Mini Girder Fork Tour - 2015 Day 1.
Monday 25 May - Friday 29 May 2015
photos and story by Bailey Rowe route director and organiser Graham Ward
With a few of the regular Girder Fork Tour bikes having undergone repairs since the last tour, it was decided that we have an over-night run to Boreen Point, in order to ensure that the machines were up to the task of the next four day tour, coming up in late May 2015 However this soon became a three day run with a second nights stop at Kandanga It is amazing how “out of control” the biking Gods are. To be sure that all proposed roads were still intact after the recent cyclonic floods Clappers and I rode the course on our newer Guzzis This was not all smooth sailing as Keith gashed his rear tyre tea on a stone requiring the purchase of two new tyres at Gympie, where Peter Richmond of Gympie Moto arranged this much appreciated good deed after closing time I do not know if you would get this sort of service in Brisbane.
With the route checked and accommodation booked, seven trusty Girder Forkers departed Virginia on Tuesday, March 10th and headed across the back of Narangba to Wamuran and Elimbah before taking the Old Gympie Road to follow the train line to Palmwoods and on to Dulong. This area has some of the best motor cycle roads you could ever ask for. The dirt section through Wappa Dam created our first mishap, with Rex’s Calthorpe spiking a rear tyre. No major problem as the local bike shop fitted a new one whilst we lunched at Yandina. The final section was through Eumundi and via Sunrise Road to Tewantin, then north to the hotel at Boreen Point, a great place to stay on a bike tour.
Local HMCCQ members, John & Trish Dunphy joined us for dinner and a chat, a very pleasant night!