Barwon River Circuit: Saturday 8th July, 2017

Doug Merritt led this week’s Barwon River circuit.  Lynton was once again tail-end-Charlie.

Despite a cold, windy morning, and some drizzle, there were 15 cyclists.  Doug stopped the group at Queen’s Park, and asked everyone to gather closely as he had a story to tell.

It was a tale of woe – a cascade of problems, all stemming from a broken zipper on a bike rain jacket.  This led to the purchase of several new bike tops, which all had various problems – of zipper stick, sizing etc.  A trip to Melbourne with bike in tow took Doug around the Bay path to Black Rock, before rushing back to the city.  On the way, he encountered the congestion along St Kilda Road for the new Metro tunnel works, and finally reached his destination (with broken chain from all that rushing), only to find he was too late – the bike shop was closed for the day.  RACV Bike Assist came to the rescue (after one false alarm when a normal cab was sent instead of a maxi-cab to take bike and rider) and Doug finally made it back to Southern Cross.  By this time, a flat tyre had caused the whole front tyre to part from the bike.  At South Geelong Bike Assist came to Doug’s aid again to take him home.  And the jacket?  He finally obtained the one he wanted at a shop in Geelong!

As Barwon Edge was closed for a function, Doug led the cyclists to Cafe Fyan at Fyansford.

Thanks Doug, Lynton and all those who once again made the river ride such an enjoyable event.

Doug has a new bike top for sale – going cheap!

Barwon River Ride: Saturday, April 2nd

There was less excitement at the start of this morning’s ride.  Light drizzle meant snakes were not in evidence.  However, rider numbers were again in the mid 20s for Laura’s third time in a row as leader of the club rides.  Bravo Laura, this is probably a record!

The riders were joined by several others at The Breakwater, including Tina and her daughter, Clair.  By this time the weather was fine, cool and partially overcast.  Traffic on the path was light and the pedalton* made good time to Princes Bridge, passing a very large group of Life Activity Club riders going in the other direction.

Near Barwon Valley Fun Park

The ride continued through Highton to Fyansford with another stop at Queens Park.

There was a function on at Barwon Edge, so the group enjoyed their refreshment stop at Fyansford at Cafe Fyans in the old Fyansford general store.

Thanks to Laura for once again leading the Saturday river circuit.

*Cycling Geelong rides are not bunch rides – much more haphazard and relaxed.  The chat is not usually about tactics, number of gears etc. but ranges over the gamut from topical issues to life stories.   Hence ‘pedalton’, rather than ‘peleton’ is the correct term.