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.*)
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
As there were more than 10 riders, we split into two groups. The Drysdale magpie on High Street, on the town side of the railway station, is still actively swooping riders. Robert and Tina rode from Portarlington and joined us for morning tea.
13 riders braved the cold and frosty start for the ride to drysdale. Coffee was at Cafe Zoo, with tables for four spread well apart. The ride back was much warmer and uneventful, with plenty of sunshine. Good riding weather after the cold start.
Thanks to ride leader Kevin for this report and photo.