Jason and I left Wodonga at 2pm on a dry but cool Friday afternoon and headed to Howlong and on up the Riverina Highway towards Corowa. We met Elsie were the Riverina turns off towards Finley and joined up to ride towards Berrigan. As we passed through Berrigan the GPS said to turn left towards Finley, but the sign said Jerilderie straight ahead. Who needs GPS, so we went ahead and rolled into Jerilderie about 4pm. There were already several bikes parked outside the rooms so we booked in, unpacked the bikes and started to catch up with the others, some who had been there since midmorning.
The open flat area around Jerilderie does nothing to slow down the very cold breeze, so most of us were still dressed in the bike gear to keep warm. Having forgotten that it was a BYO BBQ, Jason and I took the quiet walk to the main street (IGA) for supplies.
The Caravan park is next door to the Sports Club with a convenient gate through the fence, so a few went to the Club for a refreshment. Fortunately the breeze dropped and it was a pleasant evening as everyone took their turn with the tongs to cook their meal on the parks BBQ.
Saturday started with everyone getting the own breakfast with a planned meeting at 10am for a ride to Deniliquin Truck Show. However, there had been late discussions about a “Truck Show” the night before and so there were two rides, one to Deniliquin and the other to Berrigan and Finley lead by a local member (along many of the “back roads”)
I went to Deniliquin with 3 others along some of the back roads bypassing Finley and after a few wrong ways in Deniliquin, we finally got good! directions and found the show. There were some interesting truck, paintwork, and even some old bike on display.
This was the bank built after the robbery of the old bank by Ned Kelly.
The ride back was through Finley, and unfortunately over some road works which were being watered – the bike will need a good wash when I get home!
At 3pm we met up with the rest of the group at the old Bank Building. This was the bank built after the robbery of the old bank by Ned Kelly. It is now owned by a couple who are both “collectors” and furnished the bank in a Victorian style and they open for visitors. The afternoon started with a Devonshire Tea with fresh scones, jam and cream. We were them invited through the home with a guided tour.
We headed back to the caravan park to change for a walk up the main street to the Colony Inn Hotel for our evening feed. A good meal was had by all, but as always, Jackie’s meal (the organiser) was late coming out and we were getting a little worried, but all was well.
Sunday morning started with a very nice bacon and egg roll, juice and cereal at 8am.
We then had a memorial service for those members who have ridden on, singing the Ulysses Song, reading of the Memorial Day Ode and the playing of the bagpipes.
We said our goodbyes and headed home via Tocumwal. We meet a very anger magpie in Finley who swooped all 3 of us as we rode through town. Elsie left us as we went through Rutherglen and we were home for lunch in Wodonga.
All in all a great weekend, fine weather, although a little cool in the breeze, and I would like to thank the Wagga Branch, and Jackie in particular, for organizing the weekend.
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