Devastation

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Devastation

Postby Bozo » Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:16 pm

A strong turn out this morning at Catalano's with lots of interesting bikes including a R51 from Murray Bridge with a sidecar and an immaculate Paris Dakar. Claytons sparkling 1250 RT also drew attention.

The use of defibrillators has dramatically improved the recovery rate of those involved in cardiac arrests. It is great that we have a scattering of people in the Club that are competent at the use of this equipment. Andrew, recently helped save the life of a person suffering cardiac arrest with a defibrillator even though the patient was bright blue. Well done Andrew.

16 riders and one pillion headed out to destinations that the day before were not accessible. Clayton, Goldie, Nick, Adrian, Firey Ross, Wes, Survey Ross, John, Max and Renee, Braam, Bill, Frank, His Royal Griceness, Rainer, Peter and Bozo weaved their way past the airport and led by Peter through the maze of streets to get from Helena Vale to Mundaring. Reaching Gidgegannup via Alice, Mildura and Bunning Roads we saw a lot of fire appliances and work vehicles. Pulling up at the Noble Falls Tavern you could see the ferocity of the fire that burnt on all sides of the Tavern.

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Mayo Road was remarkable for its heavily treed verges and prolific grass trees. It was unrecognisable. We were diverted up Dinsdale Road and the devastation was everywhere. The melted white plastic horse fencing stark against the scorched paddocks. A run via Needham Road and then on to Bailup Road took us into another devastated area before arriving at Burma Road for the run into Wundowie. There was another burnt area at Coates Road. Lots of motorbikes at Bakers Hill as we passed through to get to Toodyay via the Toodyay Clackline Road.

At Toodyay we split into two groups, the bakery group and the Coca Cola Group. The same happened for the journey home with five riders heading to Coondle to tackle the serpentine Coondle West Road and then Julimar Road. The emus that populate Lower Chittering Road lifted their heads as we passed by before the ride ended in Bullsbrook.

Thanks to Firey Ross for his work on saving lives and homes in the bushfire. His descriptions of the heat and the walls of flames gave an understanding to the group of the daunting challenges faced by those on the ground.

Today, thanks to Peter for leading us up the scarp to Mundaring and being tail end charlie. Also thanks to Firey Ross for sheepdogging the group up the hill while Peter was at the front.

An eye opening ride of the scale and spread of the devastation caused by the bushfire and how lucky we are to return to our homes and possessions.

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Re: Devastation

Postby pspencer » Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:02 am

Great ride Bozo, but so sad to see the fire destruction. Thanks to great community guys and gals like our Fiery Ross you could clearly see how their heroic efforts had saved many houses. Yes Andrew also deserves a big pat on the back for his help to save the life of a fellow cricketer who had a heart attack. Great effort guys.
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