A Penny Farthing for your thoughts: Sunday 28th June, 2015

Three cyclists, Michael L, David F and Helen took part in this morning’s ride which was a circuit from South Barwon Reserve to the historic bikes exhibition at 123 Retro Antiques this weekend.

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Conditions were perfect for a ride west to near Mount Moriac before circling back down the old Waurn Ponds section of the highway and up Pigdon Street past Deakin University.  Here we noted two different versions of bike lane marking – one very unsafe and one sensible at the two entrances to the campus.

Lower Deakin entrance. Bike lane is to left of turn left lane. Cyclists must cross this fast moving traffic lane to go straight ahead.

Lower Deakin entrance. Bike lane is to left of turn left lane. Cyclists must cross this fast moving traffic lane to go straight ahead.

Upper Deakin entrance. Bike lane goes straight ahead. Left turning traffic must give way to cyclists before entering the left turn lane.

Upper Deakin entrance. Bike lane goes straight ahead. Left turning traffic must give way to cyclists before entering the left turn lane.

As it was a Sunday, and an semester break for students, there was little traffic entering the university.  Normally there is a great deal of fast moving traffic.  To make the upper entrance even safer, green treatment of the lane would remind motorists to give way.

The riders continued through Highton Village, Balyang Santuary and rode along Pakington Street to the coffee and historic bike stop in North Geelong.  Two other Cycling Geelong members were already there – Rod, complete in retro cycling gear, and Heather.   The display of bikes from the collections of three locals – Stuart, Robin and Daryl – was extensive and interesting, bridging the era from an 1818 hobby horse to modern road bikes, with everything from bone shakers and high wheelers to ladies bikes, tricycles, children’s bikes and “skate-board” simulating bikes.  There was a bike for on water, and an early front wheel drive exercise bike.

The cyclists returned to South Barwon Reserve via the waterfront and the Breakwater.

I recommend these medium distance, leisurely rides to all club members.  The distance was around 45 km, the roads quiet and sealed, and, as usual, the company superb.

Barwon to Bay: Sunday, March 16th, 2014

After a windy night, only five riders (Laura and Neil, leaders, Tim, Stella and Helen) turned up to Balyang Sanctuary to ride to the waterfront via Fyansford and the Cement Works Rail Trail.   The river path was quiet, and there was some evidence throughout the ride of the heavy rain Geelong had experienced yesterday afternoon, with debris on the roads and paths.

At Fyansford, the steeper route along Highland Street was chosen with Stella and Laura opting for the bike path while Tim, Neil and Helen rode on the road.

Laura and Stella conquer the Highland Street bike path

Laura and Stella conquer the Highland Street bike path

Tim and Neil catch their breath at the top of Highland Street

Tim and Neil catch their breath at the top of Highland Street

The Cement Works Railway Trail is probably one of the oldest rail trails in Victoria – and is showing its age in many places.  However, it’s still an enjoyable way to link to the bay.  Take care when crossing Church Street, Ballarat Road and Thompson Road.   From Douro Street, the riders crossed the railway at Separation Street, the continued along the Separation Street extension east to join the Melbourne Road, taking the western side path to the lights at Mackay Street.  Pickers Coffee was an excellent stopping point.

From St Helens, the riders went their own way.  Helen and Laura checked out the monthly market outside Osborne House.

Thanks to Laura and Neil for an interesting and most enjoyable ride.