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The Three Amigos
« on: 10.12. 2019 02:38 »
A few days ago, three members of this forum rode together in "Orabandon 2019".
You might like to see the Cream of The Crop: Gavin (standing behind his A10), Peter in Aus at his left, and myself wearing the WA VMCC shirt.
We did 230 fun filled miles, despite the heat (41C on Friday, followed by 40C on Saturday).
Stay tuned for the report!
Richard

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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #1 on: 10.12. 2019 04:14 »
Hi Richard, U beat me to it, I did post one but it has disappeared into siber space??? thanks for inviting me I rely enjoyed the ride. I think it was a bit hotter than 41C on Friday, in my car it was showing 45C out side at 5PM
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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #2 on: 10.12. 2019 08:35 »
Looking forward to pictures and story.

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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #3 on: 11.12. 2019 04:22 »
40 plus and you blokes are out there riding, I salute you!!

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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #4 on: 11.12. 2019 06:58 »
I feel a hint of envy... Have been putting up with either -7, freezing fog or hissing rain and gales in the last week. Quite scenic here at home though. And yes, I was out on the bike in this shortly after.
2 twins, 2 singles, lots of sheep

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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #5 on: 11.01. 2020 15:01 »
As will become evident, months of planning went into a highly organized weekend ride from Kalgoorlie to 3 outlying centres. 16 bikes arrived after a day of either being trailered, or 2 days of riding, to cover upto 800km to get there. Unless you happened to be a local. Richard Argus (Orabanda) organized the entire event and also provided his workshop as a base for the ride, endless assistance to other riders n bikes, and a support team who provided food, cold drinks n cooling scarves, picnic facilities and much more, as will be seen in the photo coverage.
Temperatures for the event were a mild Aussie 40c – 45c so sometimes the ride was what I always imagined a mobile sauna would be like. Well-aged bikes and riders acquitted themselves amazingly. Never have so many icy poles been more appreciated n rapidly consumed at each stop by the travelling pack of old boys.

What follows will I hope will fit the forum posting boundaries, and yet not be in too many instalments.

Thursday
Setting out, just 600km behind the wheel today.
Old Boys inspecting old bikes at Richard’s workshop.
Support ute prepared by the Cudini family, son Tim Pictured.

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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #6 on: 11.01. 2020 15:07 »
continuing Thursday...

Ken Marshall was a major bike seller / repairer for many years in Kal. Photos are of his home shed that we visited.
2 old boys n 2 old bikes. Hope you enjoy the rustic (but very feisty) Scott Squirrel.
Sunset in Kal.
Flanagan’s Hotel. A very welcome watering hole.

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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #7 on: 11.01. 2020 16:19 »
Great images. Happy days!

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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #8 on: 11.01. 2020 23:56 »
Friday on my mind.
Following our intrepid leader, we visit Mt Charlotte, overlooking Kalgoorlie. The visit was extended by someone who spent so much time helping others his own bike was a tad neglected before the run. It responded well to a roadside “tweak” of the carby n  cables. We think Richard responded just as well to advice from “Peter in Aus”.  Richard’s devoted wife of 39 years, Melissa, is impersonating Mary Poppins.
The Mt Charlotte Reservoir is the feeder to Kalgoorlie of water pumped from Mundaring weir, about 560km west. This Massive project was completed in 1903 under the supervision of C Y O’Connor and holds a powerful place in our State’s history. Initially it pumped 1.26m gallons a day and now supplies 9m gallons daily.

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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #9 on: 12.01. 2020 00:08 »
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Re: The Three Amigos
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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #11 on: 12.01. 2020 03:59 »
Go West young man:
We head 50 mile north west of Kal though an area littered with working gold mines to Richard’s stamping ground, the former city of Ora Banda where about 2000 miners worked the area in the early 1900’s after 2 prospectors came up with 1000oz in a month. The population is now about 5 !! (once Richard left)
The remains of a famous pub still draws visitors to the area where tales of a former Publican (Retired Detective Superintendent) and a bikie eerily shot dead and a revenge killing, can be heard being whispered among the breezes in the trees.
Photo’s reveal the Aussie desire for shade, water, respite from 43c riding and an amazing history of the area from one who knows it well.

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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #12 on: 12.01. 2020 04:02 »
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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #13 on: 12.01. 2020 04:08 »
Former Days
We paused at the Ora Banda cemetery, photos speak for themselves, the last shot is a tribute to the mateship surrounding a Norton which after the cemetery decided to give up the ghost. (A new rotor and stator plate will see it rise to its former glory again)

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Re: The Three Amigos
« Reply #14 on: 12.01. 2020 04:10 »
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