This ride started with the promise of excellent weather, and it did not disappoint as the morning progressed. The 18 riders departed from the South Barwon Reserve and headed out along Barwon Heads road with the assistance of a light wind. The group spaced out a little with a regrouping after passing by the Warralilly Estate and turning into Lake Road. The only hiccup along this section was a dropped chain which was quickly returned to its proper position.
The group then progressed on to Staceys Rd and regrouped again just over Barwon Heads Rd. The ride then continued on to the Wind Turbine and progressed along 13th Beach Rd. The ride along 13th Beach Rd was truly wonderful with smallish waves rolling in under the blue sky overhead. John Hagan who was again the official photographer, took up position along here to capture some photos of the riders.
The Barwon Heads Hotel was our final regrouping before the essential Coffee and cake stop at the Dunes.
Coffee and cake was served in an orderly manner with no mix ups as names were taken with the orders. The riders sat outside in the wonderful weather overlooking the Ocean Grove surf beach.
The return ride was a return along 13th beach road to the wind turbine. The outlook for the return ride was simply outstanding. The waves had increased in size and so had the number of surfers. The water and waves were now a mix of brilliant turquoise and blue.
At the wind turbine some riders returned the same way that we came, others rode the new bike track and Blackgate Rd, and returned along Horseshoe Bend Rd. into a slight head wind.
All riders returned safe and sound following what was seen as a very good ride.
Paul Hart, Ride Leader.
Editor’s note: Thanks to Paul for leading this most enjoyable ride so expertly and to John H for the photos – see clip below.