About hlyth2013

I run websites for The Choral Grapevine (a regional newsletter for choirs in Western Victoria and South-Eastern South Australia) and Cycling Geelong (a recreational cycling group). I am an artist and photographer, musician and recreational cyclist.

Warrnambool – Port Fairy Rail Trail: November 5 & 6, 2018

Thanks to Barbara van der Burg for this report.

Warrnambool to Port Fairy rail Trail ride

 Six eager riders Dirk, Barbara Carla, John, Dave S, and Lynton  met at the Geelong station in time to catch the 8:32 am train to Warrnambool on a grey looking Monday morning.

We all had reserved seats and our bikes were safely handed into the guard’s van for our trip to Warrnambool. Time passed quickly and a coffee and muffin was very welcome morning tea giving us the energy for the first half of the ride to Koroit  for our late lunch.

Sky was overcast and clouds threatened rain but the ride was mostly dry.

The track was firm packed gravel but with lots of embedded small rocks making the going as bit tough for Carla’s hybrid bike.  Lunch was a welcome break as the stiff headwind made the going a bit tough even though the gradient was small. We enjoyed our lunch break at Koroit and headed off with renewed vigour with Dave promising a downhill ride into Port Fairy.

Downhill it was but the stiff headwind made it seem an uphill push.  Once we arrived in Port Fairy we all enjoyed a coffee break and the clouds cleared to show a sunny afternoon for our ride round the town visiting all the sights that our two tour guides in Carla and Lynton had in store for us.

After exploring the town we went to our accommodation to shower and change ready for dinner at the local pub.  All riders retired after 9:30pm to rest up for the ride home in the morning.

Weather forecast for Tuesday promised  some rain and a tail wind which we all eagerly hoped for to speed the ride back to Warrnambool.

Breakfast at the Hub at 7 am meant that we were on the road at 7:45 to catch the 11:43 train back to Geelong.

As promised the rain came down for the first 6 Kilometers but then eased up and stopped. Unfortunately the promised tailwind didn’t happen so we were on our own with pedal power with no assist.

We stopped at Korouit to look at the Old Station buildings. Some very friendly locals happily shared information about the area as well as acted as photographer.

When we nearly reached Warrnambool the boys spotted a very steep track and walked up to take a look at the vista – both inland and to the ocean.

We arrived back at Warrnambool Station early enough to hose down our muddy bikes before the safe trip back to Geelong.

A great two days ride by 6 keen Cycling Geelong Club members.

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A Ride to the Cinema: “One for All” at Waterland Farm

Dave led five cyclists (David S, Dave Simpson, Lynton, Doug, Kevin)  to Waterland Farm in the Barrabool Hills to the boutique cinema to see One for All a documentary about the first five years of the Green Edge Cycling team.  They were joined by Heather, Helen and Linda.  They were hosted by Rick and Sheila who have a cinema in their shearing shed.  Anyone who watches the tour will find this peak into the ethos of Green Edge a satisfying insight into the culture of this first Aussie team to compete at this elite level.

Funds raised from the cinema support Annam Cara House which provides palliative care in Geelong.

Thanks to Lynton for organising the ride, Dave for leading it, and Sheila and Rick the hosts.

Barwon River Circuit: Saturday 3rd November, 2018

Kevin led 15 cyclists around the river path, which was busy with the usual pot pourri of cyclists, walkers, rowers and dogs.  The wind was strong from the west, but only slowed the cyclists in the open section near the Barwon Valley Adventure Playground.  It was good to welcome Nell back into the group after her time away in Europe.

Coffee was at Barwon Edge.

Thanks to Kevin for leading and Michael who was trusty tail-ender.

On Ya Bike! 5 – Allan’s Mystery Ride: Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

There were 15 cyclists for the final ride of the On Ya Bike! series of rides for the Seniors’ Festival.  Kelly Rowe led the ride – to a ‘mystery’ destination, on a route devised by our mystery ride man, Allan Marshall.  Kelly led the riders to Limeburners Lagoon, then via the Hovells Creek path to Lara.  Doug Merritt performed the latest verses in his poem “On Ya Bike!” punctuated by the hearty response of “On Ya Bike!” from all.

The feature of the ride was a full circumnavigation of Avalon Airport before coffee back in Lara at Xpresso.  The service was friendly and prompt as usual before the cyclists set off back along Hovells Creek to Rippleside.

Thanks to Kelly for leading the ride, Allan and Kelly for devising it and Doug for his poetry interludes.

 

ACT retains passing minimum distance laws

After a trial, the ACT government has decided to retain mandatory minimum passing distances for motorists passing cyclists.  Read more in the Canberra Times article.

Do you think we should follow this lead in Victoria?  Currently the law only specified a ‘safe’ passing distance and the government has funded an education campaign.

WA has a minimum passing distance of 1m for speed limits of 60kph or less and 1.5 m for speeds over 60kph.

Goldfields Ride – St Arnaud: 28-30 September, 2018

Thanks to Karen, joint tour leader for this report and photos.

It was an early start on Friday morning as Nick & I left home in the bus to pick up Kelly and head off to Allan’s house to commence our Annual Cycling Trip.   Arriving at Allan’s house at about 7:45am, we were greeted by Allan, Richard, Denise and Margy and loaded bikes and luggage.  By 8:30am all the attendees had arrived so the only task left was to hook the trailer to the bus and head off.  Estimated time of departure was set at 8:30, however a small glitch with the connection to the trailer and no lights set us back a little.  Again it was Allan to the rescue with a new plug and we headed off 10 minutes later which was still good timing.

