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[Jul 26, 2014] Robertson Pie Shop via Macquarie Pass (Robertson, NSW)

Discussion in 'NSW' at netrider.net.au started by GJ384, Jul 3, 2014.

Robertson Pie Shop via Macquarie Pass
Start Date: Jul 26, 2014 10:00
End Date: Jul 26, 2014 14:00
Time Zone: Australia/Sydney +10:00 AEST

Robertson Pie Shop
4400 Illawarra Highway
Robertson, NSW 2577

Posted By: GJ384

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  1. FYI, this is a group ride I'm organising on behalf of the Christian Motorcyclists' Association of NSW. Be warned - this means there may be little fish stickers on some of the other bikes. But we're not about "Bible-bashing" anyone - we're just out for a ride and we'd love some company. ALL are welcome.

    This time we’re going south, beginning with the Royal National Park, heading to Robertson Pie Shop for lunch. Yes - this means Macquarie Pass. We’ll then explore some amazing back roads around Kangaloon and continue on to Bargo, where the ‘official’ ride will finish. Given that it’s probably going to be a cold morning, we’ll start late so that you can have a sleep-in too.

    Date: Saturday 26 July 2014
    Start: 10.30am at Heathcote McDonalds (http://goo.gl/maps/AaJJT)

    Please arrive at the start point at least 20 minutes early to avoid delays when we head off. Please also make sure you have a full tank at the start of the ride - the closest fuel is next door at BP - 1234 Princes Hwy, Engadine (http://goo.gl/maps/x5gzF). We won’t be waiting for latecomers, so if you get there and we’re already gone you’ll need to catch up.

    Destination: Robertson Pie Shop (http://goo.gl/maps/Jgfrq)
    Route: Via Royal National Park and Range Rd (http://goo.gl/maps/Q4A5W)

    2.00pm at Bargo Pie Shop (http://goo.gl/maps/aXorF), OR
    3.00pm at Luddenham Village Cafe (http://goo.gl/maps/nvawh)

    Distance: 165km from Heathcote to Bargo (another 67km from Bargo to Luddenham for those who are coming back that way with me)

    Again, please ensure you start the ride with a full tank. The closest fuel to Heathcote McDonald’s is next door at BP - 1234 Princes Hwy, Engadine (http://goo.gl/maps/x5gzF), and any Harley riders can also top-up at Robertson (http://goo.gl/maps/XZ7ct) and Bargo (http://goo.gl/maps/bsAqg).

    Now for the route (see also http://goo.gl/maps/Q4A5W):

    10.00am - Meet at McDonald’s Heathcote (http://goo.gl/maps/AaJJT)
    10.30am sharp - depart and head north along Princes Highway
    - right onto Farnell Ave and through Royal National Park
    - possible quick stop for a photo opportunity at Bald Hill
    - follow Lawrence Hargrave Dr / Princes Hwy / Memorial Dr / Princes Mwy
    - right onto Illawarra Hwy at Albion Park Rail
    - right onto Tongarra Rd
    - continue along Illawarra Hwy up Macquarie Pass

    12.00pm - arrive at Robertson Pie Shop for lunch (http://goo.gl/maps/Jgfrq)

    1.00pm - depart Robertson and continue along Illawarra Hwy
    - right at Caalong St
    - right onto Kirkland Rd
    - left onto Tourist Rd
    - right onto Range Rd
    - right at roundabout onto Old South Rd
    - right onto Old Hume Hwy
    - left onto Remembrance Driveway

    2.00pm - arrive at Bargo Pie Shop (http://goo.gl/maps/aXorF)

    This is where the supervised ride ends. I'll be heading back to Luddenham via Picton, The Oaks and Silverdale, and others are welcome to join me, but I expect most of the rest of the group will disperse at this point. I expect to arrive back at Luddenham at approx 3pm.


