2017 Alice Springs HOG Christmas Toy Run

2017 Christmas Toy Run

And so ’twas that Santa rallied bikers far and wide
To take to the streets of Alice and ride.
Some 68 bikes answered the call with passengers on back or toys of all sorts.
These riders that came are all real good sports.
Some money changed hands, a score not yet told
But the Salvos were grateful, ’tis help for the poor.
Christmas cheer rode in two file to boot
With waves from the townsfolk for bikes that did toot.
The elven trike rumbled through Todd River with Santa on back
Moses controlled it the pace Marty set.
Undoolya, Kurrajong then Spearwood to town.
Down South Terrace then Gap Rd where folks did turn round.
To see all these bikes, tremendous I’m sure
Harley’s, Triumphs, Honda’s and more.
Suzuki’s, Spyders and a cross over bike
That steered like a car but sounds like a trike.
As more bikes passed by the folks give a wave,
Christmas is coming with no time to save.
Round Tom Brown Roundabout most cars let us through
We keep it together down Bradshaw but did pass a few.
Larapinta to Lovegrove and Smith Street did fare,
And waved to the workers with no time to spare.
Brown Street on Woods with speed bumps to slow,
or knock some nuts up the tree for a row.
Did you see all the faces of kids filled with glee
as the Dog Rider passed by ’em with a wave just for free.
Up Head Street round Dixon with families abound
Keep tootin’ keep hootin’ we’ll see who’s got sound.
Stuart Highway’s the right way to head back to start
But first Will’s Terrace then Bath Street to part.
The crowds ventured out to see such a fuss
Made by bikes crowding roadways you couldn’t fit a bus.
Now Gregory onto Hartley and saw people everywhere
and so many looked twice and most just to stare.
What crazy notion lets machines such as these
Block up the traffic, congest half the streets if you please.
‘Tis Christmas, it’s coming, we’re here to remind you
There’s poor folk out there can’t afford what you do.
Need presents for thier kids so they too can share
The joy that is Chrismas, give gifts, Give a care.

Duktape, HOG Editor, Webmaster and Assistant Director of Alice Springs HOG and the Chapter thanks all participants for making this an Event.
Nice pics courtesy of Erin.

Ride Report – Glen Helen 26th Nov 2017

Tales from the Dukside
Glen Helen 26th November 2017
 
And thus the last ride before Christmas is taken by 8 happless riders with 3 of our lovely lassess on board. Now I was sure we had it down as a 9am depart but with Mouthguard throwing in some confusion with messaging Standley Chasm it is no surprise information was a bit murky.
 
I pulled up at the bowser to tank up at 8:37am with a nice group already ammassed, they had already started putting helments on heads. No mind, I’ll catch up………. 2nd set of traffic lights, there they were and the luck of the lights were with me to put me behind Young Will (who was obviously not coming all the way as displayed by the double plugger Sunday best Thongs on his feet. Another bloke pulled up with him at Flynns Grave and I prepared to climb up the rank & file. Having taken on the Editors cap Duktales is now official (I WILL NOT BE SILENCED …..Hehehe). So the camera cord loop slipped easily over my fingerless gloves and we were ready for action. “Click” Big Kev was first as I pulled up alongside, Sharon smiled (I think) under her helmet and the Street Glide looked sweet as.
 
Overtaking them one at a time we had Rolf, Peter & Jeanette, Crackers, A-a-Ron with Ann and Marty. But by the time we got up the Ellery Look-out the stranger who pulled up earlier had caught up. It was Hagar, see I was right. A stranger it was as Hagar hasn’t been allowed out while Helga’s Kitchen overhaul was in progress. On to Glen Helen under a blanket of grey cloud the land gave up a fantastic contrast. There was still plenty heat on the road but the relief from the hot sun was welcome. Once at Glen Helen the inferred correct departure time for this ride played it’s hand – The Kitchen does not start Cooking for Lunch until 11o’clock and since we arrived at 10:30 a beer and packet of chips would have to surfice. GH has is looking good with it’s permanent Tents for camping and now building an amenities block to attract grey nomads and thier caravans. With pretty much the only river to hold water all year the escarpment dropping into the water is only masked by the reeds. Ducks abound, top spot for lunch.
 
