Four riders, David J, Neville, Russell and Helen set off to check out the newly opened Baanip Boulevard and the newly duplicated Princes Highway to Mount Moriac.
Baanip Boulevard is part of the Geelong Ring Road extension to the east. The newly opened section runs from Surfcoast Highway to Ghazeepore Road. It was very quiet (the final link, from the Ring Road to Ghazeepore Road is still in progress). A concrete path runs on the northern side of the road – but this stops some 500 metres from Ghazeepore Road. (The original plans were for an off road path right along the path – we’ll keep you posted.) The riders took the sealed shoulder – which is quite uneven with small loose screenings in places.
From Ghazeepore Road, the group used Hams Road to access the Ring Road bike path to the roundabout where the Ring Road joins Anglesea Road. This led to the newly duplicated highway which is now complete to Winchelsea. The shoulder is wide, and, apart from needing some in of the new surface, is pleasant to ride. On the bike, there is time to enjoy this beautiful section of the rolling hills to Mount Moriac, where the group turned south for Raven’s Creek Farm and coffee in the sun.
The return was via Hendy Main Road, Blackgate Road, Anglesea Road and Ghazeepore Road to Waurn Ponds, after which the riders split up.