Nice bikers on the run

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

COME on feel the noy-oyz, sang a Bri­tish band from long, long ago, and one of the best ways to do that is to stand in a pad­dock full of mo­tor­bikes revving up, ready to go.

There’s the seis­mic rum­ble and crackle of dozens of Hogs, un­hur­ried, mag­is­te­rial, and from over there, the zzzzzppppp zzzzzppppp of some high strung Ital­ian gizmo more suited to the moto GP.

“Prong”, the leader, has got the 90 rid­ers back on their ma­chines af­ter lunch at High­falls with no mess­ing around. You have to run a tight show. The F word pref­aces ev­ery com­mand, and in the mid­dle and at the end, lest you ap­pear too nice to be in charge.

Next stop head­ing north is the Cross­roads café, and then to Cow Bay Ho­tel for a gi­ant whoop-up, stay­ing overnight.

A band is com­ing from In­n­is­fail.

This huge gag­gle of so­cial bikers will stop strate­gi­cally at places along the way to spend their bucks so the lo­cals will ben­e­fit.

“We leave the money on the north­ern side of the river, for peo­ple who aren’t do­ing so good,” said “Prong”.

It’s been planned that way, ever since “Prong” be­gan this ben­e­fit ride 18 years ago. Same ride, same time of year, for 18 years.

It’s raised an enor­mous amount of money as well for spe­cific char­i­ties, in­clud­ing this year a man in the Dain­tree with can­cer, Alexan­dra Bay school P and C, the life­savers at El­lis Beach, and (next week­end) the Av­enue of Hon­our at Yungaburra (there’s a strong con­tin­gent of the Dig­gers club in the group, from Townsville).

(Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­veals Prong is Wayne Trim­ble of Cairns and he’s renowned for this ride and his other char­ity work. I’m ap­par­ently the only one who doesn’t know all this, which he was too mod­est to point out).

Peo­ple look for­ward all year to the ride. They’d like to do it more of­ten, but “Prong” says that would ruin it. Once a year’s fine.

So what’s it like, rid­ing around in a big bunch of bikers?

“Bloody thing ever.” How? “I dunno, it’s just the noise. The noise is great.” great, the best

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Bikers from Cairns and Townsville pre­pare to roll out of Whyan­beel on their way to Cow Bay

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