Fitz's Hill Run and BBQ                
  Sunday, 11 October 2015                
                       
  Name Machine Year   Fitz's Hill Run to Orroral Valley by Allan Boyd

It was a full day for Chris and me as we left home at 8.15am to join my daughter for her 40th birthday breakfast.  After eating delicious crepes cooked by a French lass (very appropriate), we rode to the Spanish Club for the start of the ride. 

Dave was there with his “baby” his Honda 1000 on club plates and brought along his son Izaq for a Sunday ride.  Chris brought out her Suzuki because it was gathering dust in the far corners of the garage.  Although the numbers were down, everyone there milled around and had a chat before gloves and helmets went on for the ride.  

The weather was kind to us, cool and clear, and we left on time for a great ride into the mountains.  The ride out along the Monaro Highway, then via Lanyon through Tharwa, along the Naas Road over Fitz's Hill onto the Orroral Road to the site of the former Orroral Valley Tracking Station was very enjoyable.   There was little other traffic on the roads after Namadgi Visitor Centre that makes for good riding conditions along the curves and bends and hills!  However, a sharp eye was needed to look out for kangaroos on the Orroral Road section because they try to make “road kill” out of motorcyclists. 

On arrival Stan Perry and Len Skipper had hot water for a much needed cuppa and wonderful early lunch of sausages, rissoles, bacon and onions on the bbq.  A variety of breads were available to eat this delicious food selection.  Choc chip biscuits rounded out the meal.  Thank you Stan and Len.   A few walkers were milling around the carpark, and as there was plenty of food, they were offered a sausage sandwich that was accepted with gratitude.   Stew Ross arrived last, as he was the capable back-up vehicle driver, and he had no customers at this point in time.

The former Tracking Stations now offers picnic facilities, signage for those interested in the layout of the tracking station and other information about its history, and clean toilet facilities.  It is a bitumen road in and sealed parking facilities with wide grassy areas on which to picnic. 

Chris and I were some of the first to leave as I wanted to get back home asap to watch the Bathurst 1000 on TV.   The clouds were starting to darken overhead, but we had a good ride home with no rain. 

Events organiser, Phil, was not present, so Lisa stepped in and capably undertook the role.  Many thanks Lisa.  Craig wore his camera-mounted helmet. 

Thank you to all involved; a great ride in perfect motorcycling weather. 
     
  Dave Clifton Harely Davidson DL 1929        
  Rob Harris Indian Chief 1950        
  Allan Boyd BSA A10 1957        
  Greg Dahlitz BMW R75-5 1970        
  Chris Young BMW R75-5 1971        
  Peter Byatt Norton Commando 1971        
  John Pugh BSA B50SS 1971        
  Phil Donges  Norton Commando 1972        
  Gordon McMenemy Honda CBX1000 1979        
  Bill Dobie Kawasaki ZIRII 1979        
  Rob Martin Harely Davidson Shovel 1979        
  Craig Mill Suzuki DR600 1980        
  Lisa Mill Kawasaki Z500 1980        
  Ralph Knees Yamaha XV1000 1984        
  Dave Phillis Honda VF1000 1985        
  Joshua Knees Yamaha XV535 1994        
  Mark Cumberland Yamaha TRX550 1998        
  Rick Costan Ducati Monster 2000        
  Max Fielding BMW F650CS 2003        
  Michael Kitic Suzuki Bandit 2003        
  Chris Hillbrick-Boyd Suzuki VL250 2013        
  Stew Ross Back Up          
  Len Skipper BBQ          
  Stan Perry BBQ