Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Gold Coast Australia
G'day Gary, how was Byron?
Before we get carried away with this being the ride from hell I think I should explain a couple of things.
We had about twenty riders and from the start there was the choice to join either group A, or group B.
Group A occasionally departed the more formed gravel roads to do the technical 4x4 trail sort of stuff, this group included most of the DR's and Steve and Gareth on their Stroms, and the guys on the Aprillas. It was in these sections that most of the unfortunate things happened. And it must be said, they were all just that, unfortunate incidents. Where Gareth broke his leg, he was negotiating around a tree root on the trail at slow speed, just bad luck. Steve's off was a basic fall-over, again at low speed, due more to road tyres more than anything else. Both were well within their skill level at the time.
Group B were doing the kind of roads we Strommers are all used to, well formed gravel and back-road tar.
I went with this group, as did Howard and Graham, and at no time was I out of my depth, except as I mentioned earlier I generally like to ride a little slower, I like to smell the roses.
Had you been with us Trevor and Gary, you would not have had a problem, but you would have come home dirty, dog-tired and satisfied, like the rest of us. Except for Gareth, who is understandably pissed off right now.
all in all, a good weekend, I'd have no hesitation to do it again,