Allan’s Mystery Ride – On Ya Bike! 2019 -5: Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Lucky thirteen!  That’s the number of cyclists who appeared for the final ride of this year’s On Ya Bike! rides.  It was beautiful sunny weather.  Summer was near, so it was time to ditch the ‘bird strike’ helmet with cable ties.

The last ride of the series is traditionally named “Allan’s Mystery Ride”.  No one knows the route till they get the start at Rippleside Park.  This year Allan had delegated ride leadership to Kelly, with Dirk as tail ender.  Allan had planned the ride, and rode the entire ride, including arriving by bike from Norlane West.

The route took the cyclists to the north, along the new Balmoral Quay path to St Helens, the on to the docks area.  As the riders turned right past the old Ford site, a motorist yelled, “You’ve lost someone!”  Dirk had a puncture.  He sent the riders on while he fixed it with the help of Paul and Allan.

The second incident happened on the ascent towards Geelong Grammar.  It was Clive this time – another puncture.  Helen went back to make sure he was OK.  He was going to fix the puncture, and then, with Dirk, join the ride.  Helen rode on alone past GGS.

Attack! Attack!  From nowhere a direct hit to the ear.  The magpie struck, not just once but four times.  With no cable ties, Helen was a pedaling duck, and the terrorist bird took full advantage!

Bulls eye on the ear lobe

The rest of the group were taking a break at Limeburners Lagoon.  Dirk, Allan and Paul soon rejoined the group.  Clive had decided that, with a slow leak in his tyre, his best option was to return to Rippleside Park, stopping a couple of times to add air.

A large wattle tree was across Hovells Creek Path at the Lara highway underpass.  Bikes were passed over, and the riders continued up Rennie Street to Old Geelong Road and rode towards Little River.  Helen left the group at McIntyres Road to ride a shorter route.  The main group continued on, without further incident, to Little River, returning to Lara via Mill Road.  Coffee was at Xpresso.  Helen rejoined the group for coffee.

The return was via the Hovells Creek Path to Rennie Street, and then, to avoid the fallen tree, via roads to Geelong Grammar and the waterfront path.

The final puncture was at North Shore – Don had succumbed.  His mate stayed to help with the repair.  The depleted group returned to Rippleside – Rick, Allan and Dirk peeled off on the way.

Despite the drama, it was declared a most enjoyable and successful ride.

Thanks to Kelly, ride leader, Allan, ride organiser and tail-ender Dirk.  Thanks to all cyclists.  We look forward to seeing you again next year, if not before, On Ya Bike!

(Helen’s magpie helmet will no return to service till December!)

On Ya Bike! 5 – Allan’s Mystery Ride

Ride maps – click to go to detail in Map My Ride

On Ya Bike! 5 – shortened route

Lara via Hovells Creek – Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Five riders set off from Rippleside, under the leadership of Dave Simpson – Dirk, Barbara, Kevin and Helen.

The ride went along the new path beside Balmoral Quay, then to Limeburners Lagoon via Lascelles Wharf, and on to Lara via Hovells Creek.  As usual, there was flooding under the highway (made worse by a new curb which, instead of holding the creek waters back, stops the water from draining off the path.  (This issue has been added to the current survey into shared paths.*)

Coffee was a X-presso, before a return on much the same route.

Thanks to ride leader and all riders.

City of Geelong – Shared Trails Masterplan

* The City is surveying shared paths throughout the region, asking for feedback and suggestions.  In particular, the aim will be to fill gaps where paths do not join up, and solve issues.  There are several more face to face sessions, and an online map, on which you can add your comments, upload photos and view issues raised by others. Please add your feedback – you are the expert on paths you use frequently.

 

  • 8 August, 2019 –  Bellarine Community Health Centre, 39 Fenwick Street, Portarlington
  • 10 August, 2019 –  Waurn Ponds Library, (meeting room) 230 Pioneer Road, Grovedale
  • 15 August, 2019 –  Lara Hall, 1B Flinders Ave, Lara
  • 22 August, 2019 – fOrt Youth Centre, Cnr Melbourne and St. George Rds, Norlane

 

After the survey, the identified needs will be prioritised and dealt with as funds become available (for have your say on issues that concern you – the more feedback, the higher the priority).

