Ulysses Club Adelaide Branch Home Page

Postal address: 2 Hughes Court, Craigburn Farm, SA 5051.
Monthly meetings are held at the European Catering Reception Pty Ltd, 2 Chief St, Hindmarsh 5007.
7.30pm start, each first Thursday in the month. Come early and have dinner with us from 6pm.
Click here for more info and a map link.

Website last updated: 24 October 2016.

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24/10/16 The October Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.

12/10/16 Brian has an FJR for sale on the Classifieds page.

7/10/16 A reminder about the Penola Weekender. Please let Michele Wagnitz know if you are coming.
Click here for a PDF about the event.

It was suggested that we not have the December Thursday night meeting, since it is the night before our Xmas dinner. We'll ask for a show of hands at our next meeting to see what members want.

Catch up with Michelle Stevens at the November meeting if you want to come to the Xmas dinner. $20 a ticket.

6/10/16 We've had a Clare weekend (a few of us anyway), and now another Odyssey has been and gone.
The Encounter Bay Odyssey was hit with bad weather, but I think we all had a good time.
(I was warm and dry, cabinning in the price-gouging Beachfront caravan park -never staying there again.)
The football club did a fair job of hospitality and meals.
Well done, Fleurieu Branch.

There are some photos in the Gallery of the parade and of Wendy receiving the Telemachus award, which was presented to her on the Saturday night.

Brett took some video, including overhead. Click here for that.

Our next away is the Penola weekend. See the Events page for details.

The next Odyssey is at Lucindale, October long weekend 2017. Lots of powered sites, virtually no hard accommodation. Naracoorte for that.

6/9/16 Back yesterday from Rod Lind's YP EP ride, staying at Hawker. We rode to Blinman, stopping at Wilpena for a coffee. Country was green, emus and roos were plentiful. Attendance was from at least four branches, and we had a merry social time. Stone Hut bakery serves great pies.

I promised at the last meeting to put up some useful links, so here they are:

The Clare weekender is on this weekend.
Please note that the Penola weekender date has been brought forward by a week to 11-13 November.
See the Events page for these.

19/8/16 The August Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.
A preliminary 2017 rides calender is up. The link to it is at the bottom of the 2016 page.
We had a good weekend away at Tumby Bay. The weather was very kind to us. The Coffin Bay oysters were up to scratch.

11/7/16 Louise has a topbox and jacket for sale on the Classifieds page.

Adelaide branch are proving tougher than our neighbours, who cancel rides at the drop of a hat (or raindrop). We had a good ride yesterday. -See the Gallery for photos and map.

21/6/16 Chris Roberts has his Triumph Speed Triple for sale on the Classifieds page.

18/6/16 Paul Sponheimer has a Harley Davidson with side car attached for sale. Contact him on 08 8322 1828.

13/6/16 The June Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.

8/6/16 Time to work out what you want to attend. Have a look at the Events page for dates of weekenders and dinners. Book accommodation!
If you use Google Calendar, you can add the Adelaide branch calendar to yours. Just add a 'friend' with the email address ulyssesadelaide@gmail.com.

22/5/16 Registration for the 2016 Odyssey at Encounter Bay is now live. See the link in the menu.
A PDF of the registration form is here for those who can't fill in an online form.
But be aware, if you send in one, someone else has to do the online registration bit for you.

Congratulations to Hobbit for receiving a Telemachus award for services to the Fleurieu branch.

3/5/16 Steve has a Honda CB250 for sale on the Classifieds page.

19/4/16 The April Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.

Please note the dates of the next couple of monthly dinners on the Events page. The magazine has them a week late!

Folks attending the motorcyclist first aid course were impressed by the phone app that is useful in an emergency. It is named Emergency+. I installed it on my Android phone from the Play Store. It presents an easy emergency dial page for 000, SES or Police, and if your GPS receiver is turned on, shows your GPS coordinates and address for reading out to the operator. Can save time in an emergency when actions can be muddled.

Bob Sadleir will give a talk about the SA bushfires of recent times, at the May Thursday monthly meeting.

The April meeting was a real buzz and well attended, even with some of the regulars missing.

1/4/16 No its not an April fools joke, here is some video from the drone that flew over the Launceston AGM parade:
facebook.com/WeedingHire/videos, complete with music!

The Helite airbag vest from Moto Smart will be on show at our April meeting.