    We'll use corner markers and a Tail End Charlie for this ride, since it's a long way and there are a few turns that are easy to miss. This is the way it’s going to work:
    1. The person riding behind the leader is automatically the corner marker.
    2. At an intersection, the leader will hold out his left hand and point to the side of the road, to let the corner marker know it's time to pull over.
    3. The corner marker pulls over as directed, with their indicator on in the direction of the turn.
    4. All riders pass the corner marker and proceed in the direction indicated.
    5. When the last rider - the "Tail End Charlie" (TEC) - passes the corner marker, the TEC gives the corner marker a big wave to let them know there's no-one else coming.
    5. The corner marker is now the new TEC.

    We’ll also be using the Buddy System for this ride. This just means you need to check your mirrors every couple of minutes to make sure you can see the next rider following you. If you lose sight of them, slow down or pull over until they catch up. If they don’t, you need to turn around and investigate. Any problems, give me a call ASAP on 0414 524 106.

    Be ready to pull over if you lose sight of your buddy, be on the lookout for corner markers, and be ready to act as a corner marker when it’s your turn.

    It is the responsibility of all riders to ride within their own skill levels, and to ride within the law.

    Please make sure you understand the above before coming on this ride. Check out the route and familiarise yourself with the turns we’ll be making. Don't be afraid to ask a question if there's anything you don't understand. If you come along you will need to know where we’re going and how it’s going to work.

    If the weather is uncertain, I will make the call by 8am and let everyone know by posting here to say whether or not the ride is going ahead.

    Suggested changes to the route are always welcome.

    In case of any emergencies on the day, please put my number into your phone - 0414 524 106.

    Please pass on the invitation to any other riders you know who might be interested, and let me know the day before the ride if you’ll be coming along. Finally, again, please make sure you're there early and with a full tank so that we can get going without delay.

    Who's in?
  2. Me! I'll meet you somewhere on the Southern part of the route: perhaps as you head towards the Pass!
  3. Tourist Road and Range Road are quite bumpy and unmaintained so beware riders with stiff suspension. I wish they would re-tar both as they would be awesome to hoon along.
    I would join you on this ride but my recently ACL reconstructed knee says 'NO'.
  4. I'd agree, I travel both those roads two days a week for work, and they could shake the fillings out of your teeth. On balance, though, the scenery is beaut.
    • Winner Winner x 1
  5. I hope I can make this one. Looks good so far.
  6. This is one of the things I miss not living in Canberra any more. Great roads relatively close. Lucky b......ds.
  7. Thanks GJ, unfortunately (well not exactly but you know what I mean) I have a family obligation that weekend. I'll take a rain check though.

  8. Tentative for this one at this stage.
  9. Damn, just realised this is a Saturday run, I can only make Sundays as I work almost every Saturday Morning.
  10. #10 jalalski, Jul 7, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2014
    Yeah, I thought it was Saturday too :(
  11. I'm tentative given its on a Saturday...
  12. Sorry guys, can't make this one tomorrow. Kids have their soccer games in the morning :(

    Have fun and take plenty of pics.
  13. Morning all - just a quick note to say this ride is still going ahead today. I have a feeling the weather's going to clear up! See you all (at least all the brave ones) at Heathcote at 10am for a 10:30 start. We'll also be stopping at McDonalds Albion Park Rail to pick up a few extras at 11:30am.

    PS sorry I didn't reply to any of you guys - for some reason I didn't get the Netrider emails to say there had been replies, so until right now I'd thought no-one on NR was interested! Will check 'manually' next time.
  14. Folks, I bailed half way to Heathcote and went home. Absolutely soaked and didn't look like the rain was going to let up. If you still went out, hope you had a good ride and came back in one piece!
  15. The rain was a downer on Saturday morning! I managed to get a ride in on Sunday to Old rd as it was probably less greasy than National Park although there was heaps of bikes out. Seems everyone took their bikes out on Sunday. Catch you on the next ride mate.