Thursday, April 26, 2012

A great Autumn ride to Somerset Dam - April 2012

A group of 6 bikers on 5 bikes and 4 commuters in 2 cars set off from Gateway under gloriously clear skies for David’s “Water Supply Run”! This was the inaugural drive for Tim (and son Nathanael) in his new Mazda MX5 (yes, alas, another mid-life crisis). 

Pete's new custom
Des with Davids twin
Phil with wife Andrea on first ride
Peter had his brand new blue V Custom 900 for its first Gateway Bikers’ excursion (the one he got as an accessory to the helmet he bought at the recent Motorcycle Expo!). It was also good to have Phil’s wife Andrea along for the first time. We headed out along the Ipswich Motorway and then the Brisbane Valley Highway to Fernvale for a relaxing morning tea at the popular Bakery cafe. Here we were joined by familiar biker Tim and first timer Des whose Suzuki GSX650F is a twin of David’s.

From there it was along the Wivenhoe Dam wall and then up through Esk before enjoying the beautiful scenery along the connecting road to Somerset Dam.  There were plenty of photos taken at the picturesque Spit picnic area which was buzzing with jet skis, water skiers, swimmers and picnickers. The water was so inviting Phil was really tempted to have a dip himself.

Just south of Somerset Dam we took the alternate route via Splityard Creek dam back to Fernvale. This would have been a nice winding ride if it wasn’t for the number of separate 60km/h roadworks sections, none of which had “End Roadworks” signs at the end of them – very frustrating. So it was “welcome back” to the same cafe for a delicious lunch and more friendly chat under the trees, by the fountain. We farewelled Tim, who preferred to ride the twisty bits through Mt Glorious and then farewelled Peter, the MX5 duo and Leo before venturing home via Mt Crosby and the water supply pipelines to Brisbane (no, not inside them, beside them!).

Great weather, great scenery, great company and great machines – an excellent day. Curiously, this group was a totally different one to that on the previous ride in March (except for leader David who wondered what that really meant???).