Matthew organised a surprise 40th Harley tour for his wife Bel. Bel didn’t want to celebrate or have a party but Matthew had other ideas. Our rider picked Bel up from home and dropped her off at a different location – at a surprise 40th party.
Our Harley rider Rob, picked up Bel at her home in Freeman’s Reach. Firstly, they headed off via the back roads. They rode past the grass farms to Wilberforce, Ebenezer and to Lower Portland.
They crossed the Hawkesbury River on the ferry at Lower Portland then rode on River Road to the Webb’s Creek Ferry. Here they crossed the river again and rode to St Albans Pub. Time for a coffee and a break and leg stretch. So far, the surprise 40th Harley tour was a huge success. Originally known as Macdonald (after the river on which it is located) the settlement then became the “Town of St Albans” before becoming simply St Albans in 1841. It was named after St Albans, a town in Hertfordshire, England which lies north of London.
The Hawkesbury River, or Hawkesbury-Nepean River, is a river located northwest of Sydney. The Hawkesbury River and its associated main tributary, the Nepean River, almost encircle the metropolitan region of Sydney.
However, the 4 hours was nearly up so they turned around and headed back to Wiseman’s Ferry. Wiseman’s Ferry is the oldest ferry crossing still in operation in New South Wales. The river settlement of Wiseman’s Ferry is located in the heart of the Hawkesbury River around 60 kilometres north-west of Sydney CBD.
They headed back a different way, on the Old Northern Road, through Maroota on Wisemans Ferry Rd. Then it was to Windsor and drop off at the party. They managed to dodge the rain and had a great time. Bel loved her first ride on a Harley, the 4 hours goes so quickly when your having fun. In conclusion, the surprise 40th Harley tour was the best present ever!
Some interesting history about the area. https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/st-albans-nsw