Skipton – Linton (Skipton Ballarat Rail Trail): Sunday, 24th April, 2016

Thanks to Stella (ride leader) for this report.

What a beautiful day for a ride in the countryside!  Twelve keen riders met at 9:30 in Skipton to enjoy the Skipton to Linton and return ride.   We started  the ride with a coffee stop  in Skipton at the new cafe (just over the bridge) called 888 Chocolate Stop.  Its only been open  for 2 weeks   and very reasonable and friendly  well worth a visit if passing through Skipton.

The bike trail is  in very good condition at present with very hard sandy gravel  so the riding was fairly easy and allowed lots of opportunity to view the lovely views and rolling countryside  AND  enjoy the peace of it all!  We had a short stop in Linton at the cafe there and shared Lunch.

On the return journey we all  went our individual speeds.  Paul and Dave zoomed off further down the track towards Ballarat  and Doug  went in search of the school he had taught at  in his early days teaching!  Karen was  riding so much better and  set her own pace with Sandra.   The rest slowly followed on taking in the  sunshine and the relaxed afternoon.  Unfortunately  no kangaroos joined us this time but Karen spotted an echidna by the track.  It’s very  special to see this.

The group finished off with  another stop at the  cafe and we all agreed it had been a  lovely day  and ride and hopefully repeated in the not too distant future.

Thanks to all who participated.



Thanks to Stella for leading this ride – originally scheduled in December, and twice postponed.  However, the day was perfect in the end.  This is clearly in the Best Rides category.   Thanks to Rosemary for the photos.

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