Seven cyclists negotiated the road closures for Run Geelong to Rippleside Park for Sunday’s ride to Barwon Heads. It was good to greet three new cycling friends, Jennifer and David from Queenscliff and Derek from North Geelong.
After a detour through Geelong West and south of the city due to road closures, we finally made it onto Portarlington Road in good conditions for the ride to Drysdale. Despite some glass etc. this road is enhanced by a good sealed shoulder, which narrows and continues after the turn onto Grubb Road to Ocean Grove.
By Ocean Grove, the south easterly wind had strengthened. While this made made for a cold coffee stop at The Dunes, it was good to know we’d now have a tail wind.
The ride around to Barwon Heads is delightful in these conditions. Though the traffic was heavy, motorists were considerate and a good quality sealed shoulder gives a feeling of security. Ewing Blythe Drive (between Barwon Heads Hotel and Thirteenth Beach Road) has had some work to fix potholes, thanks to the advocacy of Bike Safe.
With a tail wind we all become great cyclists. Thirteenth Beach road was an easy ride at 30kph+! Despite the new suburb of Warralilly, Lake Road is still very quiet – almost our own personal bike path.
After negotiating the right turn onto busy Barwon Heads Road, we continued at a fast easy pace to Geelong. It’s disappointing that, despite a large amount of lobbying from cycling groups and individuals, the intersection of Barwon Heads Road with Batten Road is still extremely dangerous.*
With the Fun Run over, the ride concluded with a ride around the waterfront back to Rippleside. Jennifer was pleased. This is her longest ‘one coffee’ ride.
We look forward to welcoming Jennifer, David and Derek on future rides with Cycling Geelong.
*This intersection is on a high speed right hand bend on Barwon Heads Road. Cyclists are forced onto the main road lane, as the sealed shoulder is covered in gravel and severely potholed. Once again we wonder, ‘Do we have to wait till someone is killed for anything to be done about this?’