With a 70% chance of rain, and blowing an easterly gale I wasn’t confident of many takers for the easy/medium circuit to Drysdale. As the cloud cleared and the road dried, only one other cyclist, Mike from GTC, arrived, and at 8.32 we took off for Drysdale via Bellarine Highway and Swan Bay Road.
I’d been warned that there might be a paparazzi presence. Sure enough, a few ks short of Leopold, we were spotted by a huge zoom lens driven by John H. After a few words, he was off back to Geelong before another celebration for the special birthday – this time with his family on the other side of Port Phillip.
The wind was no problem, the sunshine 100% as we continued through Leopold to Swan Bay Road – a pleasant uphill (Mike’s first time in this direction). Cafe Zoo, as usual, provided a great place to stop for coffee, and a shady table was sought. Mike, fresh from living in Albury, gave me the gen on a new cycle path in Albury for my trip in a couple of weeks. I’ll do my best to avoid the snakes.
The return was fast, with a tail wind, and a couple of lovely downhill stretches. The Bellarine Rail Trail was quiet as usual, but we deviated to Portarlington Road to avoid the unsealed section after Melaluka Road. The new barriers, heavy, fast traffic and rough stony patches now make the Portarlington Road a single file only option until west of the Alcoa turnoff.
Don’t be daunted! Next time, join us.
Helen (Ride Leader)