A wonderful sunny morning greeted us and made all those sacrificed goats worth it. 11 bikes (12 people) were present although none of them had a new bike (the club is changing). After a few obligatory photos by the Colonel (he assured us that he did not use facial recognition, but Lesley kept her helmet on just in case) we set off down the old highway and down to Picton Rd, and then down Mt Kembla, where we regrouped at Unanderra and then along to the Dapto dogs turn off, around the back of Avondale and along to Mt Marshall road. This road has been recently resurfaced and is now a very smooth ride. After reaching Albion Park rail, we took back roads to Jamberoo where we settled in at the park and had a good chat.
After mornos four people left to return home while six of us continued. We backtracked to Macquarie Pass (I wonder if and when Jamberoo Pass will reopen) and had a surprisingly good run up Mac pass (those goats were proving to be a good investment) and then along the tourist road to Kangaloon. Unfortunately, the range road was closed for roadworks but perhaps the road will become more civilised, hopefully without additional traffic. Approaching Bowral Keith took over the lead to get us across Mt Gibraltar and I then lead us through the Y towns, along the dingo road and into Tahmoor after yet another detour round a closed road.
Lunch at the pub was good although the price has increased to $15 (cost of living crisis) but was still good value. After another good chat we returned via Picton, Douglas Park and Broughton Pass and then along Appin Rd and back up the old highway to Heathcote where we said our goodbyes. All in all, a good ride on a good day.
Jim Postie Sutherland