2018 Odyssey – Mt Barker, Western Australia

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They gathered through the day at the home of the Grapes and Gallops, Frost Oval in Mt Barker, Western Australia on a foggy morning in September, 2018. Over 120 Ulysses members from all over WA attended this year’s Odyssey hosted by the Great Southern branch; a hardy, yet small bunch of motorcycle enthusiasts that call the region home.

Camping grounds and the race course was their home for the next 3 days. Saturday started with a ride to Walpole via Denmark. The Denmark Men’s Shed putting on a grand morning tea which made lunch at the Walpole Hotel very difficult to fit in later in the day. The afternoon then soon led to a roast dinner feast that night by our local caterer and now Ulysses member Jason and his crew from Happy’s Country Diner. The band, Tre Amici then had us all up dancing with some amazing music.

Sunday saw the Grand Parade wind through the Mt Barker town site, the Porongurup and Stirling ranges (both shrouded in fog) and a return to the Race Course. A quick clothes change and it was off on a wine tour for some and a ride down to Whale World in Albany for others. The day ended with a magnificent BBQ dinner at Central. All went to bed happy and full.

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With Monday now dawning, it was pack up your tents, final breakfast by the Great Southern crew and clean-up of the venue which had served the event so well.

So a massive thank you to all who attended and to the fantastic crew of the Great Southern. Also thanks goes to the support from other branches to pull off what some have described as one of the best Odyssey’s held for a long time.

We proudly sent a cheque to the Royal Flying Doctor Service which was the proceeds of our raffles which was greatly supported by the members who attended and by the fantastic businesses of the region.

Ride safe and we hope to see you all in Bridgetown at the 2019 Odyssey.

Regards

Steve Morrow

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