Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – September 5, 2019

George led around 16 cyclists on this mornings regular ride to Drysdale.  It was a beautiful morning for riding, and the pace was good.

Margy and Jeff arrived at Cafe Zoo to meet the group.  They had ridden the trail from Point Lonsdale as part of their training for Around The Bay in a Day and for Margy’s Great Cycle Challenge (to ride at least 500km in the month of October).  You can sponser Margy here.

The ride back to Geelong was fast – except for George who had a puncture (the second in two weeks).  Thanks to Lynton who stayed to help him repair it.

 

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North western Geelong loop – Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Two cyclists set off on this morning’s ride – Helen (leader) and Kevin.  Perhaps the predicted rain and strong wind and Father’s Day clash daunted other riders.  Wherever you were, you missed a most enjoyable ride.

The ride route was to Soft Cafe in Minerva Road, via a loop from Rippleside – following the waterfront to Geelong Grammar, then across School and Plantation Roads to follow the Ted Wilson Trail to Church Street and coffee.

The coffee shop was very busy (perhaps a few Father’s Day breakfasts were responsible for this).  Kevin’s hot chocolate finally arrived. It’s great to see our coffee shops doing such good business on weekends.

With a Father’s Day lunch date, Kevin then rode home (to a three generations lunch at his daughter’s – Kevin is the proud great grandpa to a three week old baby boy).

The return to Rippleside was via the Cement Works Trail to Douro Street, then Margaret Street overpass.

There was no rain (though by 1.30 a thunderstorm brought heavy rain and hail to Rippleside).

Barwon River Circuit – Saturday 17th August 2019

The ride began with 10 cyclists, led by Helen – but we picked up three more on the way – Hermann, Sally and Richard.  The other  riders were, Carolyn, Geoff (trusty tail-ender), Kevin, Charlotte, Denis, Lynton, David J, David S and Russell.

Conditions were perfect weather-wise, but less so on the path.  While this is sealed except for the notorious short section at Fyansford, the ride was ‘all terain’ with a bit of amphibian added. Flood waters had receded, leaving only a few places where there was water over the path, but after the water came the mud!  At Queens Park Bridge we noticed cyclists using the grass to avoid a muddy patch on the path.  This should have been a warning but your intrepid riders continued undaunted.  Some rode the path, others took to the grass.  The ride leader soon became tail-ender as mud and grass caked bike wheels, brakes and settled in huge clumps where the wheels pass the bike frame.  David F had a spill on the slippery grass – the fall somewhat broken by the muddy grass.  It seems only pride was wounded.

Finally, very spread out, all riders reached Barwon Edge for coffee, where they were joined by Nancy and Heather.  After some more hasty mud clearing from wheels, all riders successfully made it back to Balyang.

Before the mud!

Saturday afternoon sorted – bike clean!

Lara via Hovells Creek – Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Five riders set off from Rippleside, under the leadership of Dave Simpson – Dirk, Barbara, Kevin and Helen.

The ride went along the new path beside Balmoral Quay, then to Limeburners Lagoon via Lascelles Wharf, and on to Lara via Hovells Creek.  As usual, there was flooding under the highway (made worse by a new curb which, instead of holding the creek waters back, stops the water from draining off the path.  (This issue has been added to the current survey into shared paths.*)

Coffee was a X-presso, before a return on much the same route.

Thanks to ride leader and all riders.

City of Geelong – Shared Trails Masterplan

* The City is surveying shared paths throughout the region, asking for feedback and suggestions.  In particular, the aim will be to fill gaps where paths do not join up, and solve issues.  There are several more face to face sessions, and an online map, on which you can add your comments, upload photos and view issues raised by others. Please add your feedback – you are the expert on paths you use frequently.

 

  • 8 August, 2019 –  Bellarine Community Health Centre, 39 Fenwick Street, Portarlington
  • 10 August, 2019 –  Waurn Ponds Library, (meeting room) 230 Pioneer Road, Grovedale
  • 15 August, 2019 –  Lara Hall, 1B Flinders Ave, Lara
  • 22 August, 2019 – fOrt Youth Centre, Cnr Melbourne and St. George Rds, Norlane

 

After the survey, the identified needs will be prioritised and dealt with as funds become available (for have your say on issues that concern you – the more feedback, the higher the priority).

Northern Bike Paths – Sunday 21st July, 2019

Kelly led five riders (Kelly, Karen, Helen, Richard and Dave S) on a most enjoyable circuit from Federal Mills in North Geelong, to North Shore, Bell Park to the Ted Wilson Trail.  Shared paths were available for almost all of this section, though, with debris on the path tunnel under Thompson Road, a road detour was made.

