Geelong Circuit – Joint ride with GTC: Sunday, 18th February, 2018

This ride was led by Ross G. from Geelong Touring Cyclists.  Unfortunately, there was only one representative from Cycling Geelong, for this most enjoyable and easy circuit ride.  Thanks to Ross for leading this ride and to all riders for their friendliness and good company.

Thanks to Ross for this report:

Ross’ Circuit of Geelong leading the Combined Ride with Cycling Geelong – Sunday 18.2.18
A good ride leader plans the ride route carefully and does their best to ensure there are no unexpected road works or other impediments or interruptions that might impact on the safety and enjoyment of the ride participants.  Unfortunately, today’s ride leader showed himself to be particularly inept in that regard, not realising there was a major event, a triathlon, happening along the planned route.  Luckily some of the ride participants do read the local papers and listen to the local radio so we set out knowing there might be quite a few detours along the way.  Helen (representing CG), Marion, Peter J, Marie, Geoff, Chris Hu and Ross managed to skirt the triathlon mainly due to Helen’s detailed knowledge of the back streets of Drumcondra. We did get to see some very pleasant suburban streets and a heritage listed concrete road along the way.  Eventually we found our way back on to the “planned” route, heading out along the bay before turning up Plantation Road and detouring around the closed section of the Ted Wilson path (which also came as a surprise to the ride leader) before regaining the bike trail. Definitely a squeeze for some getting through the partially open barriers at the Church Street exit, then continuing on to Cementies Hill (aka Hyland Street) where some of the group stopped for a close look at the silo murals, before the big run down the hill and a right turn up to the paper mills where we were greeted by a camera-wielding John H (in civvies after already having completed his early morning ride).  Luckily, the Doors Gallery Café owner had already had his first coffee of the day and was able to produce our orders in reasonable time, encouraged and ably assisted by Peter J’s waiter service.  After a leisurely break, we parted company with John, heading back along the river path, dropping people as we passed their exits. A great riding day.
A great riding day. Thanks to all for their company. Ross.

Photos:  John H, Helen L

River Ride on Boxing Day: Saturday 26th December, 2015

Rain overnight heralded a wet morning, and much cooler than Christmas Day.  It was with relief on turning the corner to Balyang, that two cyclists were already waiting for the Saturday morning river ride – Sandra (ride leader) and John H (GTC’s morning ride was cancelled due to the rain).  Rod soon arrived and, on Doug’s suggestion, the river loop was begun in an anticlockwise direction.

The plan was to check out the new ‘Door Gallery Cafe‘ at the old paper mill at Fyansford.  The path was wet, but the rain had stopped.  One ominous sign was that the regular watering hole, Barwon Edge, was closed.  So was Door Gallery – put on hold for another time.

Never daunted, and with the weather improving the next place to try was the caravan park.  “Sure to be open,” we said.  John led us ‘stay on the upper path and turn right past the gum tree’.  We drew another blank – not a camper or car in sight outside the cafe.

Next John suggested the cafe near Faggs in Moorabool Street – likely to be open as there are Boxing Day sales right on site.  After a very quiet ride around the Breakwater, the group decided to try Little Creatures first.  There were no cars parked in Swanson Street, but, as we cycling through the buildings, music was audible.  The outside chairs were stacked against the sodden tables, and all looked quiet.  However, on further investigation – we were in luck.  Too wet to sit outside, coffees were drunk in the heat inside – table service, but no large sized coffees – a definite black mark from one cyclist.

After much discussion of photography and phone aps for cyclists the river loop was finally completed.  There’s still a bit of work to do on the Christmas paunch.  Thanks, Sandra, for being undaunted by the weather to lead this most enjoyable river circuit.

(There was not one dog off the leash, no rowers blocking the path, and we were the only cyclists this morning.)