As we all preped for the ride home I duely noted Rolf taking a short detour around the vacant land between the heli-pad and the tents. Obviously looking for a spot to park his new Glampervan to break up the monotany of Ross River. So check it out as the photos show, we got dumped on as we left Glen Helen but the temperature dropped enough for it to feel great. Marty tried to pull up for a break at Hugh River but A-a-Ron was having none of it. Kev too broke off after him so I hammered down as well. Soon all and sundry were hoiyking it down the road at a decent pace in order to dry off (no more rain here but it looked like Alice was copping it hard.
 
Next ride – Toy Run.
Regards Duktape.

New Committee Elected for 2017-2018

The results are in and this is our newly elected Committee:-

Director: Kevin “Big Kev” Everett

Assistant-Director: Richard “Duktape” Blom

Treasure: Michelle Mitchell

Secretary: Geoff “Crackers” Murphy

Head Road Captian: Martin “Neverready” Derksen

Safety Officer: Jarrad “Jigga” Torres

Ladies of Harley: Sharon Everett

Webmaster/Editor:  Richard “Duktape” Blom

Activities Officer: Martin “Neverready” Derksen

Road Captains:
John “Mouthguard” Dawkins
Dennis “Hagar” Bielby
Richard “Duktape” Blom
Craig “Dobby” Cassidy

 

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 20 & 21

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 20 & 21

Written by Kevin Everett · 2 November at 16:47 · Marla ·

So…last night of the trip….we busted out 790 kays today… 35 c in the afternoon… both myself ( Big Kev) and Mouthgaurd decided that Marla looks good for a rest up… we could nt do another 2 metres today… however super couple Ted and Marty have pushed on further.. with Ted hopin to be homnight..all our minds are on getting home for a well earned rest…were at about 7800 kays so far with 450 left to go..
The trip has been a hoot and great experience for all of us…much of the funny shit that happened has to stay on the trip of course.. a little sadnes creeps in as its almost over…….cant wait for the next one…Big Kev signing out…….
BAND OF bros trip 2017……….legendary  😎 😎 😎 😎

 

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 21

 

Written by Kevin Everett · 3 November at 14:02 ·

okwki dowki.. 7,200 kilometres, done and dusted, now a couple of days rest before work on Monday…trip was a hoot, would recommend to anybody in the club, get a couple of mates and ride….

Editor: sorry no pictures for a few of these days of Mischief & Mayhem. What happens on this road trip stays with the lovers of the open road.

 

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 19

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 19

Written by John Dawkins · 1 November at 18:49 ·
So today’s ride report. Well big Kev and I left Mildura and Marty and Kev left Robinvale approx 90 K’s behind. Kev and I had brekky at Renmark. Some amazing roads but a very cold morning and as I wore. Summer gloves and jacket thinking the day would warm up I froze. It was about 5 Celsius. Marty and Kev continued their tour of Museums and managed to cram in a couple more today on top of yesterday’s two or three. I think they are planning on making a movie 🎥 called a night at the museum 3 & 4. We all met up today at Port Augusta where the last couple of legs begin. Tomorrow Coober Pedy and back in the Alice on Friday. It’s been a great ride with a great bunch of guys, met some great people along the way and renewed old friendships at Harley Days. Personally I enjoyed Harley days and from people who have attended both this years event was much better with than last years. The thunder run is hard to do well in such a built up area and my suggestion would be to scrap it altogether. But the Music was good the stalls were great food and booze was reasonably priced and a fun time was had by all. I strongly recommend other club members get out and do trips of this nature attend some rallies or go on some good long runs. You can’t help but have a laugh along the way and see some of this amazing country. It doesn’t matter where you go just go and do it with a few mates you will not regret it.