Well we had our branch AGM on Thursday 4th, and we now have a complete committee. See some new faces on the Committee page.
We had a presentation from I/O Merino, selling fine Merino wool garments. Look on the Links page for the discount code to get 20% off.
The February Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.

A motorcyclist first aid course is coming to Adelaide, 5th & 12 Mar, 29th Oct, 5th Nov. Click here for info.

Ken and David attended the Beach of a Rally at Beachport. Had a great time.

31/1/16 Liz Fairchild's funeral is at Heysen Chapel, Centennial Park Cemetary, 760 Goodwood Rd Pasadena, at 12.30pm Friday 5th Feb.


It is with great sadness that the Ulysses Adelaide members are advised of the death of our Past President, Elizabeth Fairchild at 11am this morning 29th January 2016.
We send our heartfelt condolences to Ken and family.
Liz loved riding and worked tirelessly for the club. She devised and implemented many features and activities that added to the enjoyment as well as the comradery of the Adelaide Ulysses Branch.
Her continued commitment, determination, smile and positivity have been greatly admired.
Elizabeth Fairchild 30/4/1955 - 29/1/2016 Ulysses Member Number 12639.

22/1/16 Don't forget... the February meeting is our AGM.

Bernie has a VStrom pannier rack for sale on the Classifieds page.

9/1/16 We have the following nominations in for our branch committee:

PresidentKen Wagnitz21315
SecretaryDavid Hirst60416
TreasurerMaurice Stevens45370
CommitteeJann Baker6355
CommitteeDebra Sherman61641
CommitteeGary Priest64998
CommitteeBrett Wise65152

The slack webmaster will be continuing in his role this year. Do you like the new font, or prefer the old bold one?

6/1/15 We've been sent a flyer for the Beach of a Rally at Beachport, 5th-7th Feb.

Unfortunately I/O Merino can't come to the next meeting. They'll be at the Feb meeting instead. Our branch AGM.

1/1/16 Happy and prosperous new year, everyone. How's it going so far?

Remember, branch committee nominations need to be in by next meeting. Forms were in the Odyssey magazine (and in the online PDF). If you want one to download and print, it is here.
I'll accept completed & signed forms in my hand, in the post, or scanned and emailed to me. Nominees and nominators must be financial members.

There will be a presentation of wool clothing & undergarments from I/O Merino at the next meeting (Jan 7th). -Could be useful for Tassie.

Here is Frank's ride report for last Sunday. I guess people were busy with xmas stuff? Hopefully we will be itching for a ride by the next one.
The last Ulyssess Adelaide ride for 2015 was a memorable one. It was raining as I arrived at Civic Park. It was sunny when Ray Murray left home, and due to his choice of summer jacket he was soaked to the skin by the time he arrived. He decided to go home, so that left the rest of us to head off in the rain. When we finally got under way at 9:45 the rain had stopped, but the roads were still wet in many places. This kept our average speed down well below the speed limits until we got to morning tea.

This was a great ride to Meadows for morning tea. It was here where, dressed appropriately Ray caught up with us. We then went to Victor Harbour via Delamere for lunch. I won’t give a turn by turn, road by road and blow by blow (yes it was a bit windy) report, as I could never hope to adequately describe the good time we had.

My thanks to Trevor for being the Tail End Charlie, and to Judy for being the corner marshal. When Ray caught up at Meadows giving us a 33% increase in our group numbers, we then had two corner marshals. I imagine it was the Christmas responsibilities that kept our regulars from coming, surely not a bit of rain. Last ride for 2016, smallest number of riders, great roads, good company - memorable.

I hope you had a great Christmas, and I wish you all a peaceful and prosperous new year. I look forward to continuing the Ulysses ride day tradition through 2016.
Frank Pellas

Paul has a BMW R1100RT and an Elite trailer for sale on the Classifieds page.

6/11/15 Thanks to Cathy Lux for her talk last night about the MRA's Blood Run. Whether you go on a morale boosting ride to donate blood or not, it's a very worthy cause.

Guy has sent in a report on his latest fun run. Click here to read it

16/10/15 The October Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.

7/10/15 The Whyalla Odyssey has been and gone. Most people enjoyed themselves. It was a hot ride home!
There are some photos in the Gallery.


