Once again, there was an excellent turn up, with twenty-one cyclists assembling near the Geelong Showgrounds.
After waiting for a few latecomers, the ride got underway.
Helen led the ride as far as Leopold
A few verses of Doug’s On Ya Bike! poem
The rail trail initially passes through Geelong’s south eastern suburbs, before crossing the Bellarine Highway at Moolap. From there on the area is more open – farmlands. Thanks to the work of the Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail, vegetation shelters the path for most of the way to Drysdale. Doug, the ride leader, joined the group at Leopold. As rest stop was held at the top of the Leopold syncline at Christies Road. The rail trail is the easiest way for cyclists to climb this hill, with all cyclists accomplishing this easily.
From there the group quickly traversed farmlands to the Portarlington Road, past Curlewis Golf Club, where a new path was underway into the cafe at the driving range. From there, it was only a short way to Cafe Zoo, with the final section from the trail to Drysdale being on road.
As usual, the cafe was friendly and welcoming, and a noisy group only quietened a little for Doug’s latest On Ya Bike! poem, delivered in his best radio announcer voice. The group was joined here by Jeff who’d ridden over from Point Lonsdale.
John H. Dave and Dirk at Cafe Zoo
Doug reads his latest stanzas in On Ya Bike!
It was good to see a few new riders to On Ya Bike! for this ride – we hope to see them back next week.
The return to the rail trail was via Wyndham Street and Jetty Road before a return to the showgrounds at around noon (with afternoon storm clouds threatening).
Thanks to ride leader and bard Doug Merritt, Gerry and Terry our tail-enders, and photographer John Hagan. Thanks to all riders.
The fourth ride in the On Ya Bike! series is to Moriac, leaving from South Barwon Reserve at 9am, next Wednesday, October 24th. See you there on ya bike!