Hi all This is my first diary in this group and since it was a member of this group that told me about the ride and then piked out :grin: I thought it appropriate that she see what she missed out on.......(next time Lou) I only wish I had stopped to take pics of the awesome roads to make anyone who wasnt lucky enough to be on their bike this weekend green with envy..... Started off at the Westmead base with an estimated 100 bikes (70 odd bikes up on last year and only the 2nd year of the event!) We got a great bacon and egg roll for breakie and a tour of the hanger, a fly by of the chopper and a chance to drool over some amazing bikes! (Check out the immaculate Rocket oh and the gutsy little Kwaka 2fiddy ) [img:800:600:5b4e7d5d0f]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/lindypiccolo/000_0206.jpg[/img:5b4e7d5d0f] [img:800:600:5b4e7d5d0f]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/lindypiccolo/000_0201.jpg[/img:5b4e7d5d0f] For the start we were grouped into lots of 20 or so bikes, but by Richmond most of the groups were separated by traffic, so I stuck myself behind a BMW that seemd to be going at my pace (no jokes here about slow BMW riders please ) and followed him all the way to Lithgow, the whole way over the mountains we only saw about 6 other bikes! not sure where the rest of them got to? but on arrival in Lithgow we dicovered a lot of them already there.......giving the poor bored locals something to talk about I am sure! After fueling up the ever efficient Cartman (no not on weight gain 2000) I led the way for a few riders to the Tarana hotel....(since it is my old stomping ground and most of them didnt have a clue which way to go). In fact many riders took the wrong turn at the highway and several more took wrong turns along the back route, but thankfully everyone made it to Orange one way or the other. A very tasty hamburger and chips were supplied to most of us at Tarana pub (some waited 2 hours and finally gave up as the rest of the group pulled out for Orange). There were apparently only 3 frantic kitchen staff trying to feed around 130 hungry bikers.......but the food was awesome when it did arrive. Only one bike had to be trailered home at this point (courtesy of NRMA) for a breakdown, and as far as I am aware there was no need to call in the chopper for anyone on this ride.....wooo hooo! [img:800:600:5b4e7d5d0f]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/lindypiccolo/000_0207.jpg[/img:5b4e7d5d0f] I had the best time on those back roads through Tarana and all the way via Blayney, to Orange.......in fact I was having so much fun I didnt want to pull over long enough to take pics of the fantastic countryside and miles and miles of long .....winding.....newly sealed.......not a car, copper or speed camera in sight.......country roads! All though I did get a forced photo opp on the way home as we came accross a road block (cows not pigs) Every little country town we came accross had a sea of bikes parked in front of the local and a sea of leather clad bodies lounging around on the steps....... [img:800:600:5b4e7d5d0f]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/lindypiccolo/000_0219.jpg[/img:5b4e7d5d0f] A wicked cross wind that felt like it was coming off snow kept Cartman and I on our toes for most of the trip but I still managed to arrive in Orange with the biggest shit eating grin ever! I just love riding!!!!! Saturday was topped off with a great baked dinner.......free grog (courtesy of Yamaha)....an awesome show by the Yamaha freestyle team, and a courtesy bus back into town for more drinks (these ones not free ) and a good local band in the pub! Today saw me hook up with more new friends for the ride home back through the greatest roads I have ever ridden and of course the obligatory lap or two of The Mountain and perusal of tributes to it's king.....then finally home. [img:800:600:5b4e7d5d0f]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/lindypiccolo/000_0228.jpg[/img:5b4e7d5d0f] Awesome weekend...........Awesome People......Awesome cause..........Awesome hot bath when I got home........and the new me is now reminiscing *sigh* and of course thinking about the next ride!