Thanks to Kevin for this ride report. Thanks to Richard for the photos.
The full moon ride left St Leonards just after 6pm. We rode along the path which turned out to be gravel with some sandy patches which was interesting. Doug caught up with us at Indented Head and that made nine riders in total, we then continued on to the Portarlington Golf Club for dinner. After the meal we rode to The Esplanade looking for the moon, alas there was too much cloud. We had a lovely ride down the road to St Leonards with some glimpses of the moon.
Thanks to ride leader Tina for this report.
We met at Lara train station at 6pm. A pleasant ride in daylight. Kevin led the ride and Tina fetched up the rear. We had an enjoyable meal at Norlane Hotel at Oppy’s Bistro. Nick, Karen’s husband met us there for a meal.
We rode back just as it was beginning to get dark. Two highlights, Bernie who has not ridden in 3 months joined us. It was her first ever experience of cycling in the dark. Her lights were not particularly bright but she nestled in between two riders whose lights lit up her path. She was thrilled with her experience. The other highlight was David Salamy brought along a speaker and played music all MOON themes. Some of us sang along as we rode along happily.
The weather was fine. A little head wind on the way out. Quite still on our return. Cloudy so not ideal to see the moon. The position of the moon on our return was directly in front of us which was the aim. Thanks to Kevin.
Thanks so much to Tina (ride leader) for leading this splendid ride and for this report.
Massed moon riders at Point Lonsdale Ripview carpark.
We met at Ripview car park Point Lonsdale. There was a great response to the invite for the first full moon ride of the year on the eve of New Years Day. 33 riders, 1 tandem and 3 fat bikes. The riders on their fat bikes cycled along the sandy beach. We cycled along the main street of Point Lonsdale then along the foreshore, crossed the road then down the rail trail into Queenscliff. We rested and had tea on the gree across from the fish and chip shop where most people bought their meal. After eating we regrouped and cycled to Queenscliff Ripview car park at the end of Hesse St.
Technical issues? There’s always someone to help.
Ready to set off…
Stella and Tina (ride leader) at Queenscliff
One of the highlights for me was to see the long line of cyclists circling the car park with their lights on. We returned the same way we came. Part way along the foreshore the full moon was already risen and at our rear. I took a wrong turn and cycled into a path designated for walkers only. This part of the ride was a challenge for some. For others it was enjoyable evidenced by the looks on their faces as they emerged at the end of the trail and into the car park. To finish the night off I played Blue Moon on the ukulele accompanied by some willing singers and percussionists.
Our Portarlington contingent
Loading the tandem as light fades
Thanks Tina, Robert and all our friendly bike riders.
Thanks to ride leader Tina for this report. (See the rest of the pictures at https://cyclinggeelong.com.au/2017/03/14/full-moon-ride-lara-sunday-march-12th-2017/)
Our last full moon bike ride was attended by 9 members on Sunday 12th March. We met at Moorpanyal Park, The Esplanade, North Shore.
We set off around 6pm in daylight, the weather was perfect,warm and pleasant, as was the company. We had a leisurely ride along the foreshore past
industry to Geelong Grammar then onto Lara on a walk/bike track. We were all very happy with our meals at the Lara Hotel. A beautiful colourful sunset could be seen from where we were sitting eating our meal.
Soon after we left on our return journey darkness fell and we were all lit up front and back lights winking. We were all keen to see the moon but it didn’t show itself till literally the last minute as we arrived back at the start. One of the highlights for me was to hear that 5 of our riders
had never cycled in the dark at night before.
The next full moon is the 11th April and daylight saving time ends. Stay tuned for the next night ride.
It’s a full moon and, to celebrate, Tina is once again running a full moon ride.
This time it’s to Lara starting at Moorpanyul Park at 6pm (there’s parking and toilets available).
The ride wends its way through North Shore and Corio and along beautiful Hovells Creek to Lara. Dinner is at the Lara Hotel.
Please contact Tina if you’re coming, so she can confirm booking numbers. (0412 431 526)
It is essential that all cyclists have lights for this ride.
Phosphate works, North Shore
Refinery from Limeburners Lagoon
Come join Tina for a full moon evening bike ride on Wednesday 25th November
7pm depart from Barbecue Pavilion Eastern Park
The short route takes in Swanston St bike trail – Barwon River – Pakington Street Rippleside Western Eastern Beach Coffee on The Pier
RSVP Tina or just turn up at the start.
Cycling friends welcome.