Full Moon Ride – St Leonards – Portarlington: Saturday March 23rd, 2019

Thanks to Kevin for this ride report.  Thanks to Richard for the photos.

The full moon ride left St Leonards just after 6pm.  We rode along the path which turned out to be gravel with some sandy patches which was interesting.  Doug caught up with us at Indented Head and that made nine riders in total, we then continued on to the Portarlington Golf Club for dinner.  After the meal we rode to The Esplanade looking for the moon, alas there was too much cloud. We had a lovely ride down the road to St Leonards with some glimpses of the moon.

 

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Full Moon Ride to Oppy’s Bistro: Saturday, 16th February, 2019

Thanks to ride leader Tina for this report.

We met at Lara train station at 6pm. A pleasant ride in daylight. Kevin led the ride and Tina fetched up the rear. We had an enjoyable meal at Norlane Hotel at Oppy’s Bistro. Nick, Karen’s husband met us there for a meal.

We rode back just as it was beginning to get dark. Two highlights, Bernie who has not ridden in 3 months joined us. It was her first ever experience of cycling in the dark. Her lights were not particularly bright but she nestled in between two riders whose lights lit up her path. She was thrilled with her experience. The other highlight was David Salamy brought along a speaker and played music all MOON themes. Some of us sang along as we rode along happily.

The weather was fine. A little head wind on the way out. Quite still on our return. Cloudy so not ideal to see the moon. The position of the moon on our return was directly in front of us which was the aim. Thanks to Kevin.

Lara via Ted Wilson Trail and Hovells Creek

This most successful ride was led by Allan Marshall, with thirteen participants, of whom 11 signed on at 8am at Leisuretime Centre in Anakie Road.  The ride route was via the Ted Wilson Trail to Broderick Road, then via School Road to Shell Parade before joining up with the Hovells Creek trail at Rennie Street.  Coffee was at Xpresso Cafe in Lara. 

The return was via Hovells Creek Path and Ted Wilson Trail.

Thanks to Allan for leading and to all participants.

One rider who shall remain nameless missed the ride, due to misreading the starting point – perhaps we need more northern rides, so our members can experience the excellent riding opportunities on the northern side of Geelong.

Combined Ride to Armstrong Creek and Freshwater Creek – 10th February, 2019

John Hagan’s Circuit to Armstrong Creek & Freshwater Creek as a Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong on Sunday 10.2.19

A good turnup of 12 riders at Sth Geelong for our ride today. However, Ron made the mistake that many of us have in the past, and that is because he had a beanie on his head had the secure feeling that he had his helmet on – unfortunately he didn’t and had to head home. In the photo below (from L to R) we have: Lindy, Peter J, Dave S (only participant from Cycling Geelong), Ian, Rolf, Heather, Ron, a new rider – Jennie, Ross and Dr Mike. Photo was taken by John and Noel made a grand return to the Club just after the photo was taken. Sunday was a good day to be heading down Barwon Heads Rd as the traffic was not as heavy as on weekdays. We followed the scenic path along Armstrong Creek and crossed the Surf Coast Highway and on to Whites Rd. Here the road had been

narrowed in the rebuilding process and was cortrolled by traffic lights. However, we were unable to trigger the green light and had to make alternative arrangements. Being a dull morning (weatherwise) The Farmer’s Place was not overcrowded and coffee service was quick. The highlight of the return trip was taking the newly completed Pipeline Track through Highton. Our total trip was just over 40km and by the time we finished the sun was just starting to peep through the clouds. Thanks everyone for a very enjoyable ride.

Keep Riding, John H.

Deakin University and the Pipeline Track – Sunday, 23rd December, 2018

On the Sunday before Christmas, our Ride Coordinator, Dave, led a ride through Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus and along the new pipeline path. The Deakin ride introduced some gravel paths (with your photographer choosing the bitumen option).  Photos taken near Epworth Hospital, Waurn Ponds.

Coffee was at Highton Shopping Centre.

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday, 9th February 2019

David led 11 enthusiastic cyclists on a cool and rainy circuit of the Barwon River.  Unlike last week, when ride leader Herman grew so hot that his sizzling bike had to be doused by our trusty CFA officer, Geoff, it was rain jackets all round.

A couple of non-cyclists (Gavan and Heather and her granddaughter) joined the group for coffee at the Barwon Edge.

Charlotte, David, Caroline and Paul

The rowers were undeterred by the rain.

Rowers on the Barwon