Christmas Light Ride:-
With a small number of the Chapter still in Alice to contend with an expected Christmas hot enough to melt the wax outta old Santa’s ears it turned into a fun night starting at the Golf Club for Sunday Dinner while we waited for Sundark O’clock. The ABC was keen to take a bit of footage thus Dobbie and I attended to the interview which may or may not air depending on the questions asked. “Where are all the light displays Dobbie?”, “Light shines out of his arrrrskeme nicely and I’ll show you”…………..
Once the light faded ’twas a jolly bunch of riders with Duktape to the front and Dobbie taking up the rear. Oh! no wait, Erin took the rear on account of not being interested in sharp turns around the Cul-de-Sac’s. The ABC followed to take advantage of our local knowledge of where the lights were at (that’s Centralian for “Lets Wing It” as no one did a pre-run) and Russ n Michelle’s family followed in a Tinsel Jeep Wrangle permitted to join only because they carried an esky with correct weight in beverages. Rolf and Di also drove on account of sending their bike on to a their new home in Chihuahua (or is it Chinchilla?). Wayback Harry’s bling bike was unrivalled tonight with lights flashing brighter than the red light district of Amsterdam.
Highlight displays were in Kempeana Crescent – make a note for next year, the Corner of Larapinta and Bradshaw and in Ridges Estate Albrecht Drive. Word was placed in the ear that at the end of Albrecht Drive a young family with a modest display had a brood of young kids keen to see the Harley’s so we dropped in to give the kiddies a treat. White toothy smiles split the moonlight like the Chestershire Cat as they took turns at sitting on bikes althewhile riders panicked about bare leglets on hot chrome pipe as we were not prepared to hear “Auld Lang Syne” in screaming symphony at this hour.
Riding for the Disabled helps people with all kinds of disabilities from Down Syndrome to Post Traumatic Shock and every thing else. For years kids have had to ride in the blazing saddles under a 40degree sun. Not anymore, local support and donations have helped the Central Australian RDA centre become the envy of Australia with this magnificent undercover riding facility.
Our sponsored horse “Harley” is a favourite amongst the kids, he has personality and likes to play and seems to like his work. A handful of members attended the opening ceremony and stayed for cake and nibbles. Ulysses Club also sponsor a horse bearing it’s name thus it is excellent to see the Motorcycle Clubs of Alice Springs getting behind this worthwhile local cause.
This years Toy Run gathered at the new starting point at the Alice Springs Golf Club. So many bikes of all shapes and sizes showed off their Christmas Bling as they led Big Al Santa astride a Honda Goldwing ridden by our oldest member Neverready. Thanks for the loan Kerry Noll it made for a comfortable posterior posie for the big fella in the 40 odd degree heat. T’was lucky I had studied the route as it was thrown on me last minute to lead the parade. The trip was cut in half this year expecting the full fury of the sun to be upon us but it was actually reasonably pleasant with the wind providing relief. The townsfolk were also cheery today as the entourage progressed through Hartley Street and Gregory Terrace then bacdk to the Golf Club for a refreshment.
A big Thanks for Coming to the Motorcycling Community of Alice Springs.
The Alice Springs Motorcycle Toy Run Route has a slight change from all other years.
Saturday 8th December Depart Golf Club 10am the ride takes this order.
Cromwell Dr -> Leichhardt Tce -> Stott Tce -> Sadadeen Rd -> Spearwood Rd -> Undoolya Rd -> Kurrajong Dr -> Undoolya Rd -> Sturt Tce -> Schwarz Cres -> Stuart Hwy -> Wills Tce -> Hartley St -> Gregory Tce -> Todd St -> Gap Rd -> Tom Brown Roundabout -> South Tce -> Stephens Rd -> Barrett Dr -> Cromwell Dr -> Golf Club
VENUE CHANGE – DATE CHANGE
The October meeting is moved to the Golf Club due to cars being vandalised at the Plaza Carpark.
The new date is also changed to Wednesday October 3rd due to room bookings at the golf club. This will remain the venue unless the new committee want to test other venues.
Meeting at 7:30pm or come early for dinner.
Meeting room is around the bar to the right.
THIS DOES NOT AFFECT THE AGM. The AGM is at the Todd Tavern this Sunday at 2pm.
Meet at Liberty for a Pre Ride around the Honeymoon Loop finishing with lunch at the Tavern.
The Time and Date have been set after books were completed and handed to the director on wednesday Aug 22nd, 2018.
The current Committee will once again Vacate all Positions after the September monthly meeting and Vote in your new 2019 Committee.
Please consider having a Go at being on the Committee as new ideas keep the club strong. Absentee nominations may be presented to the Current Director or Secretary.
Date: Sunday September 16th, 2018
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Available Positions: Director / Assistant Director / Secretary / Treasurer / Ladies of Harley / Activities Officer / Web Master / Editor / Safety Officer / Photographer / Head Road Captain