Ride still going ahead despite weather. Bureau still indicates early showers clearing, top of 19 degrees. Event Date: Sun May 1st 2005 Time: 9:30am meet for 10:00am start Place: Maccas behind Caltex/Safeway Servo, Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Melway 110 D5 - 1999 ed. Route: See Below Status of Participants Nodz, ApriliaGirl, Lids, VTRSteve, Nobby, NovaCoder, Jafu, Urban, Will, FZR600, Amanda, Amanda's Father, Tones, v00dsy, Tenoq, VTRElmarco, copper1000, MiPearson, cbdrno, Roamer, iwantabiggerbike, G, Brian26146, Cyrax, Scumbag. Maybes - Mrs Scumbag, Helldog, Kelly, BMWF650CS, CBRSteve's mates. Don't Know - Thundercat, Titania, Josh 25 Yes 3 (+6) maybe 3 awaiting confirmation Route/Directions First Leg - Narre Warren -> Noojee 1. L out of petrol station onto Overland Drive 2. L onto Princes Hwy 3. C along Princes Hwy to Berwick (5km, 5km) 4. C along Princes Hwy to Beaconsfield (19.6km, 24.6km) 5. C along Princes Hwy to Nar Nar Goon North (25km, 49.6km) 6. L off Princes Hwy at Drouin (signposted) 7. Immediate L at end of off ramp Sharp left, watch out for traffic approaching from the right. Need to get into right lane at the end of executing this turn in preparation for the right turn to Noojee 8. R to Noojee (signposted, about 400m up road) Watch out for traffic approaching from the left. Its a reduced visibility corner over the hill 9. C along C426 through Robin Hood to Main Neerim Road (8km, 57.6km) Watch out for this turn, as the T-intersection occurs halfway through this corner. There is very little time to straighten up before braking and executing the follwing left turn 10. L onto Main Neerim Road (Signposted Neerim South 15km) About 2km up the road there is a 90 degree corner to the left. Reduced speed for learners probably required. More importantly, the sides of the road have been newly graded and there is gravel on the road. Extreme caution necessary as straying from lines might mean a slide in the gravel 11. L at C425, C426 at Rokeby (22.2km, 79.8km) 12. C through Neerim South, Neerim, Neerim Junction and road turns into/onto Yarra Junction - Noojee Rd at Piedmont Just after Neerim South the limit goes to 100km. Don't travel at this speed, not because of dangerous roads but you'll miss the excellent views. 80kmph was brilliant today cruising along the ridge. Once leaving Neerim Junction there is a wickedly steep descent. Learners should stick to the signposted limits. There's no hurry. 13. C to Noojee (3.7km, 83.5km) 14. L at Loch Valley Road 15. Find appropriate place for rest stop Second Leg - Noojee -> Lilydale 16. R at Yarra Junction - Noojee Rd (end of Loch Valley Road) 17 C along Yarra Junction - Noojee Rd (31.5km, 115km) It's actually more a case of taking the right hand fork about 4km out of Noojee that you have already come past after taking the steep descent from Neerim Junction towards Noojee. This is signposted as Hazardous to Motorcycles. The first 15km is nice sweepers. Realm and myself cruised along here at about 80km/h although there were a few corners down at 60-70km/h. More experienced riders shouldn't have a problem. The next 10km or so is quite tight twisties. This is the section just before Powelltown. There are several 30-40km/h righthanders for the learner. The last 5km to Gladysville is back to sweepers. 18. C along Yarra Junction - Noojee Rd to Three Bridges (8km, 123km) 19. L onto Warburton Hwy at Yarra Junction 20. C along Warburton Hwy (24.5km, 147.5km) All good road, watch out for the speed limits, down to 50 and 60kmh in some places. Bike cops were out in force today along this bit of raod. Watch out for the steep hills just before Seville and out of Seville, some of the 250's might struggle. Also keep to the 50km/h limit through Seville. Cops out in force again. Will be required to reduce speed towards the hill at the bottom of the roundabout in Seville. Watch out for traffic from the right and listen for the Fire station sirens. I believe that the fire truck senter the roundabout from this direction. 21. L at S34 to Lilydale (2km, 149.5km) 22. L at Anderson Street (1km, 150.5km) 23. R at RND -> Swansea Rd If time permits and people want a smoko break can stop at Lilydale Lake Park which is by this Roundabout. Third Leg - Lilydale -> Narre Warren 24. C along Swansea Rd (3.8km, 154.3km) 25. C at 2nd RND at Swansea Rd (2.2km, 156.5km) 26. C at 3rd RND onto Canterbury Rd (5km, 161.5km) 27. L Dorset Rd, Bayswater North (6.7km, 168.2km) Watch out for the 40km/h limit through Boronia. 28. L Burwood Hwy (1km, 169.2km) Those wishing to dash for home at end of Dorset Road can do so, those wanting to return to Maccas at Fountain Gate S/C can continue 29. R Glenfern Rd (1.6km, 170.8km) 30. R at RND to Lysterfield Rd 31. C along past shops and striaght through traffic lights at cross roads (4.2km, 175km) Best twisties on the ride IMO, but currently undertaking roadworks. Watch out for loose surface. 32. L at Wellington Road (4.6km, 179.6km) 33. R at RND Belgrave Hallam Road (6.6km, 186.2km) 34. Cross Heatherton Road onto Narre Warren North Rd. 35. C along Narre Warren North Road until reaching Princes Hwy (7km, 193.2km) 36 R onto Princes Hwy towards Dandenong.