Last Sunday I was finally able to join a ride with the Ducati Owners Club Victoria. There are rides several times a month but they are usually East of Melbourne and it would take me about 2h just to get to the starting point, from where I live on the Bellarine Peninsula.
This time however, I went to Melbourne on Saturday already and stayed overnight, so it was easy for me to get there on Sunday. I really wanted to come along because it looked like a great route and good weather. And most of the crazy fast riders were on Phillip Island for the WSBK season opening weekend. I found a cheap hotel with good parking in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne, making it a viable option to ride in on Saturdays. I might do that more often in the future.
We started at Diamond Creek and rode to Yea for a coffee break, before continuing to Eildon for lunch at the Golden Trout pub. Yea was full of bikes, clearly very popular – not just for Ducati riders. After lunch we crossed the dam to the other side. I should have taken some photos because it looked pretty awesome to see 30 bikes slowly ride over the dam.
From there we made our way to Yarra Glen to finish the ride, and some of the roads were spectacular – at least until you get stuck behind a slow car. There was a fair bit of police around all day, so most riders tried not to do any crazy overtaking.
For future rides I need to remember keeping some emergency cash in my wallet. I’m used to paying everything with card, but in regional areas there is often a $10 minimum for card payments, and when you just want to top up fuel at a service station you’re often dependent on cash then. I only had $20 in my pockets for the trip and just so managed to get by.