Out and about in Or­ange

34th An­nual Or­ange Coun­try Mo­tor­cy­cle Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Re­port Mark Turn­bull Pho­tos Charles Stammers

21-22 Fe­bru­ary 2015 – Lake Canobo­las, Or­ange NSW

This year’s rally at the Canobo­las Scout Camp, pro­moted by the Cen­tral West Branch of the CEMCC op­po­site the pic­turesque Lake Canobo­las at­tracted 105 en­tries from as far afield as Tam­worth, Grif­fith and Mel­bourne. Un­der clear skies the rid­ers de­parted for a 170km ride on Satur­day morn­ing af­ter an early break­fast and brief­ing. The morn­ing run took the field through the or­chard coun­try of Nash­dale and Borenore, then around the out­skirts of Or­ange be­fore a 40km run to Eucha­reena for morn­ing tea. Af­ter a sump­tu­ous spread pro­vided by the lo­cal school P&C, en­trants trav­elled via Mo­long and Manil­dra to Cu­dal School for lunch pro­vided by the school P&C and vot­ing. With vot­ing over the rid­ers en­joyed a short but scenic ride back to the camp, trav­el­ling via Bowen Park then up and around the foothills of Mount Canobo­las be­fore en­joy­ing a rest and catch up prior to the evening meal and fes­tiv­i­ties. Af­ter din­ner the var­i­ous class tro­phies were pre­sented, fol­lowed by the drawing of the raf­fles and pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes. This year’s rally also fea­tured a spe­cial raf­fle to as­sist with fundrais­ing for the lon­grun­ning Ron­ald McDon­ald House project in Or­ange. Around $4,000 was raised which was gra­ciously ac­cepted on the night by the ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the project, who also gave an en­light­en­ing talk on how the house op­er­ates and de­scribed some of the unique fea­tures that the Or­ange House will con­tain. The House has now been of­fi­cially opened, bring­ing much needed as­sis­tance to many peo­ple all over west­ern NSW who are in need of ac­com­mo­da­tion dur­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment in Or­ange. Sun­day again dawned clear as rid­ers set off for an 80km run around the Ca­dia gold mine south of Or­ange, be­fore re­turn­ing to base to pack up for the jour­ney home. Prepa­ra­tions are al­ready un­der way for next year’s event, and thanks to all who as­sisted this year and to our gen­er­ous spon­sors.

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