The 2016 SA Odyssey will be hosted by Fleurieu Branch, and take place at Encounter Bay.
The 2017 SA Odyssey will be hosted by Limestone Coast Branch, at Lucindale.


The Nashys have been in the wars lately, so Michelle Stevens sent them a basket from us.

Get well soon, Lyn and Steve.

16/8/15 Another magic riding day today, ending at Don & Sue's for lunch. A very sociable 30 or so members turned up.
The August Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.
Please let Michele know if you are coming to the Broken Hill weekend. Riders will start from Caltex Bolivar at 9.30am on the Friday, joined by Chris & Anne at Yunta.

Ray made it back from Bali OK, but now Steve & Lyn Nash, and Daphne Pengilly are under the weather.

4/7/15 If you are wondering where Ray Murray is, the answer is... stuck in Bali. His friend Les fell over while trying to climb onto a 125cc scooter, breaking his femur. Then Les contracted pneumonia, so he can't return to Oz unless accompanied by a doctor! Ray is a bit over Bali now.

Note that the menu Rides pulldown on the left won't work for other branches unless you have popups enabled in your browser. (Thanks John for the feedback.) Lots of websites rely on popups working, including banks and government websites. So there is no real danger in having them enabled.

2/7/15 For info about our Broken Hill weekender, 4th-6th September, click here.

The photo gallery software has been updated to the latest version. Let me know if you have any problems with it.

30/6/15 Sadly, John Crowe has resigned as secretary. Ken Wagnitz will do the job until a replacement steps up. Volunteers speak up please.

The Rides Calendar menu item is now a Rides pulldown, linking to the rides calendars of other SA branches in addition to Adelaide's. Feedback on the change (positive or negative) is welcome. It should work OK on your smartphone as well.

24/6/15 The June Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.

The 2016 Launceston AGM menus didn't make it into the Riding On magazine. You can read them here.

October Odyssey news: The Discovery Holiday Park (next to the football club venue) is offering Ulysses members a powered site for $100 for 4 days.
And they will have live music there on the Sunday evening. Call Kara-Jane on 08 4645 7474 or 0431 623 542 for more info.

Received by email: My partner and I own a Bed and Breakfast in Melrose - Southern Flinders Ranges. Our B@B sleeps 13 comfortably. We have 5 rooms, 4 rooms have queen beds, 1 room has queen and single bed, 1 room has 2 single beds, we also have 2 roll out beds. We have undercover parking for Motor Bikes at the back of our property, and a storage area for Helmets and Leather Gear. We are an Old Bank that we have turned into a Cafe and Bed and Breakfast. We get a lot of Motor Bikes coming through Melrose as we are on the way to Flinders Ranges. Our room rates are $100 per double including Breakfast.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Donna and Woz, 10 Stuart Street, Melrose SA 5483. 08 8666 2211 DD'S B@B AND WOZZA'S VAULT CAFE

2/6/15 Guest speaker this Thursday night is Senior Constable Michael Lord from SA Police sharing his knowledge of motorbike road safety practices and laws.
We'll have club merchandise there on sale at half price.

20/5/15 From Neville Gray:
The date for the inaugural meeting of the 2018 AGM Event Committee has been set for Saturday June 13th at the Barmera Field Days Site, 3km east of Barmera on the Monash Road. The meeting will commence at 1.00pm sharp and include a short inspection of the complex. (It is anticipated that most subsequent meetings will be held in or near the Adelaide CBD.) The date was the first opportunity that our National AGM Event Coordinator, Rob White could make it to the Riverland from Maryborough Queensland.
This meeting is paramount to the success of the 2018 AGM Event.
If members are wanting to be part of this Committee but cannot actually attend on the 13th, could they please email Nev with their names and email address so he can place them on the list for future information sending.
The Field Days Committee have generously allowed us to camp for free at their site including power, toilets and showers. This will suit caravans as well. The site will be open on mid-day Friday and close on Sunday morning.

21/4/15For Guy's Burra Far Ride report click here.

The April Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.

4/4/15 The last Thursday meeting was well attended despite it being Easter. Hello to visitor Holly, from Melbourne branch.

John Donnellan has someone visiting from England for a month who will be borrowing a bike. Is there anyone who could guide the visitor from West Croydon to Sunday or Wednesday ride start points? John can be contacted on 8346 5126 or at jdnnlln@bigpond.net.au.

