Red Rock: Sunday, November 1st 2015

There were nine riders for Allan’s annual Red Rock ride – Allan, Kelly, Ric, Russ, David F, Neville, John, Karen and Helen.

All chose to take the longer route.

Kelly and Allan unloading the bike trailer at Colac.

Kelly and Allan unloading the bike trailer at Colac.

151101 Red Rock long

A short break at Lake Beeac showed that the lakes are already suffering the effects of a long period without significant rain.

Neville, David, Karen, Helen, Allan (ride Leader), Russell

Neville, David, Karen, Helen, Allan (ride Leader), Russell

The route then turned west into a strong head wind, passing a number of salt lakes before turning north again at Warrion, towards Warrion Hill.  The roads were quiet and the rural countryside mainly green with numerous excellent examples of dry stone walls.

For the first time, the ride route bypassed Alvie and skirted Red Rock to the west, beside the shores of Lake Corangamite (“the creeping lake”) where cattle grazed on the dry lake bed.

Lunch was at Cafe Rooke – sustenance was welcome.

The cyclists the retraced their path to Coragulac and Lake Corangamite, taking a back road back to the Princess Highway and Colac.  By now there was a spanking tail wind.  After a brief stop to mend a puncture – expert service from our Cycling Geelong mechanical experts Kelly and Allan – Colac was attained at around 3:20.

Thanks to Allan for organising and leading the ride, and Kelly for helping with the trailer, towing it and providing transport.  Thanks also to Karen for the ride photos.

Allan has more modifications planned for next year…

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