I've been riding for just over a couple of weeks now and I was pretty happy with myself for getting this ride under my belt... Last Sat I left Ringwood with a vague notion to head out to Eltham and see whats around there. I cruise through Warrandyte and cross the bridge heading towards Research. It's a beautiful little twisty that really gets me warmed up and wanting a bit more cornering and a bit less traffic. So when I get to the end of the road and am faced with the choice of a left toward Eltham or a right toward King Lake, I think WTF? and turn right. Having a ball heading through Kangaroo Ground when I ride past the General Store. Having seen some pics of this place in orther peoples' ride diaries I hang a u-turn and head back to make a drink break at the shop. After buying a drink and settling down to read a couple of pages of my book I realise that I donlt have my keys... I must have left them in the ignition... better go and get them... hmm not there... must have left them in the seat lock... not there either... oh Sh!t... the only other place they could be is the Suzuki Across Boot :!: So, I'm in a bit of a pickle because the only way to open the boot witout a key is to remove the seat and undo some screws then poke your screw driver into a hole that makes the boot go "pop". I don't have a screw driver and even if I did, I have no idea how to remove my seat without the key (which is in the boot!). So I get on the phone and ask my wife to google a way to remove my seat without the key while I fiddle aimlessly. After I've been at it for a while, and starting to wonder how I'm going to get my bike home, a top bloke riding a Kawasaki pulls in and asks if I need a hand. He does have a tool kit, and manages to pop my seat off safely and get my boot open. Keys safely in hand, I thank him wholeheartedly (cheers Anthony!), call my missus and tell her I'm all good, and get back on the road. The ride from Kangaroo Ground to St Andrews is just beautiful. The ride from St Andrews to Kinglake is also beautiful, but for a newbie such as myself, pretty hairy. I just took my time and cruised through the corners at my own slow pace. There was one 4wd that I pulled over for, but other than that I didn't have any preassure from my rear view mirror. Thinking back, it was probably a far more challanging ride than I should have tackled by myself so soon, but I'm still glad I did it. Can't wait to do it again. Headed from Kinglake to Healsville, then took the Melba highway back to Yarra Glenn. The rest of the ride was pretty uneventful, as I was more or less stuck in a pack of traffic and not about to pass anyone with two weeks experience and a 250cc engine. I loved the ride so much that I took my wife on the same drive so that we could stop in Kinglake and buy lunch there the next day. I'd encourage everyone to do the same if they get the chance. Sorry no pics. The only one I took was of my bike outside the Kangaroo Ground General Store, and it's still sitting on the camera. I'll add it soon when I get the chance. Thanks for reading!!