Thanks to ride leader, Alex Mishura, for this report and to Geoff Andrews for the pictures.
This is the first time that I had volunteered to lead the regular Saturday Barwon River Ride, feeling that I should contribute something meaningful to the club which has many active, and most helpful club members.
It was a very cloudy, misty morning with an occasional super light drizzle making it a perfect day for a bike ride. Within minutes we had a group of some 28 riders of all ages including several new members.
It is heartening to see new members turning up almost every week. I must admit that whilst I was relatively fit, my fitness level has improved quite markedly since I took up cycling on a regular basis a few years ago. The physical and well-being benefits should not be underestimated.
Seeing we had several new members I reiterated some safety rules that should be complied with to assist an incident free ride as the path is shared with joggers, walkers, other cyclists and dogs taking themselves for a walk. Last week a brilliantly colored snake crossed the path just in front of me, but if you leave them alone they will leave you alone.
I rode my regular Trek road bike which I like for its lightweight construction and I had fitted a new brass bell just for this occasion. It definitely looked out of place on a road bike but it served the purpose.
We looped around the river circuit, I sped up and slowed down to ensure that we rode as a group but also moved along to ensure that we got some meaningful exercise. I even managed to sneak in my involuntary pit stop without too many people noticing. We stopped at our regular watering hole Barwon Edge.
We noted that David had an extra large muffin, adorned with a candle, which he did not share with Nancy as she was not present on this occasion. The candle was lit and all joined in song to acknowledge David’s birthday.
The weather contributed to a very enjoyable river ride.