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Presidents Report September 2013

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Well at this time I still don’t have a bike to ride so as to attend our Annual Memorial Ride Lyn and I drove to what was, not a hugely attended but solemn day to remember those that have Ridden On.
Our Mates
Margie Davison, David McIntyre & Albert Oosterveen
Keep the rubber on the road and ride to enjoy.
Regards Max

Birthday wishes for September –Wendy Blain, Donna McIntyre 60th, Mick Barrett 60th, Ken Pascoe, Ed Ruthenberg & Barbara Williams.
Birthday wishes for October – Tony Bendeich, Terry Davies, Wendy George, Kerry Giddings 60th, Carole Knight, Sue Kramer, Neal Loadsman, Garry Nudd, Louise Watson, Louise Wordsworth.
We wish you all a very Happy Birthday and if I have missed someone’s birthday please don’t be shy let us know. You know how we love to celebrate.
Have you changed your email address or postal address? If so, could you please let our Branch Secretary know so you can continue to receive emails or the newsletter.
Memorial Ride Sunday 8 September. Usual meeting place at MM to catch up with Donna and another couple for a chat before heading off down to SM to meet with the rest of the group of Bear, Garry, Stephen & Janelle, Darren & Donna, Max & Lyn, also in their car and their son Tim. As we are still car bound, we decided to drive straight to Paterson from Singleton to meet our group there. Our members then travelled of too Raymond Terrace Maccas, the starting point for the ride. Now on the same day was the Paterson markets, so while awaiting the riders Dave and I decided to check out the markets for any bargains. John & Barbara, Chris & Gibbo joined the group at Raymond Terrace for the ride.
Max delivered the address for our branch as Bill and Joan were away at Townsville.
The numbers on the ride seem to be well down from previous years. It was a solemn day but weather wise a beautiful sunny day to remember our mates that have ridden on.

The sausage sandwich and cold drink where well appreciated after the memorial and then it was off to the markets by some and a return to home by others.
Then it was off to Maitland Bowling Club for lunch with great company. Now this is a great time for lots of tales and laughter. But, alas all to soon it was time to depart and leave for our home destinations.
A safe journey was had by all.

Ride to Walcha 28th, 29th September: With my roster now not lining up with the latter half of the years ride calendar unless annual leave organised and being keen to go on the road I would like to share another ride Janelle and I have done. A good neighbour and friend who has just invested in a new Victory, mentioned over a beer that he and his partner was interested in a ride, with being rostered off I said Janelle and I would go along for the day, only for him to say he was looking to go for an overnight ride. Well I asked where had they planned to go to, nowhere had been finalised as yet was the reply. With this tossed around a few wants and needs and came up with a destination of Walcha, booking accommodation at the Walcha Motel.
Saturday 28th September 2013: Left Singleton at 0930 weather conditions excellent, first stop at Scone for refreshments and a so called bum stop for the unseasoned passenger with a tad of hay fever (not good in a full face helmet). The Willow Tree Hotel was taken as the next stop the owners have done a great job in the renovation of this pub worth a look. Fuel and lunch was at Tamworth before making our way to Bendemeer turning onto the Oxley Highway to Walcha. Arriving at the motel and settling into the well-presented, roomy, comfortable deluxe queen room, which has been set up for the handicapped. Once rested it was time to look for a place to dine and decided on the Ex Services Club only to find the restaurant was not operating. A few ales and then making our way down to the local pub for a feed in the Green Room restaurant, moving into the main bar to catch the finals of the rugby league while having a good laugh and watching the Knights being defeated (bugger) then back to the motel for a good night’s rest.