Addition by Kevin Everett · 1 November at 11:38 ·Crystal Brook, South Australia. Ok stopped for lunch.. finally warming up just had 90 kays of twisty Goyder hiway.. yippee.. except for cheeky kamakaze fox 20 kays back.

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 18

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 18

Written by Kevin Everett · 31 October · Mildura, VIC ·

So we are now heading home.. we split the group today with Ted and Marty going on an adventure of thier own in Echuca… Mouthguard and Big Kev headed to the Riverena area of N S W enjoying the country side and the quirky towns inbetween…we checked out a couple of bakeries and a small cafe with a dodgy looking front Nd furniture and staff fron the 1930,s a few fuel stops later some wineries.. almond farms and olive oil farms we hit Mildura….both of us starting to feel 3 weeks of touring.. losing much of our mobility and crawling and stumbling around… a hot shower the only saving grace and my tube of dencorub…

.. yesterday we called into Albury for the night and Big Kev got a new rear dunlop eleite 3 tyre…bloody last 20kays in cold wet and windy conditions.. otherwise a quiet days travel

Hope to join up with Ted and Marty on the road tomorrow… Big Kev

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 16

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 16

Written by Marty Derksen · 29 October ·

It’s quite funny when it’s 5 am in the morning and you got Teddy in the room rumbling away like a semi awake volcano,occasionally going quiet and then erupting in a violent outburst, needless to say that my sleep is over for this night. Today the idea is to embark on the thunder run for the Wollongong Harley days,now for another band of brothers moment,Kevvy advises us that he packed the ladies of Harley flag instead of the chapter flag,now are you serious??After the ABC debacle I don’t intend to ride around Wollongong with a ladies of Harley flag,people might get the wrong idea if you know what I mean.i love my sisters ofHarley dearly but to display their symbol of freedom might come over as a act of treason.So now I have carried the flagpole for about 4000 kms for s.f.all.Thanks Kev.Its kinda funny, but I’m already looking forward to tomorrow to carry on with the trip,having watched the screaming eagles and the black sorrows performing last night,we cramped into a cab to take us back to the hotel, now that’s a story in itself, getting into a cab with these blokes is no easy feat, let alone getting out of one. Tomorrow is gonna be a day of mixed feelings as it will be 12 months to the day that I lost my wife and dear friend of many to that dreadful disease that has taken so many loved ones .Wish she was still here to poke me in the ribs when the cornering went to quick for her liking.So it’s off to Albury tomorrow so Kev can get a new tire at Phil’s Garage, always good to pay a visit to that shop!Now it’s time for me to get up and have a shower before the volcano wakes up and wants to be doused.Rant over, Duncle.

Addition by Kevin Everett · 29 October at 16:33 · Wollongong ·

WRAP UP…Harley Days 2017
Vendors great
Harley displays awesome
Organisation awesome
Signage needed but pretty good
Bands great
Venue excellent
Hotel very good
Rides awesome
Traffic too much…shit
Attraction for other riders other than Harley…. failure… shame
But this was a Harley show with Hoggies in their hundreds

Enjoyed the show..was a lot of fun……best part of the 3 days…..Marty, TEDDY AND Mouthgaurd……terrific mates.. couldnt have picked 4 better people to travel with..

HARLEY days 2017 was great.. been there done that… Townsville next
TA Big Kev

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 15

Band of Brothers Tour – Day 15

Published by Kevin Everett · 28 October at 11:50 · Wollongong ·

Harley Days.

Ok guys Big Kev here… bargin of the trip so far flow through Harley Jacket.. marked down from $300.00 to a megre $75.00 whooo hoo pics attached.. ohh buy the way Mouthguard bought one in Dandenong for $350.00 … big smiles from meeeeee.

Lick it, Lick it Good

Our open road lovers are at it again