Bendigo Tour: May 29-31, 2015

Report from Geoff Andrews

The weekend away in Bendigo was a wonderful success judging by the number of  emails we received  from riders saying how much they enjoyed it all.  A few members wrote and asked,  “When is the next week end away Geoff?

Thankfully those driving up Friday night arrived safe and sound and found the Caravan Park quite easily.  The  arranged impromptu happy hour  with drinks and nibbles on Friday night in Heather & Stella’s cabin was full of chatter, fun and laughter (thank you again).

We all got on so well it was if we had known each other for years and were longing to catch up. The newer members of the club were so easy to get along with, positive, fun and nice company. The pre-made dinners that everyone brought were delicious and satisfying.

Saturday we rode down to The Boardwalk Cafe for a coffee overlooking Lake Weeroona.  It was a pity the weather was cold – it is late May after all …otherwise sitting at tables outside in the Spring/Autumn air would have been magical.Coffee to get the group going to Axedale

bendigo may 030acr editwebAlong with Rod’s friends from Dunnolly 19 riders rode the O’Keefe Trail to Axedale in coolish, overcast weather without any hitches.  The lunch menu to choose from at the Tavern was extensive and  tasty for the price. We were all very hungry so  the amount of food ordered and eaten was the biggest I have seen on a bike ride!  The total distance out and back was 55 kms.bendigo may 033acr editweb

bendigo may 036acr editwebWe all enjoyed another happy hour before we all met  for dinner on Saturday night at the hotel opposite the caravan park.

A shorter ride was chosen on Sunday morning- Lake Weeroona to the Bendigo Pottery & return about 16 kms. Fortunately the drizzle stopped when we visit the lovely Botanical Gardens where the girls all sang along with the nursery rhymes.bendigo may 043acr editweb

Stephanie & I would like to thank everybody for making it a terrific  & successful week end

Warm wishes to all

Thanks for organising a great weekend.

Thanks for organising a great weekend.

Stephanie & Geoff

Bendigo tour: Club event

After our  wonderful social night 11 people indicated their interest in a weekend away to Bendigo on Friday 29th May till Sunday 31st May.
The rides would be O’Keefe Trail on Saturday 45kms return  and the Bendigo Creek trail on Sunday.17kms one way if you go all the way to Bendigo Pottery.
The Creek trail goes past many historic buildings and places of interest so you can stop and linger and not ride all the way.
If partners or friends wish to come with you who do not ride there is public transport outside the caravan park to take them into town,for sightseeing or shopping. Bendigo is a very interesting and historical city.

At the Central City Caravan Park  there are cabins with queen beds, double beds, bunks and single bed mixture of configurations.
If you haven’t already indicated your interest please let Stephanie know by Monday 30th March.  Reservations would be cabins for couples in queen bed cabins  or 3 adults sharing in 4 or 5 berth cabins unless you let Stephanie know otherwise. Looking at the park’s booking there are already a few cabins sold out.
The price range is from $100 for 2 (1 queen bed) to $144 for 3 per night  If you wish to take your caravan please book your own site.
With a good response we will  have a fantastic weekend.  More details of rides catering etc. will follow in  due course.
Safe cycling & warm regards
Stephanie and Geoff.
RSVP TO Stephanie by Monday, 30th March if you’re interested in being part of this Cycling Geelong weekend of cycling.

Header image:  Tunnel under Echuca Railway, O’Keefe Trail.