27/3/15 Well it's official... The 2018 AGM is at Barmera.

20/3/15 Note that as of the next meeting (Thursday 2nd April), the formal part of the meetings will commence at 7.30pm.

Online registration for the 2015 Whyalla Odyssey is now clickable from the Odyssey info page.

6/4/15 Click here for info on the Berri weekend in June.

4/3/15 The new committee have had their first 'regular' meeting. We've agreed to let David Chatwin have a go at being Quartermaster (good luck David).
If you haven't looked at the Committee page for a while, check it out.

The February Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.

We've had an email from Amol Punni of Welcome Travels.
I’ve organised an Adventurous motorcycling trip to India, riding among Himalayas. It will be a small group (12 people) –I already have 5 and need 7 more and we will be riding 500cc Royal Enfield motorcycles for 16 days. First day is on open road, next 15 days riding is on Off track.
Its a guaranteed departure, and personally escorted by myself.
The PDF is here (6MB).

15/2/15 The guest speaker at our next Thursday meeting (5/3/15) is Linda Bootherstone, who is a round-the-world motorcyclist.
Linda has been motorcycling for over fifty years and, apart from a brief foray into road racing, has been mostly involved in long distance touring, exploring many continents and countries. She has written two books about some of her journeys and is at present on tour in SA promoting her latest book ‘Three Wandering Poms’ which has been featured in Old Bike Australasia and Two Wheels. It is about three young English women who emigrate to Australia in 1969 and explore the country by motorcycle. Her other passion is music and performing and her presentations are both informative and entertaining. Click here for Linda's website.

13/2/15 The rides calendar has been updated. What is decided on, is rotating the usual start points in fairness to riders from all over. (Though they can change if necessary.) We will add or change published rides as we organise events like BBQs. And if anyone wants to lead a ride and go somewhere novel, either a ride already published, or one not detailed yet, please contact Frank Pellas, His contact details are on the Committee page.
You can expect meals earlier, different places, and rides ending closer to town.

We've been contacted by Gary Parker, a Ulyssian, who organises a charity ride for Cystic Fibrosis. This year it is on April 12th, starting at Meadows. Details are here.
And the annual Freemasons Show And Shine is on Sunday 15th. Details are here.

Bob Rosevear from the Ulysses St George branch sent an email promoting a bike/4x4 safari in August 2016 from Cape Town South Africa, to Northern Namibia. If anyone contacts me (the webmaster) I can forward Bob's email, or else you can get info by emailing linda@selfdrivesafaris.com.au There is more info here (2MB PDF).

10/2/15 The new committee had its inaugural meeting last night to get things under way. Frank Pellas has agreed to be our rides coordinator, with a Sunday ride each fortnight. You can expect more BBQs and interesting places at the end of rides. We may have a Quartermaster soon.

Note that there is a Facebook link on the Latest Titbits line above. Check out our Facebook page, managed by Michelle Stevens.
Some photos of us having a good time at Kingston got posted before we could even put down our beer! -We certainly enjoyed ourselves.

5/2/15 The branch AGM has been and gone. The new committee is posted. Updates when I get back from Kingston.

Sue Freene's Broken Hill train trip group is fully booked out at 20. That means 25 pensioner seats left. If you wish to go, organise it yourself. The date is June 30th, returning July 2nd. the gang are staying at Marios in Argent St. Phone Sue on 8277 3339 for more info.

31/1/15 Michele has updated the details of the Kingston weekend (6th-8th Feb).

20/1/15 A link to info on the 2015 Whyalla Odyssey is at the bottom of the menu.

13/1/15 We now have natcom confirmation of nominees and nominators for our 2015 committee.
The nominees and desired positions are:
Andrew Mill for President; Ken Wagnitz for President; John Crowe for Secretary; Maurice Stevens for Treasurer; Lyn Nash for Welfare Officer; Bundi Mill, Debra Sherman, Craig McDonald, Jann Baker, for committee.

There will be a vote, so please remember to bring your membership card along. Mark Seja will be officiating, Neville Gray and Rick Nappa will be scrutineers.

The December Odyssey magazine is on the Magazine page.

6/1/15 Some weekenders have been posted on the Events page. You will need to book accommodation if you are coming.
2015 rides are on the Rides Calendar page. (But rides are cancelled if the forecast is 37 or more.)

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