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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Scooter Club Reunion

Three years ago I received a call from a friend who I hadn't heard from in 40 years. We used to belong to the same Judo Club and Scooter Club in Pt Moresby,Papua/New Guinea back in the 60's. A few of the club members had been in touch over the years and they set about trying to find me and were successful, which is another story. So every year we have a small get together for lunch. Last week it was our 3rd reunion. Since then I delved into my box of slides from the 60's, to find pics of us on some of our scooter trips. I have scanned them but remember the quality is from 40 years ago. Del, one of my friends from the Judo Club and the Scooter Club in the sixties. Now she lives near Ipswich not far from Brisbane. She belongs to a cycle club and goes on long distant rides. (Del is on the right). We were in our 20's then.

One of our trips was to Brown River near Pt Moresby. It is always tropical weather in P/NG except high in the mountains.

The boys , Charles and Graham had fun swinging from the bridge into the river.

Scooters of the 60's, mine was a Honda 50cc in the background.

Another trip was to a Idler's Bay. We drove along dirt roads to this beautiful tropical beach with no one there except us.

We had a barbecue lunch over an open fire. Charles was a fine cook.

We had the latest technology, a portable tape recorder, for dancing on the beach. Bob and Del. We haven't found Bob Howard yet, so if anyone out there knows him let me know.

The next trip was into the foothills of the Owen Stanley Mountain Range behind Pt Moresby. We had to get permission to enter this cattle station at Bisianumu.

We had been riding uphill for a long time and now we were high in the hills.

We found this beautiful swimming hole in the fast running creek and the water was freezing coming down from the mountains.

We had fun
but you had to be careful.......

.....not to get swept over the waterfall.
As if that wasn't enough thrills for the day on the way down the mountain we stopped at Sogerie Weir where there is a flume (concrete water channel) feeding water into the weir it is quite fast flowing and it goes underground through a pipe and grates into the weir so it is dangerous to swim in it but heaps of fun getting floated down at speed.

I can't believe we ignored this sign.

First you have to balance on the side and walk a mile and a half up hill. This is where I chickened out as I got dizzy walking on the wall with a drop on one side and speeding water on the other. The others continued and I waited for them to come........

.....bobbing down, shrieking with excitement. I hopped in and went a short distance it was fun but scary as you had to...

....grab the wall and haul yourself out before you got dragged into the pipe.

We continued on down the hill past the weir and stopped at a picnic spot and.....

...bandaged up Del's foot that she had scraped in the concrete channel. Then home to someones place for fish and chips for tea.

The next trip was to Hombrom's bluff up in the foothills again. We stopped at.....
......the Sogeri markets to buy fruit for morning tea.

Del, Graham, Elwyn, Charles, Bev, and Bob.

The view looking back towards Pt Moresby you can see the dirt road we came up.

Looking towards Sogeri with the road snaking through the hills.

Riding down the hill. The road was corrugated and it made your hands and arms tingle.

Down we come to beat the afternoon tropical downpour.

We pull into the only hotel up there at Sogeri. P/NG.

40 YEARS LATER we sit around the table of another hotel -in Brisbane, Aust.
Graham from Tamworth, NSW. Del from Ipswich, Charles from Modanville Northern Rivers NSW. ,His wife Penny, me ,Bill, Diana (Graham's wife), Merle and George (Del's Sister and bil)


  1. Oh my gosh...that looked like it was so much fun. Don't you just love before and after pictures? Amazing how much we change. I'd like to do the cycle thing even now.

  2. I love it, especailly your glee at not being jammed up with all the cars.

    I must say again, your photos are just amazing, even if they were slides, I see the beauty in the photos, fantastic!

    And I can't belive you ignored the sign too.

  3. Woa, that's scary and fun to read. Scary because of that pipe thing and fun because you all looked like you were having such a great time, and even greater to have met up with everyone all these years later. Thanks for taking me on such a lovely tour. It was fun dropping in.

  4. Mum! That looks like a whole lot of fun! Does this mean I can ride a scooter too? And now I understand where I get my adventurous side from. Swimming in the water flume... what would your mother have said! heehee I wonder what my friends will look like in 40 years? Brilliant that you have found each other.
    Great blog.
    All my love

  5. Diane, this is great trip back the memory line. what fun you had. You know we had the same scooters we called them "Vespas and Lambrettas, up the mountains in Switzerland to a secret samll lake called "Crestasee"! ahh have a reunion is wonderful.

  6. What fine adventures you've had, and are continuing to have, although the flume looks less scary than the bus ride!

    They are some terrific shots from PNG - especially that one of the boys diving it - just great.

    When I was scrolling down, I almost thought it was a Gidget or Annette Funnicello film shots I was looking at.

    50cc hey, what was it's top speed?

  7. You guys sure know how to have fun!!!

  8. Great story and pics...I enjoyed every turn of the wheels.
    lizzie b.

  9. OMG Diane you little thrill seeker
    I can`t believe you didn`t take notice of that sign but boy it sure does look like fun...
    In Adelaide we are seeing more and more of these bikes on our roads...Much cheaper to run....
    I like your public transport system there....Most of ours is driving along with the cars...It is a lot cheaper than paying out for parking ...
    Thanks for sharing Diane...

  10. So much fun! I loved the dancing on the beach - reminded me of those "surfer" movies of the 60's and Beach Boy's music!

    Thanks for the trip - can you even imagine doing all that dangerous stuff now??

  11. I literally enjoyed this post in which the past meets the present. These are really precious moments and memories. Great post, indeed, thanks for sharing!

  12. Lovely pics Dianne. What fun we had, with wonderful memories of our days in Papua New Guinea...Del