Black Cat Run 2020

First of all thank you to Harry for towing the back up trailer, Crabbes Creek General Store for looking after our group very well and Tyalgum Pub for putting on a great lunch for all us hungry motorcycle riders. Well what a year it’s been, floods, fires and the virus but hopefully we are back up and running as a club again and what a way to start back with 40 bikes turning up for the Black Cat Run on the 21st of June. With most of us not being able to cross the border to gather at our usual meeting place (Kirra Sports Club) we met at the Tweed Heads Regional Museum in Pioneer Park West Tweed which fitted all the bikes in quite easily.

All signed in and ready to go I led the way on the Indian up over Bilambil Heights, down through Bilambil Village, over Terranora and onto the Tweed Valley Way at Tumbulgum, then it was just following Cudgen Road through to the coast rd and a nice easy ride through Casuarina, Cabarita down through Wooyung and back on to Tweed Valley Way just south of Mooball where instead of turning right out of habit I turned left (which I do most days for work), I realised straight away but the only safe place to turn so many motorcycles around was the roundabout a few K’s up the road so that’s where I turned around, it actually looked pretty good seeing all the bikes coming toward me, me pointing north and some with their hands in the air probably muttering something about crazy old Jeff lol. Anyway we got to Crabbes Creek General Store where we had a laugh about it over a drink. It’s always a good feeling to call into these little villages and support the locals who do it tough at the best of time let alone during a pandemic.

Drink stop over, back on the bikes and heading north over Burringbar Range where everyone takes the time to just cruise along at a gentle pace and look around at the scenery before turning left at the northern end and heading out through Stokers Siding, Uki, Bray Park and then out to Tyalgum Hotel where they served us up some awesome burgers and chips for a great price and most enjoyed a nice cold refreshment as well. It was so good to sit around and talk to all the regular faces as well as some not seen for a while and couple of new people as well, and everyone seemed to be enjoying it just as much as me. The winners of out WHERE’S THE PREZ? comp were also announced with a dead head between Dave and Matt, Dave was there to collect his prize but Matt was down the coast and will receive his when we catch up next, thank you and well done to everyone who entered, it was amazing the thought and effort that people put in to this competition.

After a very filling lunch and a couple of refreshments, some chose to head straight home while a group of us (about 20) rode back through Chillingham, Crystal Creek etc coming out at Condong and up to the Chinderah Tavern for last drinks once again enjoying sitting and chatting outdoors on a beautiful winters day before heading home and looking forward to the next THMCEC club ride which will be the Pre 85 run on the 12th of July so hopefully we will get a great turnout of older model bikes for us all to admire, but as always all makes and model from all years of motorcycling are welcome on THMCEC rides.  Here are   some pics from the run. Jeff.