There were 11 riders today and we started soon after a major rain event had occurred in Geelong. The ride was pleasant with an overcast sky and little wind but a short rain storm caught us at Curlewis. Seven riders sheltered ( almost dry) under a sheoak tree but 4 others sheltered under a pine tree and got wet and attacked by mosquitos. I am not sure what lesson can be learned from this.
After the storm we rode under blue skies to Café Zoo for a pleasant refreshment break and rode back as a group under more blue skies to the meeting point without incident.
All covid restrictions were enforced and road rules obeyed.
Thanks to Bill J, ride leader, for this report and photo.
Dave led the ride, with 13 cyclists starting from the showgrounds, and others joining along the route to a total of 18. Conditions were perfect and, as usual, the welcome and service at Cafe Zoo was great.
Keith led on the return as Dave and Joe left at Drysdale to visit The Pedal Shed in Clifton Springs. Helen, Stella and Karen left the ride at Moolap Station Road, to return home via Eastern Park and the waterfront.
Thanks to Dave and Keith, ride leaders, and to Dave for the photo from the Showgrounds.
Thanks to David S, ride leader for this report and photos.
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.
Sixteen riders (including (Dr) Mike from GTC) left South Geelong in two groups. Along the way we picked-up Gavan, Ron L. (GTC) and Doug creating the largest number of Thursday riders since before COVID-19.
As usual, Cafe Zoo were right on to it with tables ready for us in the front garden and courtyard. In future, I recommend the ride leader should appoint someone to lead each group, to help things run more smoothly. No incidents occurred and the High Street magpie has ceased surveillance operations! Yay!!
Thanks to ride leader Kevin for this report and photo.
Sixteen riders left the show grounds at 9am, to be met by Gavan at Coppards Road. On the way Peter got a puncture and decided to go home, and Joe went with him. Cafe Zoo was very busy, and they were turning people away. The ride back was uneventful.
16 riders left our South Geelong starting point, joined a little later by Doug. A detour from the rail trail, caused by waterworks works, at Wilsons Road sent us around some suburban streets. On the return trip the only incident to report was when that I, while negotiating the detour turn off, exited the track into a drain. No injury was sustained to rider or bike. While this incident was witnessed by many, no video footage was taken which may be a good thing. Thanks to Paul and all participants.
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.*)