Despite the wet, cold and windy morning, 14 cyclists attended the second On Ya Bike! ride, led by Helen. Unfortunately, three more cyclists, who had planned to ride, were unable to – due to work commitments, punctures and transport difficulties.
The short circuit of Geelong began at Rippleside, taking in the new waterfront path at Balmoral Quay, Cement Works Rail Trail to the old Cement Works at Herne Hill, and the new path through Fyansford development to Fyansford. While this last path is off road, it’s steep in places, and a little daunting, especially when wet. However, everyone made it safely to the Barwon River Path for the short ride to Swanston Street. Refreshments were at Little Creatures – most welcome after the convoluted ride so far. The weather had improved so the group opted to sit outside, in sun or shade depending on rider preference.
The ride then continued along Swanston Street to the waterfront and returned to Rippleside via the waterfront path.
Thanks to all riders, and especially Dirk who did an admirable job as tail-ender.
Next week’s On Ya Bike! goes to Drysdale, via the Bellarine Rail Trail. The starting point is the Rail Trail, corner Car Street and Tucker Street (near the Showgrounds entrance), at 9am. This ride is mainly on an excellent shared path, with a short on-road section in Drysdale (to get to that essential coffee stop). The distance is around 38km.
See you there On Ya Bike!