Author Topic: DOC NSW Weekend Away to Dorrigo, 21-23 July 2017 + Other Events  (Read 588 times)

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As much as i wish i could come along to this and spend time with my mates the NSW trustee & guardian Newcastle are busy keeping me blocked from my own money i was given as insurance from my accident  >:(  And keep telling me im in too much debt on a house ive paid well over double off since my accident
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It has been some time since last put out a newsie item but life has been full of "interesting twists" of late, sorry about that. So, let's go riding. DOC NSW is having their annual Christmas in July ride and this year Kellie and I have booked accomm to go along for the first time. Finally they have stopped organising the ride in June, so we should actually get decent weather! Event details are here: although you may have to sign up to see them. The flyer is attached to this post, click link at bottom to see.

What you need to do is book accommodation Fri 21st July at Wauchope Timbertown; ph 02 6586 0699 or book online via and Sat 22nd July at Heritage Hotel Dorrigo; ph 02 6657 2016 or can send an enquiry email via - I sent the email but found ringing worked much better when I booked earlier today. Both still have plenty of accommodation so no excuses not to get that Duke out and have a good time. If you can't make it for the Fri ride then maybe get to Wauchope for Sat ride or just meet up in Dorrigo?

I believe a contingent from Qld will be there also, so should be a good Saturday Xmasie thing, just in case you couldn't get enough of it 6 months ago. But this is the best way to do Christmas - on a Ducati miles from nowhere! Anyone with intermediate riding skills will be fine on this ride, as we organise it so people are supported (remembering "personal responsibility" is king, so bring that flat tyre kit in case the people that stop didn't!) and nobody feels pressured or uncomfortable. Really.

Route details not yet released but I expect we will be meeting up at Bulga servo, so 8:30am departure out of Freemans Waterhole on Fri is a likely plan; check back for a reply to this post for actual details. For "biggies", it is really helpful to email / ring me if you might be / are going, and we can leave as soon as all are accounted for: vince @ hunterdog. org. au.

The great crowd at MARI (who help out injured bikers) are having a flag raising ceremony at midday, Grey Gums Cafe, Putty Rd next Sunday 25th June - details here:,1079 - should be a well attended event, so get along if you can. Additionally, on Sat 30th Sept, you can see in the same post that MARI are having an organised support rally, also to Grey Gums. There will be a contingent leaving from Newcastle Brisans at 8am, and well worth joining in supporting this worthy cause.

For anyone not up with Scottie's news, he is doing great these days, if a little lonely sometimes - see here:,1073 But never enough eh Scott - keep up the good work mate! They have made a short impactful cartoon about brain injuries, see here:,1080.msg2969.html#msg2969 - well worth a look as it is a 2 minute snapshot of how we should think about our brains, and gives a very human "take" on what it's like if we don't.

Let me just add, part of those "interesting twists" of life involved losing my business partner of 22 years due to the consequences of habitual drinking. Non-smoker, 57yo, no heart issues or trauma, and good physical shape, but just a short illness then gone. Didn't use the bottle as a crutch or other typical alcoholic behaviours, just liked a drink and usually went off to sleep with it - he thought that was a safety mechanism against drinking too much! I now understand the detail of liver / kidney damage and why liver transplants are not a possible option for a long term habitual drinker, they are just going to die, and quickly. Less than 4 days before passing he was in great shape, albeit still in hospital, and barely looked like he had the flu. If this behaviour has been in your or a close friend's life, it doesn't matter what you think you / they look like, please have a chat to a GP to find out what the options may be to get back some of the 20 or 30 years of life you thought you / they could count on.

For anyone that didn't notice, the Raymond Terrace Circuit Italia  track (previously known as Ringwood Raceway) is currently being built (weather permitting!). See here for details:,275.msg2938.html#msg2938 It will be some time after it is constructed before we can officially put motorbikes on it (which currently the DA doesn't permit), but you can be sure I will be bringing updates as they come to hand about what may be going on in this space...

So, wanna come for a ride in the sunshine to Dorrigo late July? Well get booking then and see you then, if not before, and drop me a line. Always a great weekend away when a few Ducatis are around. Until then, keep it on the edge... Vince
« Last Edit: 19 Jun 2017, 10:00 AM by VinceS »
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