laden KTM690 across to Woodend to rendezvous with Peter and Dete (both riding Suzuki DR650’s) and Finn (Triumph Tiger 800) to commence our ride to Wirrealpa. Our ride plan as pretty simple really. Ride as much as possible on dirt roads and tracks…

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It was time to Clean Up the Gear Shop at the NAO!

There was Work to be done. The start of 2017 brought about a plethora of tasks that needed to be completed by the National Administration Office (NAO), including membership renewals, organising the bi-annual UCARF raffle and coordinating the 2017 AGM.   Post AGM brought about a new set of responsibilities that required the attention of the…

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Einbunpin Festival

For many years Redcliffe Branch of Ulysses Club has had a stall at the Einbunpin Festival which is an annual celebration held at Sandgate, Qld. Previously we had cooked a sausage sizzle every year, which is a lot of work, and with many other competing food stalls provided not a lot of profit. So this…

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LIVING THE DREAM Part 3

Sturgis was getting busier with more and more bikes arriving as we left on the way to Casper, 400+ k’s away in Wyoming.  But first a stop in Deadwood for breakfast and a new pair of Harley boots, yes I know I ride an Indian but the boots are really comfortable. We made a quick…

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LIVING THE DREAM Part 2

We said goodbye to Canada and crossed over the border into Montana USA via Glacier National Park, the scenery was superb even through the mist & fog as we went up above the glacier & snow line. Once more it was a Public Holiday (USA) and the traffic was heavy with very few areas where…

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LIVING THE DREAM Part 1

It all started with an ad. in the Ulyssian, Join us for a trip to ALASKA, STURGIS and HIGHWAY 101. Dale & I had just sold our business and were looking for a retirement celebration trip and Dale reckoned this ticked all the boxes.  After talking to the organiser in Hamilton we paid our deposit…

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How lucky am I to win the Malaysian Motorcycle Tour

After returning from Tasmania following the Launceston AGM Event, I had a surprise call from Peter Baulch (Natcom).  It was a good news/bad news sort of call.  The bad news was that the winner of the early bird registration prize (John Paulger) had been involved in a motorbike accident and could not accept the prize. …

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Four Branches on the GOR

Four Branches on the GOR

In lovely March weather, eleven Ulyssians on ten bikes from four branches, Torrens Valley, Adelaide and Fleurieu branches set out east for the Great Ocean Road from Tailem Bend. There were six BMWs, two Triumphs, one Yamaha and one Suzuki. In Melbourne, Holly and Ron from Melbourne branch riding a Suzuki and a BMW set…

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A not-so-normal Thursday ride

(An allegedly true report from Sydney’s mid-week riders) As a small boy, just after the really Big War, Serial No WWII, I lived a life of poverty in a small hessian lined box under a pear tree in Western Oxfordshire. A ferret lived next door, and I believe he was my uncle. He declared himself…

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Australia Day Weekend Ride

Australia Day Weekend Ride

Australia Day Weekend Ride Southern Cross Tourers to Genoa and Dalgaty So… I’m sitting here the day after, glass of red in hand watching the rain fall, thinking how lucky were we to have the most magnificent weather for our trip – four days of cool mornings, sunny days and warm afternoons (and one hot…

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The Wollys turn 30!

The Wollys turn 30!

On the weekend of 17th, 18th & 19th of March 2017 the Wollondilly Wanderers celebrated their 30th anniversary, and what a celebration it was. With around 120 fellow Ulyssians braving the wet weather, we gathered at the Mittagong RSL for the festivities. Friday evening started with many of our visiting branches registering and joining some…

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Marysville to Eildon to Marysville… Are we there yet?

Marysville to Eildon to Marysville… Are we there yet?

Yarra Ranges Branch claims a Tail End Charlie `first’ If this report had pictures they would probably embarrass everyone – Ed. I rode in to Brunch to have a quiet breakfast, read the paper and mind my own business. Next minute I’m accosted by Kelvin Blair and Eric Crombie and told, ‘Saddle up, you’re coming…

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Riding The Loop The Hard Way

Riding The Loop The Hard Way

THERE are not many challenges left. Forty-five years have passed since the first recorded motorcycle ride around Australia, and since then “riding The Loop” has found its way on to many bucket lists. It’s easier today of course, on better roads and much better motorcycles, built for long journeys and equipped with lots of comfort…

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Pablo’s early start on being disgraceful

Pablo’s early start on being disgraceful

This is a true story from over 50 years ago (with a present-day photo).  ‘Pablo Pank’ is a pseudonym taken by this ex-Ulyssean, the ‘hero’ of this story.  If anyone identifies him from the photo he’s not worried.  As you can see, this fella started growing old disgracefully very early on in his riding career. …

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Growing Old Disgracefully?

I’m responding to Michael Tong Lee’s challenge in the Summer Edition of Riding On to define ‘disgraceful behaviour’ as pertaining to Ulyssians. Let me start by going back to our late Founding Father, Ol’ #1, who came up with the original recipe for the Ulysses pie. By all accounts, Stephen was quite a gentleman, but…

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