Tyler’s Pass Ride – 28th January 2018

The first official ride will be to Tyler’s Pass on Sunday 4th February leaving at 8:30am Sharp.

Originally scheduled for Sunday 28th January but moved on account of extreme heat (anticipating 41 degr out there).

This ride will be 385k’s round trip from Liberty Servo to Hermannsburg for Coffee and Scones then on through the glorious twisting Tyler’s Pass and lunch at Glen Helen. Allow most of the day for this most excellent ride.

New Year – 1st Ride 2018

Happy New Year Riders.
 
Tuesday Ride – anyone not working Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Marty Neverready is going to Ross River for a spin.
 
Depart from Liberty Servo at 8:30am. It will be only 34 degr. so a pleasant day out.

Christmas Light Ride

Tales from the Dukside:
Christmas Lights Ride.
 
Did I say the Dice Run was the last ride? But wait there’s more, a tour of all the pretty Lights was to come the very same evening. Although a different cast of members turned up at the Todd Tavern for a Christmas Dinner like all others to be had at the pub. Nonetheless it was nice and good company maketh the night. So we assembled behind tour guide Marty who hopefully found all the good spots. Russ was allowed to ride his new/2nd hand Road King which now actually belongs to Michelle. A friend called Moana before the movie stole it, came to ride bitch for Marty. Rolf gave up Glampervaning to take Di on the ride, Crackers and Jigga rode themselves. For a once a year treat, Jackie decided to come on the back with me (Ok, twice this year coz or NT Rally was the best event ever). That just leave Big Al and Susan plus other Martin brought his young’un for a loook.
 
There were some very nice displays out this year but a bit sparse so you do have to pay attention. One of the first houses on “The Links” had a giant see saw set up and some nice sights down Eagle Court. For a real treat it’s up Werlatye Court, Mount Johns (have an other go – Wirl-at-ye) bloody engerish langridge! Of coarse this ride would not rate if we didn’t go past our Directors house and Rev him Up for not showing up. Woosy boy, just coz the mercury didn’t dip below 38 degress celcius even at 9pm.
 
Old mate on the corner of Larapinta and Bradshaw Drives put on his usual good show but to be sure, one of the best displays was up the end of Albrecht Drive, the roof, the walls, the garage and the garden are all on display. This guy will go nuts if he gets it all tangled up taking it down. Awesome Effort. 

Last Ride of 2017 – Dice Run

Tales from the Dukside:
Sunday 17th Dec – Last Ride of 2017.
 
With Marty taking his role as Activities Officer very seriously the call was put out for a Dice Run close to town for the last spin of the year.
 
Me, I turned up half hour late due to a bit of an evening the night before and enjoying a sleep in. The trick now was to determine the first stop on a 4 stop ride. The attendant at the servo said “There were about 6 Harleys left half an hour ago”, “They were the usual ones that come here on Sundays”. “They went North” he summarised. First roll at the start, the second at the Tropic of Capricorn so the’d likely be on the way back. North it is! Once in the hills to the north of Alice a Road Train slowed proceedings to 80clicks and not 5 minutes ticked when 7 bikes thundered past in the opposite direction. Kingsley up the rear was a dead give away and I made a u’ey then settled in passing the tailender. Apparently Kingsley likes to take up the rear (by his own admission) and likes to toddle in behind to take in the scenery. “Not ready to get in amongst the crowd yet” proclaimed the newcomer.
 
Atop Anzac Hill pleasantries were soon dispensed with as the need to take up 2 rolls of the dice put me up for a toss. Big Kev held back on the dice and announced that late comers would need to pay double to enter thus a nice new plastic Orange bill had to leave my pocket. It’s only money. $20 bucks, “no matter” I said. I’ll be taking the pot home today. Alas Kev obviously rigged my first throw which netted a couple of 3’s and a 4. Next roll wasn’t much better. Kingsley was maintaining the lead.
 
A breather and a cool drink at BP then on to Simpsons Gap. Crackers parked a mile away from everyone so as not to have any bad luck rub off from us losers. Kev hurled long and reaped a small come-back. George and new bloke Martin did ok on this round as did Young Steven. Hereafter a short meander at somewhat near the upper crust of the speed limit through Honeymoon Gap and the rural blocks of Ilparpa (pronounced ill-parpa, seriously we fucked up the English language using letters that do not match the pronunciation. Of course we would do it again when we showed our Indiginous brothers how to write their language). Any hoo, on to the Double Tree by Hilton for a posh toss in the foyer. One of the attendants frowned a bit but the young lassie had a smile ear to ear as 8 leather clad bikers rolled for thier dignity money. Kev’s lad Tom came along hoping to pip the punters out of thier hard earned cash too.
Smacking down a big breaky at the hotel Kev anounced that the leader up until the last round was still Kingsley. But tossing up a couple of ones and threes put his aspirations back in his dream catcher. On the other hand Crackers bounced out as big a number as could be to take the kitty.
 

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.