Sunday, December 14, 2014

14 December - More Scooter Bob Adventures Down Under and Scooter Bob Meets Shadow Riders of Australia

Once again a sunny hello from Australia where Scooter Bob is currently seeing the sights.

A beautiful day today and time to show Scooter Bob some more of the beautiful Victorian countryside. Our destination today was Christmas Hills to attend the Christmas BBQ of the Shadow Riders of Australia, a group of riders who enjoy the Honda Shadow motorcycle in its various forms. Our first stop was the little town of Noojee, which was at one time a thriving centre for timber production. Timber was hauled from Noojee to provide housing material for a booming Victoria and dedicated enthusiasts have recently placed one of the old steam locomotives used to haul timber, in a park in Noojee. The railway line travelled through the mountainous forest clad area around Noojee and joined the main Melbourne line via 7 timber tressle bridges. Only one of these now remains and Bob visited this last vestige of a once busy industry.

From Noojee our trek continued into the Yarra Valley wine region and then to the Sugarloaf Reservoir located in Christmas Hills. This was the meeting place for a number of Victorian members of the Shadow Riders of Australia for the annual Christmas BBQ. Before meeting all the SRA members though Scooter Bob visited the actual dam wall for another photo opportunity.

Then it was time to meet the SRA members and their families and to grab a group photo.

Finally it was time for Scooter Bob and me to start the long ride home back to Traralgon.  It was such a nice afternoon we returned through the mountain route and after a coffee in Yarragon we reached home after a great ride and a fantastic day.

Total Distance 362 km

Contributed by guest blogger Theo van der Meulen


  1. Theo thanks for sharing that ride. Christmas time is so indellibly associated with winter and snow here, that I have difficulty coming to terms with it as a summertime holiday down under.

    That group shot with ScooterBob and the Shadow riders is really touching.

    All the best to you and yours for Christmas!

  2. Good pics, good riding, good fellowship.....Bobskoot would have approved.

  3. Bob would have appreciated meeting with the Shadow Riders. He was such a people person.

    I could get used to the idea of riding in the sun during X-Mas Holidays. Seems nothing wrong with it ;-)

  4. Hope Bob behaved himself up in the Yarra Valley - lots of temptations in those wineries.

  5. For a brief moment I thought I saw him smiling in that picture. Great job. :)

  6. A Christmas BBQ! What a concept. What was the reaction of the other members of the group to the scooter?

    1. There was quite a lot of interest in Bob's story and everyone though the Scooter Bob was a great way to perpetuate Bob's memory.

  7. Nice post Theo. Great day out for riding by the looks. Merry Christmas to you and the family.

  8. Aw, the group shot touched my heart. Like David, Christmas would feel weird in summer weather, but, like Sonja, I could probably adapt.