Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail, Thursday 12th November, 2020

Thanks to Margy for this report and ride photos.

It was overcast with a strong wind.  14 Riders left the showgrounds with a strong tail wind. Along the way 3 more riders joined the group. Pleasant camaraderie was enjoyed at the Zoo, and then the return journey was into a head wind.

David Salemy got a puncture along the trail but quickly fixed it satisfactorily.

Margy recommends that riders continue along the bike lane to the pedestrian lights at Drysdale, rather than turning right at the previous roundabout and riding on the footpath.  Remember, when on Cycling Geelong rides, cyclists should obey all road rules.

Dave would like the lights to be activated at Tivoli Drive – a new road which crosses the trail at Curlewis.  (Editor’s note:  It would be great if the default for these lights were green for the trail – which pre-exists the road as a path or railway by over 140 years.*)

*The Queenscliff line opened in 1879, branching from the South Western line at South Geelong. It was among the first branch lines to be built in the state of Victoria. https://www.railgeelong.com/lineguide/queenscliff/

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Barwon River Circuit – Saturday 17th and 24th October, 2020

Thanks to Rod and Kevin for their reports and expert leadership.

Rod’s comment on his ride on 17th October, “No troubles.  Another good ride with good cobbers.”

Kevin reports:

Kevin, David J, David F, Peter O, and George rode the river track, which was wet after the rain, but we had no rain on the ride. Doug joined us for coffee at Barwon Edge.

Ride photograph taken at the Breakwater.  

Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Thursday 15th October 2020

Thanks to ride leader Bill for this report and photos.

Today we had 13 riders who set off for Drysdale. It was a  warm and very humid day with rain expected in the afternoon.

Unfortunately Peter Olsen had a flat tyre along the trail in Whittington. While repairing the tyre we were attacked by huge numbers of mosquitoes. The group was sent on and Peter and I stayed to repair the tyre. We were not able to fix the tyre and Peter decided to walk back to the start and I rode on to Drysdale. Peter did get his wife to pick him up and had the tyre repaired at de Grandi’s.

I was killing 5 mosquitoes at a time  but they still were unbearable.

Otherwise the riders had a nice coffee and cake at the Zoo and rode back together to the start point.

I would recommend that future rides carry plenty of insect repellent

Barwon River Circuit: 29th August, 2020

Kevin reports that, once again, people are still riding the river circuit.  These Cycling Geelong members were spotted riding singly, and in pairs, at the Breakwater on a sunny Saturday morning.

Thanks to Kevin for this brief report and photos.  We look forward to the easing of Covid19 restrictions and being able to ride club rides again.