Capitol City Trail – Monday, 30th December, 2019

Geelong Flyer and Capitol City Trail, City Ride – Monday 30 December 2019.

On a hot December Monday five of us; Kevin C, David S, Allan M, Kelly R and I, departed on the 11.15am Service on the new Geelong Flyer, bound for Docklands, Melbourne. This ride was set up to experience our new Ferry Service from Geelong and experience one of the many cycling routes available in and around Melbourne.

We enjoyed a refreshing trip to Melbourne on what was to be a very hot summer’s day.  We set off from Docklands about 1.15 making our way south onto the north bank off the Yarra. We made our way upriver eventually connecting with the Yarra Trail; taking us through Birrarung Marr Park, past the main sporting precinct with Melbourne Park and AAMI Park.

The weather was already hot with strong winds. The anticipated shelter of riding beside the tree lined Yarra River wasn’t realised as we cycled, mostly, into a head wind. This was a challenge as the temperature ultimately climbed into the low 40s. We managed the extreme heat by staying hydrated and having numerous breaks. Arriving at Abbotsford Convent we were welcomed by Margy M who had been spending time in Melbourne.

We were well looked after by the proprietor of the Vietnamese Café, which is next to Lentil As Anything. We were given generous amounts of iced water and well stocked for a return trip to Docklands. Iced teas, coffees and Vietnamese coffees went down refreshingly well.

The temperature eased while we were at the Convent. We had already decided to modify the return route; leaving the northern section of the Capitol City Trail for another day.

The modified route took us onto Nicholson Street, Collingwood, which eventually led us south to access Swan Street at Richmond. This route took us through an area where Allan had lived in his early years.

Swan Street took us back to the Yarra where we followed it around to Southbank where we enjoyed some delicious ice creams.

Continuing along Southbank brought us to a pedestrian / cycling bridge at South Wharf. After crossing the bridge, we cycled north back to Docklands to catch the 5.30pm Geelong Flyer back to Geelong.

We enjoyed a refreshing, relaxing and cooler journey back after a satisfying, and at times, challenging ride. It was wonderful to be out on our beautiful Bay.

Tina G was at the Pier to welcome us back.

Robert T, Ride Leader.   Many thanks to Robert for running this ride despite the very hot conditions.

Docklands via Geelong Flyer – Melbourne at 42C!: Monday, 30th December, 2019

On almost the last day of the year, Robert led five intrepid cyclists to Melbourne on the Geelong Flyer, leaving Geelong at 11am, on a day which reached 43 Celcius in the shade in Geelong, and would have been much hotter for anyone riding in the sun.   The cyclists were Robert, Kevin, David S, Kelly and Allan, with a sixth, Margy, joining the group in the city.

The ride along the Capitol Trail was achieved, and the group returned safely on the evening ferry.

Facebook quotes from Robert:

30 December at 11.41 “Adventure today with Cycling Club members; Geelong Ferry to Docklands. Lunch at Abbotsford Convent them continue on Capitol City Trail back around to Docklands.
A day for slip, slopping and slapping and staying hydrated.
Blessed with the freedoms and adventures available to us.

30 December at 22.24 – “All home safe from ride. Awesome. Lots of laughs as we cycled Melbourne. Excellent cycling route, on and off road.”

From Robert’s ride report – “Extreme heat; needed to manage cyclists’ wellbeing; keeping hydrated, regular stops, modified route reducing distance and direction.”  Ride distance 23km. 

For those who missed this ride, Robert will lead a second ride using the Geelong Flyer next Wednesday, 8th January.  See the Ride Calendar for details.  Ferry bookings are essential.

Photos courtesy Robert T.