Australian Wing Riders Association (Qld) Inc

A club for riders of Honda GoldWing and Valkyrie motorcycles

Thommo's Trek
August 2002

Start Lineup

Lionel and Mary

Larry & Annette

Phew! What a relief, clouds and showers have disappeared and we have woken up to beautiful blue skies and sunshine, our ride is on!

Traditionally, the Thomas' arrive at the Loganholme Garage meeting spot second last, with 6 bikes waiting for us, and as we have just fuelled up John Spick arrives, and we are all systems go sharply at 9 a.m.  We cruise along the highway until turn-off No. 49 and we head for the hills towards Numinbah Valley soaking up the views, and I still marvel at people who live out in the country on acreage.  All that mowing, and riding horses instead of bikes!

Single File

Bevan and Therese



....and white

Go shopping
We arrive at Hinze Dam for our morning tea at 10.15 a.m. and to meet up with new faces (for us) Barb & Syd on a Valkyrie, and Robyn & Paul on a black Gold Wing.  Nothing compares to that cuppa and biscuit and great company in a picturesque venue, what a tough life?  Helmets on - we take-off at 11 a.m. and we are now winding our way through more scenic roads towards our next destination Stokers Siding.  We come out on the highway at Murwillumbah, and heading south we almost trick a few people with our Stokers Siding turn-off!  Not saying that our indication is a little late, but we are trying to remember this trip from almost 12 months ago.  This is an interesting find out in the hills, a small township nestled around a railway siding, and even more importantly, a fantastic pottery shop.  This is our little diversion to extend our ride before going onto lunch, and allowed the men to have a break.


Smooth Valkyrie

How does this work?

Vice and Prez

Make room!

Val's Eagle
Then it is a short ride up the highway to the lunch stop at Tropical Fruit World.  Refreshments over we depart at 1.30 p.m. and we wind our way down the hills - over and under the new bypass - looking for our next sight-seeing stop called Timber Tops.  Now - helmet intercoms are very good for the radio, music cassettes and news, but not when the driver and/or Navigator are trying to remember which way to go!  Luckily, or unlucky for Bill & Mary - without a C.B. -  they do some very clever cornering right behind us, and Chris is our co-navigator letting everyone know which way we have turned!

Lionel and Mary

Wot a Norf and souf

Mt Warning over canefields
Another pleasant break, checking out art, crafts and furniture but with no spending this time.  Ray flatly refuses to put a timber Bar on the ‘Wing.

Now we start our homeward stretch back onto the highway, and we head north turning off at Tumbulgum over the Tweed River and another pleasant ride along the ridge to admire those glorious coastal views. 

Pt Danger park

We are making for Point Danger as our final farewell before heading for home.  However, when we do pull up at Point Danger it is blowing a gale and the National Parks have closed off a large section of the area, so we huddle around at the kerbside and we bid a fond farewell to our newest riders - Barb & Syd, Robyn & Paul who both live along the Gold Coast, and the rest of us head for home.

Pt Danger park

Onto the highway we go, Ray & I peel off at Helensvale as we call into my brothers for another coffee, and wish you all a safe trip home.  Another great day on the ‘Wing.

Thank you to everyone who came along for our long planned-for trek, and we will do our utmost to plan another ride before another twelve months go by!!

‘Wings forever - Ray & Valerie