What did I do wrong? Eight cyclists started the tour. Only two completed it!
Eight cyclists arrived at Rippleside to ride this circuit to the north, west, south and east of Geelong – Ross, Peter and John H (GTC) and Neville, John M, David J with son-in-law Neill and Helen (ride leader) from Cycling Geelong.
After hugging the coast to GGS, the ride turned west to the Ted Wilson Trail.
Conditions were perfect – overcast and cool with minimal wind. The quick descent of Hyland Street brought the group to Fyansford, with a lllooonnnggg coffee stop at The Door Gallery Cafe. (The proprietor is not a morning person – and so this stop stretched to almost an hour.)
After a quick and quiet ride to Highton via the river (Neill left the group at Queens Park to take over child-minding from Nancy) it was up Barrabool Road to Wandana Heights Drive to resume the interrupted Ted Wilson Trail. A detour into the campus showed that Deakin is a very quiet place on Sundays (perhaps the library was buzzing). From there the last ascent of the day stretched up the old highway at Waurn Ponds and onto the new highway towards Colac for a couple of hundred metres. Peter took off on the steeper ascent of Cochranes Road to Ceres, David tried the new highway back to Highton and Neville retraced the old highway at this point. This left two Johns with Helen for the return to Waurn Ponds via Reservoir Road, and the Ring Road path and Hams Road. (We noted that Mount Duneed Winery in Pettavel Road has a cafe for next time.) The ride continued east, crossing the Surfcoast Highway and meandering down to the old breakwater. At this point John H took off around the river, leaving John M and Helen to continue back to Rippleside via the very busy Waterfront (past the throbbing of the Motor City Music Festival at the Showgrounds and the Wooden Boats Regatta near Steampacket Gardens).
Mainly due to the long coffee stop, it was 1:20pm when the tour was completed – 69km. Thanks to all riders for a most enjoyable ride. Thanks to John Hagan for the map and photos. (Click the map to see detail in Map My Ride)
Suburbs – Rippleside, St Helens, North Geelong, North Shore, Corio, Lovely Banks, Norlane West, Bell Post Hill, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Fyansford, Highton, Wandana Heights, Waurn Ponds, Grovedale, Belmont, Breakwater, Thompson, South Geelong, East Geelong, Geelong, Drumcondra.