Article by Jim Bishop
This run started with a question mark due to predicted wet and windy weather forecasted for Sunday. A Saturday morning event when the Highway was blocked with fallen trees at Ferndale at the base of the Black Spur, led me to have a talk with Michael and Kim (who also questioned the run to Marysville) on Saturday morning.
We decided to alter the itinerary cancelling the drive over the mountains to Marysville for safety concerns’, we did go to the Bakery at Healesville and from there contacted various sites where we might be able to have lunch, we were able to secure a booking for 20 people at the Club Kilsyth Bayswater Nth.
So now to start the run.
Kay and I arrived at Coldstream at 10.20 to find Garry and Judy, Daryl and Jeanette, Wayne, and Anna, already there, also Andrew and Aldo soon turned up.
While we waited for the group from the club rooms to arrive two motor cycle policemen set up among us with their speed camera, they soon pulled over two guys in a rough looking 4 wheel drive with really big over size tyres towing a trailer with another similar vehicle on board that had club H plates fitted!!.The tow vehicle copped a canary for the oversize wheels and the H plates were removed from the other vehicle with lots of paper work being issued.
With our entertainment finished our other members turned up. We informed every one of the changers to the run, unfortunately Gary and Lesley were missed, and we all headed of for Healesville with Bruce and I taking up the rear. When we arrived at the Bakery Bruce said Gary had not turned for Healesville but gone straight ahead towards Yarra Glen, Big Trev called Gary only to find that he was almost at Marysville!, he turned around and came back to join us at the Bakery. Once again I apologise to Gary and Lesley for this mistake.
In another incident that I did not find out about until the day after (Monday) Ray and Judy Edsall had driven straight to Marysville expecting us to be there. Sorry you missed us folks.
I think it is obvious to avoid things like this happening again that if members are not going to meet at designated enroute locations, they need to ring to confirm the run, as we do not know all who plan to attend, and it is not possible to contact all members at short notice. We did announce the changes for the run-on Facebook.
This does raise the need for members to let us know if you are going to the destination alone.
Anyway, back to the run, we all enjoyed morning tea at the Bakery after the pleasant drive to Healesville, then we had another pleasant drive to the Club Kilsyth were we settled in for a really nice afternoon having lunch and a few drinks with great company. We all started heading home around 3pm, I am not sure what the weather conditions were like on the mountain later in the afternoon? but better to be wise than sorry safety comes first.
We will defiantly have a future run to Marysville in nicer weather.
Even in light of the inclement weather we had 22 members and 8 earlies attend.
Members with earlies.
Gary and Lesley Beardsley
Daryl and Jeanette Dunn
Gary and Judy Hislop
Brenton and Lyn Schier
Ray and Judy Edsall
Jim and Kay Bishop
Trevor and Sue Dempsey
Wayne and Anna Fleming
Bruce and Lillian Graham