Thanks to Robert, ride leader, for this report and photos.
City Ride – Capitol City Trail alternative
Tuesday 21 December presented a beautiful summer morning for Kevin, Lynton, Margy, Jeff and I to catch the Geelong Flyer into Victoria Harbour for the start of a City Ride; the first one I had been able to run for quite some time. Tina had planned to join us but was unable to on the day due to ill health.
To make use of the 9 hours we had between Ferries the plan was to make our way to Footscray followed by Williamstown, Altona, Footscray, Maribrynong, Port Melbourne then back to Victoria Harbour, Docklands, for the trip back to Geelong.
Construction, as part of the Westgate Tunnels system could be seen as we cycled the path adjacent to Footscray Road. Turning left over the Maribrynong River took us onto the paths that lead to Williamstown. Once under the Westgate Bridge more peaceful cycling was experienced as the path moved away from roads that can carry a lot of traffic.
We made our way to Williamstown Beach via the track that follows the coast. A lot of beautiful seaside scenery can be enjoyed along this section. We enjoyed a break and refreshments at a Cafe at Williamson Beach where children and families were starting to gather for a day’s beachside activities.
Following morning tea we continue onto a lovely Park at Altona Beach. There is a beautiful Moreton Bay Fig Tree in the Park. The route to the Park had been great cycling on excellent paths that weren’t heavily trafficked and wound the way through wetland parks and by the seaside.
After a break and, for some of us, a check out of the local market that is held on Tuesdays we began making our way north towards Maribrynong. This leg of the route was largely uncharted by me. We cycled Millers Road before being able to pick up a bike path along Kororoit Creek where we found our way to Greive Parade, on which we crossed over the Westgate Freeway.
From there we rode a few back streets eventually finding a service road adjacent to the old Geelong Road. Riding this we got to the West Footscray Station where we were able to use the ramps to cross to the north side of the railway line. Yours truly had the idea of having lunch at the Cafe at the Western Bulldog’s Head Quarters, which was close to the Station. Unfortunately it wasn’t open. This led us on a search for a Cafe which we eventually found in Barkley Street, West Footscray. We were all a little frayed by this time and in need of some food, fluid and rest; which we found at the Cafe.
At this time it was realised by one of the group that a backpack had been left in the Park at Altona Beach. After enjoying a refreshing lunch and reporting the lost bag to Police it was decided that one of us would cycle back to the Park to see if the Backpack was still there while the remainder of the group made their way back to the Maribrynong River and, eventually, back to Docklands. This all took place. The good news is that the Backpack was still where it was left, on a seat in the rotunda at the Park. How good was that!
Eventually we all met up back at Victory Harbour for the trip back to Geelong on the Ferry, which was a great experience in spite of some rolling waves in the middle of the Bay that rocked the boat a bit.
Hopefully, a few more City Rides can take place over coming months.