The weekend trip to Cessnock via W ollombi started at BP Asquith Riders Greg Roper, Jim Fox , Joe Wursten, Alan Mcananey, Mark Westfield and a friend of his Jeff Buchanan and myself total of seven. The weather was superb sunny, we decided to ride to Kulnura to see a guy called Frank Zappia that does the servicing of Mark”s Bsa but he wasn’t at home so we stopped at Jerrys café just up the road for refreshments. Then it was onto Wollombi for lunch from there to Bellbird Hotel or our overnite stop. Accommodation was good we had the same rooms as last year $40 per nite including weet bix and coffee but there was no milk or bread should ask for these items the day before. dinner was good rump steak at $10, Mark had a Caesars salad which he said was ordinary but everyone liked the rump. Afterwards sat inside the pub and talked bullshit until we where the last to leave. The fireplace kept the place nice and warm.
Sunday morning was a little on the cool side Alan, Jim and myself had to leave by 9am to meet Ron Daruwalla at Dungog and continue to Gloucester. I lead the way towards Maitland but after a little while there were no more Maitland signs and it was a bit confusing finally got to the New England Highway and more confusion a roundaboutwith about 5 exits took the Lorn and Patterson exit, I recognised the next street we crossed because the BSA Rally was held in Maitland in 2008. The roads have not changed much from 2008 still potholed and just patched, Dungog was terrible don’t they pay the rates. Ron was waiting with some of his friends from Gloucester, we had coffee and a chat then departed for Stroud and went to a lookout called Silo Hill which had 2 cannon bought from Bare Island at LaPerouse to defend this area from the Russians.
The purpose of this ride was to see if Gloucester could be a suitable venue for the next BSA rally in 2022, The roads around Gloucester are certainly suitable, the caravan park can hold 2000 people the showground can also be used for camping lots of motels and cafes a few clubs.
On Monday morning we were going to investigate a longer ride but jim’s Yamaha had second thoughts and didn’t want to start lucky Ron had a battery charger but no Jumper leads, so we drove into town in his new car had some breakfast while the battery was topped up his Yamaha also failed last time we were in Gloucester. He changed the regulator and we set off to Booral and then to Buladelah to go along the Wooton Way but Jim decided not to go in case his bike played up.
We set off for home then the wind started to increase my Triumph was really being blown about and was uncomfortable to ride. The Hexham bridge over the Hunter was particularly bad and the water below was quite rough, down the motorway towards Sydney the sky was black but blue in the distance I thought it would be OK but near Wyong some spots on the visor so stopped and put the plastic pants on, the rain tumbled down all those B doubles with lots of wheels really sprayed us with water it was so cold, we stopped at the service centre to warm up, then the rain eased off and stopped. .Alan had left us as he had further to go to Liverpool, Pennant Hills road was jammed up with trucks so it was slow going, I turned off to go through Epping and Jim continued to the M2 and home.
It was a great weekend good company nice rides but the roads up there are pretty crook