My Three Sons and Me


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For those who can’t recall far enough, My Three Sons was the name of a popular TV sit-com from the USA in the 1960s.
And for those whose memory does stretch that far, it makes a good headline for Dennis Holland’s account of a ride with three sons of his own…

WITH five days of good warm weather predicted, the five day ride planned by my sons had finally arrived.
I don’t know too many families where a dad and his three sons get the chance to enjoy a five-day ride together.

We started from Essendon with a short 40 kilometres trip to the quaint little town of Bacchus Marsh, where we spent an enjoyable couple of hours at the hot rod/custom car/motorcycle show and car boot sale.

From there we travelled down to the Great Ocean Road, where we stopped at Lorne for a quick lunch.
Continuing on to view the so-called 12 Apostles (though I don’t think there have ever been 12 of them), we rode on to Warrnambool for our first night stopover, and a welcome drink.

Next morning, we crossed into South Australia for a coffee at Mt Gambier, and after riding 530 kms for the day, we spent our second night at Murray Bridge.

An early morning start into the Adelaide Hills brought us to the little town of Birdwood, where a stop was more than worthwhile.
I highly recommend anyone touring in this area to allow at least two hours for a visit to the National Motor Museum.
Displayed there are hundreds of perfectly restored vintage cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles.
Also displayed there is the very first Holden, the 48/215, which became known as the FX.

We rode on to Renmark and back into Victoria at Mildura, where we stopped for our third over-night stay.

From left; Adam Holland, Blake Holland, Paul Holland, and The Leader of the Pack, Dennis Holland.

Next morning, we crossed the mighty Murray River into New South Wales and rode along the Sturt Highway to Robinvale.
Then finally we returned to Victoria, arriving at Swan Hill for lunch, followed by a short ride to our fourth and final night stay at Echuca.

The following morning saw us take a leisurely ride back to Melbourne, catching a little bit of drizzle in the last half hour of our ride, but we couldn’t complain after the four sunny days that we had enjoyed.

As a ten-year member of the Macedon Ranges Ulysses Club Branch, I have been lucky enough to have ridden on over 300 Wednesday rides with a great bunch of friendly riders.
With about a dozen of the Ulysses Club crew I also did a magnificent ten- day tour of Spain, a few years later another ten of us did an equally exciting tour of Vietnam, travelling to the Chinese border, which was fantastic.
But somehow, some way, the pleasure and pride of a simple five- day Aussie tour with my three sons will stay with me forever.

Our next ride will be to southern Victoria and the east coast of NSW, but I can assure you that we will be cutting the distance by about half, so we can smell the roses along the way.

Dennis Holland #49852


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