Annual breakfast ride to Jolly's Lookout: Bring you own tea/coffee and food for an early BBQ breakfast (gas BBQs available). Meet at the lookout at 7am.
The breakfast gathering for 2019 (on 13 January) will be at Jolly’s Lookout. Pardon me using the possessive apostrophe, it is just that the internet (in fact www.mustdobrisbane.com) tells me “Brisbane’s second oldest formal lookout reserve was instigated in 1930 by then mayor William Jolly who thought it a fine place to have a picnic. Eighty something years later the crowds are still in agreement with him, flocking to this sizable mountain ridge reserve to check out the sweeping hundred and eighty degree views out to Moreton Bay and north to more of the D’Aguilar ranges. Still there’s plenty of space for all, to park, spread a rug or sit in one of the pavilions or at one of the picnic tables and fire up one of the wood fire barbecues.” For that reason, it could be a Jolly Lookout, but otherwise it must be possessive. Moving on…
There needs to be a ride after, and I decided that it could be to Cooyar (which I passed through recently). This town is about 200km from Jolly’s and will take a couple of hours to get there.
The ride will track along Mt. Glorious and Nebo to the Northbrook Parkway, turn right at the Wivenhoe Dam and around Somerset, turning left into Gregors Creek Road (no apostrophe) then right onto the Brisbane Valley Highway. Turning to the Blackbutt Ranges, we pass through a fantastic piece of road, rebuilt after severe flooding a few years ago at 60kph (very sad, and easily capable of at least 90) and onto Yarraman where we turn onto the New England Highway. This includes another fantastic piece of road, at the Bunya Mountains turn off to the Kingaroy – Cooyar Road which is like a corkscrew and remains at 100kph, and into Cooyar. My plan is to then lunch at Gary McCoy’s café (and you might remember him from 500cc Grand Prix racing, now passing on his skills to up and coming riders and putting on a fine show in Super-moto) and after that you find your own way home (I will be travelling along the New England to Crow’s Nest, then turning off to the Perseverance and Cressbrook Dams, down towards Esk but turning just before towards Gatton but again turning to skirt Atkinson Dam, then to Lowood and onto Glamorgan Vale towards where I live, North Ipswich when I will wave good-bye, because I amAlone).
Hope that this inspires some, and otherwise look forward to seeing you in the New Year!