The Rose Bay run

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Rose Bay is a tiny community well down the coast on the way to the town of Bridgewater. We make this run every year and it's the longest ride of the year.
Following the usual coastal roads, and with rest stops, it takes nearly three hours to get there.
When I designed this route years ago I was looking for a catchy name so chose Rose Bay because it sounds pleasant.
The fact is, we ride through without even stopping BGRIN
I was late leaving so had to ride catch-up. Most of these pictures (cell phone) aren't mine.

Here, the group has stopped for a coffee at Tim Hortons donuts in the seaside town of Chester.

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The ride includes a ferry ride across the LaHave River just as a lark. That way we get to enjoy the roads on both sides of the river.
The gang of 20 bikes on board.

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We normally avoid the fast-food places, but on this once-a-year ride to Bridgewater we eat at Wendy's due to lots of parking area.

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After lunch some riders chose to go their own way, but we made one last stop on the way home at another Tim's.

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It was a wonderful day for a ride. The heat and humidity had broken and there was a hint of fall in the air.
For me it was 286 km's (179 miles), but for others who came from longer distances to join in, it was a longer route.
A great day with good friends and lots of laughs.
 
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These photos are really great and as always I really enjoy seeing photos from your side. The distance you guys cover just for a ride out is amazing. Just goes to show how well you guys look after those old bikes as you don't report major breakdowns often on your ride reports.

Seeing those old bikes still being put to good use like this always makes me smile.
 

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Thanks Dave.
When the guys do a restoration they do it right and spend the time and money to make sure it's as good as it can be. It always pays off in the long run.
Mechanical failures are almost unheard of due to the effort put into the engine/restoration. The bikes go for years and hardly ever need anything.
In 15+ years that old BSA of mine just gets fresh oil and tires. It never fails me.
We also don't thrash the crap out of them either. If you beat them to death they won't last as long. It's all about the road and the ride, not speed.
The roads we ride on are limited to 90 kph (54 mph) and we stick close to that and less.
When we go out we make a full day of it and make it worthwhile - and usually cover a lot of ground BGRIN
The club motto is "Ride 'em, don't hide 'em" They aren't doing you much good sitting in a collection.
 

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Well when I think back to some of my old bikes they really were reliable for the most part. On one breakdown my float bowl came off on a long trip. Did roadside repairs with a bit of wire from a farmers fence and was on my way. I road it like that for s good few months BGRIN

With our moden bikes this type of thing is now not possible, if you don't have the moden tools and computers you have no hope of doing a roadside repair.
 

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I agree with that TUP
 

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Rocky, a great ride report and great pictures. That sounds like a ride I would enjoy!
 

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Thanks Carl TUP
I'm positive you would enjoy a ride with this group of mature riders.
 

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Looks like another great ride on some great roads and scenery. Would love to get down that way. Maybe next year.
 

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Looks like another great ride on some great roads and scenery. Would love to get down that way. Maybe next year.
Yes, it's too bad your plans for this year didn't work out as you had planned.
The ride from Bridgewater down the east side of the river hugs the river and it's like a sidewinder. It's worth the long ride just to enjoy the road.
 

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It's definitely on my list of rides to do next year.
 
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