It was a chilly morning with Carmel having a strong need for coffee, so coffee and toilet stop was had in Ballarat.  The coffee did help the insomniac’s Kelly and I  who had not slept well the night before and as we all know, I can quite animated and excitable after a long black.  With empty bladders and caffeine induced fervour we headed for Kara Kara Winery for some tasting and purchasing of wine.  It was proving to be a chilly morning with sunny breaks and the promise of no rain according to the Bureau of Meterology, however we did encounter some light rain on the way.  Helen, Sally, Heather and her daughter Edena met us at Kara Kara to join in on our weekend away.     It was a very informative session with the son of the winery owner giving us a great talk on the effects of no rain on effecting the growth and education on the use of Verjuice which can be used much like Vinegar or dressing.  I’m sure all of us who purchased this can’t wait to try some.

Kara Kara Winery, near St Arnaud

Our trusty bus driver then drove us onto the St Arnaud Caravan Park to unload bikes and go for our first ride.   Lunch was cancelled at Six 2 Six due to a food shortage, albeit a great lunch was then had at The Dabbling Duck.  After a stroll from the Caravan Park our bus driver renowned Vanilla Slice Connoisseur arrived to a lady bearing one from The Dabbling Duck.  As I understand this passed the Vanilla Slice taste test.

Onward and upward it was to visit The Wax Gardens, in which Margy and I couldn’t see any flowers but our very educated member Helen spotted many beautiful specimens and once again took some amazing photos.  Kelly & I led the ride around St Arnaud and we visited the “Love Cottage”,  “Steam Engine”  and “Bush Lookout”.  Kelly & I decided to cut the ride short so that we could all get ready for dinner at The Sportsman’s Club and after a lovely meal and a couple of drinks we headed back to the Caravan Park.

Leading the club on our walk back Geoff & I thought we were going the way back we came in but this was not the case, this was not the route we embarked on so there must have been too much talking.

Kelly & I don’t sleep in so we rode around the town of St Arnaud and looked at some beautiful old churches.  Lucky for us Kelly spotted bindy eyes in our tyres, which could have been disastrous.  Again it was a chilly morning, minus one was the temperature on arising but the sun was out and warmed our bones.

Photos were taken and then we headed back for the caravan park for our next ride to The Logan Pub, a tiny establishment in a very small town.

Charming, nonetheless less, there is nothing like Champagne served in a wine glass.  Adorned with a lot of paraphernalia and old style walls and furniture this little pub didn’t disappoint.  Again another great meal was had and with a small kitchen and only a few cooks the service was exemplarily. After lunch we headed off for St Arnaud for some Grand Final Day celebrations and a BBQ.

Sunday morning came with 2 well rested ride leaders ready for action, however the bus was not.  Again our support vehicle had another glitch and Kevin once again lent a hand to help.  After bidding farewell to Geoff & Stef, we left slightly later than planned nonetheless it was again an easy ride to Sally’s Paddock.   After some tasting and a light lunch, a call was placed to Allan Marshall to thank him for all of his planning of his trip, his organisation of the event made things much easier , it was also a presentation to our trusty bus driver and a card to thank him also for all of his hard work.

Finally, it was time to end our trip and travel home, after several stops we eventually arrived at Allan’s to unpack our bags and bikes and head for our respective homes.  It was agreed that this trip was a success, with great cycling, great food, company and camaraderie.   Thank you to Geoff and Steph for organising the meat for our BBQ,  to Kelly who had done all the ground work for our ride routes and all the other tasks he completed to make this trip a success,  Kevin for his assistance in loading bikes,  Nick our competent bus driver and support vehicle, Helen for her superb photos and chronicling our trip, Heather for also taking photo’s and a shout out to Edena & Denise who rode like professionals on Sunday.   Thanks to Richard also for his weak bladder, we thoroughly enjoyed all the toilet stops on the last leg of our trip.  Thank you to all who attended, you are the ones that make this Annual Trip an absolute pleasure, I think we can all agree that lots of fun, laughter and friendship was had.  P.S. Can’t wait for next year.

Karen

Cycling Geelong and especially all the participants on this year’s Goldfields Tour, especially thank our two ride leaders, Karen and Kelly, Allan who spent many hours planning the tour so that it would be faultless, and our intrepid and resourceful bus driver, Nick.

Allan already has 2019’s tour in planning.  See you there!

 

On Ya Bike! – Ride 4 – Barwon Heads & Ocean Grove: Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

The 4th On Ya Bike! for 2018 was scheduled to be a ride to Moriac.  However, after finding that the Moriac Store was to be closed for the Geelong Cup, ride leader Dave Simpson, opted to ride to The Cheeky Cow in Collendina.

There were fourteen cyclists, who enjoyed the ride along Barwon Heads and Thirteenth Beach Roads to Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove and down to The Cheeky Cow for coffee.  Several of these riders had been supporting On Ya Bike! since the very first series in 2008!

After a welcome break, the only real hill of the day was tackled – Bonnyvale Road to Shell Road.  Then it was an easy ride with a tail wind back to the start at South Barwon Reserve.

Thanks to Dave for planning and leading the ride and all our On Ya Bike! riders.

Next week is the final On Ya Bike! for 2018 – Allan’s Mystery RidePlease note, this ride begins at 8.30.  The starting place is Rippleside Park, and the distance somewhere between 50 and 70km.