The ride continued to Ballarat Road and along a newly resealed path to Ballan Road, where lack of infrastructure makes the turn into Creamery Road difficult.  From Creamery Road, the cyclists turned downhill along Bluestone Bridge Road and under the railway line to return to the Ted Wilson Trail, which was followed north to its end at Broderick Road.  The return journey was around the waterfront paths.

Coffee was at Pickers Union and the Federal Mills.

Thanks to Kelly, ride leader for this interesting ride.

Brimbank Park via Maribyrnong River – Sunday, 26th May, 2019

Thanks to Robert Turnour (ride leader) for this report

Trusting the weather report that rain would hold off until later in the day, Hermann, Dirk and Barbara and I set off on the lastest City Ride; a circuit from Sunshine Station to Brimbank Park, Keilor East, then back along the Maribrynong River Trail to Footscray and back to Southern Cross Station.

We got underway from Sunshine Station just before 1pm riding into a westerly / northwesterly wind. We rode past Albion Station picking up St Albans Road which took us to a path that runs adjacent to the Western Ring Road. This path took us to Brimbank Park crossing the Ted Witten Bridge on the way.

We enjoyed a lunch break at the Kiosk/Cafe which is run by Lumber and Co at the Visitors Centre at the Park. The Kiosk/Cafe will develop further over time as the business develops. They provided a toastie/coffee deal for us which we enjoyed.

Following lunch we located the River Path which is an unsealed track to around Essendon West. Some sections had blue metal which made traveling on a roadie a bit challenging. We rode, or walked at times, to stay safe and avoid any falls. The River Valley was a peaceful place to ride through. We spotted a number of birds including some fairly relaxed grass parrots. The traffic, pedestrians and other cyclists, was sparse on the upper end. It increased as we got closer to the more populated areas around Avondale Heights.

There is a terrific view of the City from a lookout at Lily Park, Essendon West. The  Park is on the opposite side of the River from the old Maribrynong Munitions Factory. The ride from there flows well along well made and established paths. It took us back passed the Angler’s Tavern at Maribrynong and Pipe Makers Park.  At Footscray, we got onto the path that runs adjacent to Footscray Road.  We followed it back to Docklands then back up Collins Street to Southern Cross Station where we caught the 5.10 service back to Geelong; with plenty of time to spare. We were assisted with a tail wind for most of the ride back from Brimbank Park.

Timing is everything; we enjoyed a great day of cycling arriving back home before the heavy rain storm went through around 7.00pm. Very thankful for that.

Robert Turnour

Warburton Rail Trail – Sunday, 19th May, 2019

Thanks to Allan Marshall, ride leader extraordinaire, for this report and photos.

We left the Leisure time carpark at about 8am with all bikes onboard Allan’s car and the trailer (on Georges car). We got to Altona & Allan’s car computer was saying to check the engine nothing he could do but lift the bonnet & slam it down again, started it up and continued on again. Then it happened again in Ringwood stopped and started again.  We  had lost George – thank goodness for mobile phones!   In our confusion we lost the page to some of the main Roads there but Karen saved the day with Google and a new route through Lilydale.  After all this we arrived there 15 minutes late.

At Launching Place we saw another bike trailer with a much easier securing system for the bikes.  It holds 10 bikes but, if we set up ours like it, ours could hold 12.

Everyone liked this ride. We had a fair look around Warburton,   Allan took a video of some of the ride and some interesting things in the town (hopefully we’ll add this to the report soon).  All 10 of us were very tired when we got back to the cars at Mt Evelyn. We had a good meal and a great mug of coffee at the Bakery before a bit of sight seeing. We left it up to George to take us home.  It was a little different, but he got us there. Thanks to all of you who came on this ride.  You made an ageing member’s* day.  I enjoyed being with you all.  I will see you out on the trails sometime.

Cheers Allan

Ride Statistics

  • Ride Leader – Allan
  • 10 cyclists – George, Karen, Kelly, Sally, Kevin, Richard, Russell, Jeff, Carla and Allan
  • Distance 64km (there and back on rail trail) = a total of 640km!
  • Departure time (from Geelong) 7.30am.
  • Return time 6.30pm
  • Injuries – NIL
  • Weather – perfect!
  • Black spots – none
  • Happy cyclists – 10!

*A good few Cycling Geelong members helped celebrate Allan’s 80th birthday last year at Oppy’s Bistro.