It was a rainy Sunday morning in October 2018 when 8 motorbikes, two pillions and an RV left Woy Woy (Central Coast NSW) on a trip to Broken Hill. Taking us four and a half days and 1300 klms to arrive, including several overnight stops at Parkes, Hay, and Mildura. We all finally arrived safely in Broken Hill. Bags unpacked, bike gear off, we then went into town for a quick look around. AT 6.30pm we headed to the Musicians Club, where we were greeted by members of the Broken Hill Branch. Over dinner we talked about our journey and were given lots of advice on what we could forward to seeing and doing during our stay.
It was suggested by a couple of members that they would like to take us on a local ride to Menindee Lakes, so arrangements were made to meet us at our Motel on Saturday at 9.30.
Saturday arrives and Daryl, Eugene, Ray, Trevor, Tracy and John met us as agreed and we set off on our journey, with a quick stop at Quondong where there was once a pub with its own cricket pitch. Nothing remains today – only rubble, a rusty old car and lots of stories. Back on our bikes we headed to Copi Hollow for morning tea with Schmiddy (Branch President) and his wife, who were currently managing the caravan park for friends.
They supplied us with morning tea and we enjoyed their favourite YOYO biscuits. Trevor gave us some information about the lake system and everyone reminisced about holidays and good times that they had at the lake. We said our goodbyes and headed to Menindee pub for lunch, where we enjoyed good food and good company. After lunch we returned to Broken Hill, with a quick stop at Lake Menindee also known as the Sunshine Strip, to discover that the lake was completely dry, due to the diversion of water further up stream in order to assist the Queensland cotton farmers. Back on our bikes again we headed back to Broken Hill enjoying the scenery and a few bends along the way.
As we said our goodbyes it was suggested that we might like to join them for their Sunday morning coffee ride. How could we turn them down after the great hospitality that they showed us? We gathered at their meeting place in Broken Hill and then rode 40klms out of town to a pit stop where 50 plus motorcycles were randomly parked on the side of the road. Everyone flocked to the trailer which in its previous life was a fridge / freezer, for a cuppa and biscuit. Several Broken Hill members were selling raffle tickets and two of the lucky winners were Kay and Steve Turton from the Woy Woy Branch. After thanking everyone for their kindness we headed into town for lunch at the Demo, to catch up with more of our new found friends.
Thank you to all the Broken Hill members for making us feel so welcome and we look forward to returning the gesture when you visit us on the Central Coast.
From the Woy Woy Peninsula Branch