The first mystery was how to get to Rippleside Park. Waterfront roads and Rippleside Park were closed due to an ironman event. However, showing great ingenuity and persistence, three riders took up the challenge – Richard, Lynton and Helen.
As there was no designated leader and the ride was listed as “Mystery Ride – 30km”, with southern paths closed, the obvious choice was a ride to Lara via Hovells Creek.
Ride conditions were pretty close to perfect, except that flooding is quite deep at the Hovells Creek underpass under the Melbourne Road, and maintenance of our northern bike paths is poor, with broken surfaces, debris and stones on the path, and encroaching vegetation.
Coffee was at X-presso, where Trish and her friend soon joined the refreshment stop. This cafe is an excellent destination for cyclists with good coffee and lots of outdoor seating.
The return was via the same route. Richard did his best to solve the third mystery – just when will the footbridge at St Georges Road will be replaced, by sending yet another incident report to CoGG. (We hear that, after well over a year, the bridge is finally to be replaced in not too distant future.)
Last mystery – where is this picture taken, and who took it?
What a grand morning for a bike ride with all Seniors invited! The gathering place was Rippleside and slowly 28 riders appeared. They came from wide and far some from Barwon Heads and one from Ballarat (we are becoming Known)! A few riders wanted information about Cycling Geelong (which efficient Nancy has now sent off to them).
The ride was fairly easy and a moderate pace was maintained. Some riders were introduced to Hovells Creek riding track for the first time and were delighted and surprised.
Clear blue sky and calm blue sea greeted us. Many black swans were floating on the peaceful sea quietly owning the bay!
The cyclists made a long impressive line as they rode along the small hills were easily managed by all and soon we were at the welcome coffee break. We stopped at the large cafe in Lara in the shopping centre and they had kindly reserved our seats for 28 riders! Service was very quick and coffee and cakes delicious.
We returned via Forest road so making the lazy loop of Lara. Once again we rode the Hovells Creek track route home .
We returned to Rippleside by 12.15 with all riders staying upright on their bikes and all safe and sound. A good time had been had by all!
Thanks to John Hagen for the Photos and David once again for being the careful watch guard at the back
Prologue – Just to mention – the week before had been a practice run to Lara with a friend. Unfortunately a pedal fell off a bike and after many attempts it was unable to be replaced.
A quick phone call was made to RACV Bike Assist. Within 10 minutes a very friendly helpful Iranian taxi driver arrived, loaded the pedalless bike in the taxi and whizzed both rider and bike back to Geelong !
This service is very efficient and if riding alone (in my opinion) is well worth investing in .
Editor’s note: I too, needed to call Bike Assist recently when caught with a problem on the Midland Highway near Bannockburn. Help was friendly and quick, and I was delivered to my door in plenty of time for an afternoon hospital appointment.