Lara via Hovells Creek Path – Sunday 20th December, 2020

Helen and David J arrived at Rippleside for this ad hoc ride.  The decision was to ride to Lara, via Hovells Creek.  Pre-Christmas roads were very quiet along the northern waterfront, as was Hovells Creek path.  Another David, who was riding by himself, joined us part way along the trail and joined us for coffee at Xpresso Cafe in Lara.  David I (not J) then cycled on a longer and faster ride while David J and Helen returned to Rippleside via Hovells Creek.

The two Davids at Xpresso Lara

Lara – Paths and Lakes – via Hovells Creek Path, Sunday, 26th July, 2020

Dave led a group of 10 on a relaxed ride to Lara, via Hovells Creek path.  In contrast to Saturday’s sunny weather, conditions were overcast and misty.  However, these still conditions were perfect for cycling.

Water under Melbourne Road at Lara hasn’t cleared in over a year.

Bikes got wet in the usual flood at the highway underpass.  (It really is time the problem was fixed.  While it’s a nuisance for cyclists, walkers either get wet feet, or have to balance their way along the kerb.)  Coffee was at at Cafe Xpresso.

After coffee, the group explored the concrete path from Flinders Avenue to Patoulis Road which ends with a quite dangerous road crossing.  After this the route led to paths and roads around Lara Lakes – on the eastern and western side of Forest Road.  Several families of Cape Barron Geese were grazing around the western lakes.

The return  to Geelong was once again via Hovells Creek  arriving at Rippleside Park around 12.30pm.

Thanks to Dave for leading a most enjoyable ride.

Lara – Sunday, May 17th, 2020

This was Cycling Geelong’s first Sunday ride after restrictions were reduced to allow up to 10 people in groups outside.

On a very chilly sunny morning (4.7C in Geelong), Helen led David J and Matt from Rippleside Park to Lara via the waterfront and Hovells Creek path.  Conditions were still and sunny.  Due to bike issues, Helen was on her 16″ wheeled Tikit – a quick fold commuter bike, not intended for longer distances.

Bike Friday Tikit – fast fold, slow ride

However, Matt and David happily relaxed the pace to suit.  As usual, there was water under the highway near Rennie Street.

Water over Hovells Creek Path highway underpass, Lara

Coffee at X-presso was quickly dispensed and at their usual high standard.  Due to a late arrival at Rippleside when Doug missed the start by only a minute or two, he arrived at Lara in time for coffee – having sped up the highway and through Corio to Lara, reminding us that Forest Road is dangerous as there is no sealed shoulder for riding.

The return was via the same route.  Thanks everyone for a most enjoyable morning’s riding.



A windy ride to Lara: Sunday July 30th, 2017

It’s been windy the last couple of days with ‘surf’ on Corio Bay, and tree branches down all over!  A northerly wind was predicted, to turn westerly ‘around the middle of the day’.  A short ride to Lara seemed a safe bet.

From the first, it was clear that even at 8.30am, the wind was clearly from the west!  As the deadline approached, and no riders appeared, would I ride anyway, or throw in the towel and go to a movie in Melbourne instead?  The decision didn’t need to be taken as a solitary rider appeared on Bell Parade.

The two of us, Brigid and I (Helen) pedaled north along Corio Bay and over Hovells Creek to Lara.  An early coffee break at X-presso was most welcome.  The return deviated a little from the original plan, reducing the amount of time riding directly into the gale-force wind.  Forest Road still has no sealed shoulders on the busy section between Canterbury Road and the rail crossing, but motorists were pretty courteous this morning, as we battled the cross wind.  The Heales Road section was slow, but, once Ted Wilson Trail was reached, there was some protection from noise barriers as we wended our way back towards Church Street.


The wind had got the better of this porta-loo at Matthews Road.

The Ted Wilson Trail was very quiet.  There was only one pedestrian in the whole distance to Church Street and beyond.  This is usually a very popular path with cyclists – but there were none to be seen anywhere!

I’d forgotten it’s National ‘Plant a Tree’ day.*  A bevy of wonderful volunteers were busy along the path near Drysdale Street.  Thanks to these people we’ll watch this section of native plants as they develop over the next weeks and years, bringing with them native birds.

For the final 5 kilometres down Church Street, it was a most welcome tail wind.  Though a short ride, it was most enjoyable and a good chance to chat on safe bike paths.  Thanks Brigid for sharing the ride.

Brigid – Ted Wilson Trail

Ride Map

As I rode home I spotted one other cyclist – Rolf from GTC returning home along Balmoral Crescent.

A little later, I also spotted our president, John, riding along Douro Street in North Geelong.  So it wasn’t only women who were cycling today!

*Listen to 94.7 The Pulse FM next Saturday at 11am to hear how Heather got on on the opening of one of the paths along Kororoit Creek – another event on National Tree Day.


Little River ride: Sunday 21st May, 2017

As Little River is on the Geelong train line, the Little River ride included an option to take the train to Little River, and ride back assisted by the predicted northerly wind.  Stephanie and Geoff took this option, joining Russell, Kelly and Helen (ride leader) who had ridden from Geelong via Hovells Creek path and Old Melbourne Road.

The ride then proceeded towards the You Yangs and down to Lara for coffee at Xpresso.  The return was via Hovells Creek Path and the waterfront.  The predicted strong northerly didn’t eventuate.

The distance of the full ride was 65km and the short ride 35km.

Ride Map – click to see more detail

Thanks to all riders for another most enjoyable ride.

Next Sunday’s ride (28th May) also features a train ride.  It’s an easy 30km ride on Melbourne’s Capitol City Path, leaving for Southern Cross Station on the 11.47 train from South Geelong of meeting the group at Southern Cross at 1pm.  Robert Turnour is leader (0448 050 789).

Lara via You Yangs: Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Six riders set off from Rippleside Park for a 55km northern circuit – Karen, Kelly, Ric, David F, John M and Helen (ride leader).

151025 Northern Loop

After wending their way through the streets of North Geelong, and a sharp uphill along Neill Street Hamlyn Heights, the ride continued along Bluestone Bridge Road (formerly Rollins Road) to Lovely Banks Road.  The ride to the You Yangs went through new estates in Lovely Banks to Bacchus Marsh Road, then along Windermere and Forest Roads.

The riders kindly waited for Helen back at Windermere Road after the swift downhill tailwind along Flinders Avenue.  Coffee was at Cafe Xpresso in Lara.  Rosemary joined the riders for coffee here, accompanied by her cute pooch – after a morning browsing at a local school fete.

The riders returned via the Hovells Creek path and the waterfront.  Thanks to everyone for a most enjoyable morning’s ride.