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This was Marc H's first ride lead for the club and he did an excellent job. The weather was warm and estimated to make over 30 degrees, with over twenty riders meeting at the departure point on Sunday morning. The ride took the group up the Albany Highway, through to Jarrahdale  where they turned off on Kingsbury Drive. Then onto the SW Highway in a southerly direction before exploring the western side of the highway and then into Yarloop. Morning tea was at Pinjara.

The Yarloop Volunteers are very well organised and the roast lunch was being served almost as most people settled in their seats. This was followed by fruit salad and ice cream, great value for $25.00 which also included admission to the museum.

After the coffee and teas we headed off to the museum which most of us found very interesting. These were the original workshops that supported the timber mill and also carried out the maintenance and repairs for the trains that hauled the logs. The place is full of old machinery that was mostly belt driven in its day as well as the old pattern shop. Remember when things where actually made or repaired!

The best was saved till last where the old steam engines were stored with a number of them operating from the two boilers which were fired up on the day. These beautiful pieces of equipment were almost silent as they ran and it was easy to remember this by gone era as you watched the shafts and large flywheels turning effortlessly. Well done to the Yarloop Workshop Volunteers for preserving these great pieces of history.

After a good look around and another cup of tea it was time to work our way home. Marc lead the group back to Waroona taking the Nanga Road turn off then onto Dwellingup and Pinjara.

All in all a great day and congratulations to Marc on his first ride lead.


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