Touring with Gibbo
Tassie Targa 2018
The Rallyman Rally @ the Lunatic Hotel, 2018 was a hoot. Only about 200ish people there, as its the first time at this venue, but great! The band Sabotage blew us all away. Onya Kog, a great event. It was very civilised. The first time I have seen a baby at a motorcycle rally.
As usual, this is someone else's fault. I actually can't remember who the guilty person is, but it would be one of the 'usual suspects' of the UNEMCC. Having 'conquered' the half lap in 2017, and with club mantra 'one long run a year', I guess there is some logic, no matter how well hidden.
If you have read the half lap drivel, you will know it was 4/3/2/1/3/2/1 in terms of the number of lunatics on the run at different spots. It all worked just fine, mainly with pubs and some camping. Bill and I have done the Tassie ride before, about 10 years ago, and it was a hoot. Probably the best riding I have ever done. I was on the Mantis then, this year the Vulcan with considerably less ground clearance.. could be interesting.
This gig is a week in Tassie (25th November, 2018 and back 1st December) over and back on the 'lime juice tub' leaving Station Pier, St. Kilda, Melbourne. This time there are 7 lunatics, and this time pubs all the way, cutting down vastly on the amount of crap we have to carry. It will be interesting to see how 7 of us ride together through the almost no straight road in Tassie.
The plot is we arrive at Station Pier from all part of Oz on 25th, and take it from there.
Compared to the 1/2 lap, this is pretty easy. Here to Tassie, round Tassie, and back I reckon that's an oil change and about 5,000 kms. I have met guys on un-gentlemanly bikes like Ducatis who 'do' Tassie (at Warp 4 speed) carrying only changes of undies, socks and and the odd T-shirt. While this may be their gig, it is essentially uncivilised. Some comfort, the normal crap for we have a breakdown, or, blow a tyre thinking is needed, as well as room to store the best quality fruits of the grape and barley are essentials. We are all in our 60's and none of us are on 'crouch rockets'.
I best head off and get the Vulcan ready.