Sunday 29th September 2013: After enjoying a hot breakfast in our room, it was time to prepare to make our way home. This motel is a popular stop over for motorcyclists, so on packing gear onto our machines others were preparing to leave also. Light conversation was taken during their start up with a Ducati just not wanting to play the game close to a flat battery and push starting unsuccessful. The unit was left in the sun so the owner could regather his thoughts, tried another restart and bang away it went (got to love European). With the motel bill paid, we left and made our way down Thunderbolts Way stopping and taking in the view from Carson’s Lookout.
On the road again, stopped at the Avon Valley Inn in Gloucester along with several other bikes, parked outside, taking in a cool drink with a light lunch, and checking out the Roadies Café to see what bikes were on display inside. Fuelled up at the new Woolworths Complex (wow the town is modernising). Next bum stop was the Beatty Hotel at East Gresford then onto Singleton. Excellent trip road conditions were quite good.

Coonabarabran Ride 19-20 October 2013: Gasket, Tiger, Stephen and Janelle, Jim and Cathy met at Singleton ready with a fine weather forecast and the open road ahead.
Arriving at Muswellbrook, we met by David Moffitt – just wanting to know who was going on the ride but supposedly doing a ‘dump run’.
Travelling through to Scone then Merriwa for morning tea, we walked into the bakery and ‘scared’ some old people away from their seats and table so we settled down for a treat.
Making our way to Coolah and the Black Stump Hotel for tank and tummy refill and then onto Coonabarabran for our night stop. No dramas, open road, bikes humming just cruising along and enjoying the scenery.
Sitting outside Tigers room chewing the fat and remembering the people we scared away at Merriwa, they were staying in the same motel! Started chatting this time and we mostly all hailed from the Kurri Kurri area. They were off to the Coonabarabran Races on Monday. Over to the Bowling Club for the evening meal and Stephen says the mixed grill was ok!
Stephen P. & Cathy S.
Ulysses RV AGM Meeting October 2013 at Mudjimba
By Monday
Stephen Penfold.
Coonabarabran Ride 19-20 October 2013: Gasket, Tiger, Stephen and Janelle, Jim and Cathy met at Singleton ready with a fine weather forecast and the open road ahead.
Arriving at Muswellbrook, we met by David Moffitt – just wanting to know who was going on the ride but supposedly doing a ‘dump run’.
Travelling through to Scone then Merriwa for morning tea, we walked into the bakery and ‘scared’ some old people away from their seats and table so we settled down for a treat.
Making our way to Coolah and the Black Stump Hotel for tank and tummy refill and then onto Coonabarabran for our night stop. No dramas, open road, bikes humming just cruising along and enjoying the scenery.
Sitting outside Tigers room chewing the fat and remembering the people we scared away at Merriwa, they were staying in the same motel! Started chatting this time and we mostly all hailed from the Kurri Kurri area. They were off to the Coonabarabran Races on Monday. Over to the Bowling Club for the evening meal and Stephen says the mixed grill was ok!
Stephen P. & Cathy S.

Ulysses RV AGM Meeting October 2013 at Mudjimba
By Monday October 14 we had 7 caravans set up from the Upper Hunter Branch. Jenny & Robbie, Sandy & George, Lucy & Graeme, Diane & Mark, Sylvia & Keith, Phil & Ann and John & myself.

We have all been partaking in different activities – swimming in the Ocean and Pool, cruising up the river, fishing in the Ocean, Robbie and John have been fishing on the River in Robbie’s boat and a lot of sleeping near the road.Thursday evening the Park Manager supplied a sausage sizzle cooked by the RV members and was appreciated by all.
Friday was Craft Day, Sylvia, Diane, Lucy, Ann, Sandy, Jenny and myself painted bags

Then we walked to the beachside cafes for lunch while the Guys had lunch at the Tavern

Saturday Lucy and Graeme left us for home as Lucy has a Hospital appointment on Tuesday. The very casual AGM with a sausage sizzle held at midday followed with a baked dinner in the evening and entertainment.

Sunday we all went off to the Kawana Caravan show.
Monday Diane & Mark and Ann & Phil left today for their journey home.
The rest of us will be leaving on the 28th slowly heading to Yamba then on to Nambucca Heads, John and I will be heading straight home after a couple of nights at Yamba to get ready for the Tassie trip
Barbara Williams

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