Lara via Ted Wilson Trail and Hovells Creek

This most successful ride was led by Allan Marshall, with thirteen participants, of whom 11 signed on at 8am at Leisuretime Centre in Anakie Road.  The ride route was via the Ted Wilson Trail to Broderick Road, then via School Road to Shell Parade before joining up with the Hovells Creek trail at Rennie Street.  Coffee was at Xpresso Cafe in Lara. 

The return was via Hovells Creek Path and Ted Wilson Trail.

Thanks to Allan for leading and to all participants.

One rider who shall remain nameless missed the ride, due to misreading the starting point – perhaps we need more northern rides, so our members can experience the excellent riding opportunities on the northern side of Geelong.

On Ya Bike! 5 – Allan’s Mystery Ride: Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

There were 15 cyclists for the final ride of the On Ya Bike! series of rides for the Seniors’ Festival.  Kelly Rowe led the ride – to a ‘mystery’ destination, on a route devised by our mystery ride man, Allan Marshall.  Kelly led the riders to Limeburners Lagoon, then via the Hovells Creek path to Lara.  Doug Merritt performed the latest verses in his poem “On Ya Bike!” punctuated by the hearty response of “On Ya Bike!” from all.

The feature of the ride was a full circumnavigation of Avalon Airport before coffee back in Lara at Xpresso.  The service was friendly and prompt as usual before the cyclists set off back along Hovells Creek to Rippleside.

Thanks to Kelly for leading the ride, Allan and Kelly for devising it and Doug for his poetry interludes.

 

On Ya Bike! 2 – Lara: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

We have had better days for cycling!  The wind was gale force, with early morning waves washing over the new Rippleside-St Helen’s pathway and a temperature of no more than 16 expected.

Despite this less than ideal start, 22 cyclists arrived to ride to Lara on the second On Ya Bike! for 2018.  The ride was led by Helen, with Terry and Doug sharing sweeper duties at the back.

Cycling Geelong’s bard, Doug, had another few verses of his latest masterpiece On Ya Bike! with which he regaled the awestruck group (who acted as Greek chorus at Doug’s signal).*

On Ya Bike!

As the tide was on its way out, the group rode the new path, with only a few cyclists being unlucky enough to be wet with sea spray.   John H once again took some stunning photos along the way!

There was considerable wind assist, and without any hindrance from the local magpies, the group enjoyed a pleasant ride to Hovells Creek and along the path to Lara.

(One rider, finding the wind too difficult, decided to backtrack from North Shore.)

The coffee stop was at Xpresso Lounge Cafe in Lara, where everyone was made welcome.  Despite the big group, service was friendly and swift.

With some trepidation (the wind was predicted as a south-easterly) the group took off for the return journey.  However, conditions were fine – the wind direction had steadied to an easterly, and it was a comfortable ride back to Rippleside.

Thanks to all cyclists, John and David for the photos, and our tail-enders Terry and Doug.

*Doug’s On Ya Bike! poem.

The third ride in this year’s On Ya Bike! series is to Drysdale, via the Bellarine Rail Trail, next Wednesday, leaving at the rail trail, corner Carr and Tucker Streets (near the Showground entrance), at 9am.  This ride is around 36km, and mainly off road on the rail trail.  Coffee is at Cafe Zoo.  Doug Merritt will be leading.  On Ya Bike! 

Easter Day ride to Lara via Hovells Creek: Sunday, 1st April, 2018

There were five riders for the Easter Day ride to Lara.  Dave Simpson led the ride, joined at Rippleside Park by Kevin and Helen, and at Limeburner’s Lagoon by Richard and Denise.  It was a perfect morning for cycling.  Coffee was scarce at Lara, with a pact among coffee shops to close for the break.  However, the eternally open McDonald’s produced a good cuppa (even though there were no bike racks for locking up bikes).

Thanks to ride leader Dave for the Easter treats – what an act to follow.  The ride back to Rippleside Park was as pleasant as the outward journey.