Fourteen cyclists rode to Lara for the second On Ya Bike! ride for the 2021 Seniors Festival. Helen led the ride of 10 Cycling Geelong members and 5 visitors – Brenda, Bev, Terry and Gerry from Portarlington and Noel from Lara. Kevin was tail-ender, supported by Doug and Hermann.
The outward route, via the port area and Hovells Creek path, was hard, due to a very strong head wind. The route passes the Grain silos, Corio Quay (site of the Tasmanian Ferry terminal from next year), woodchip terminal, Moorpanyul Park, Lascelles Wharf, past the Refinery Pier and onto the Hovells Creek path along the estuary to Lara.
The coffee stop was at Xpresso Coffee Lounge where the coffee and service was, as ever, excellent. Many thanks to the staff who are working so hard in this difficult time.
The return route to the Hovells Creek trail was via Lara Lake. The strong wind continued, powering the group back to Rippleside Park by soon after midday.
Thanks to all cyclists, and Kevin our tail-ender.
Next week’s On Ya Bike! ride is along the Bellarine Rail Trail, leaving at 9am from the trail at Showgrounds (near Breakwater Road). The distance is around 36km, mainlyon the rail trail, but with a number of road crossings and an on-road section at Drysdale. All cyclists welcome. .
Helen led 7 riders from Rippleside Park, with Kevin as tail-ender. Richard caught up with the group near Lascelles Wharf.
Due to the water on Hovells Creek Path, under the highway overpass, the route was via Shell Road and Rennie Street, rather than Hovells Creek path. Kevin had a puncture, and asked the group to go on to the coffee shop. He and Hermann joined the group after this was fixed.
David J did and exploratory ride along Hovells Creek Path, coming out onto roads that join Shell Parade near just before it goes under the highway overpass. This route takes around 10 minutes longer, but avoids Shell Parade.
The cyclists regrouped and rode on to Cafe X-presso along Rennie Street, resuming Hovells Creek Path at the ford.
The return trip was via via much the same route, with some riders joining David on the Hovells Creek Path alternative route, and Keith braving the water under the highway underpass.
Thanks to all riders – David J, David F, Karen, Margy, Virginia, Hermann (on his new e-bike mark 2!), Keith, Richard, Kevin, and our tail-enders and ride leader.
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.
On Ya Bike! at Limeburners Lagoon
There was quite an array of interesting bikes.
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.
Expert and friendly service
Doug signs on…
Hovells Creek Path
Thanks to Kelly for leading the ride, Allan and Kelly for devising it and Doug for his poetry interludes.
Starting at 8:30am from Corio Library, six riders rode to Hovell’s Creek Trail via School Road on to Lara. The ride continued The Centreway, Expresso Cafe for coffee. Ride back along the Hovell’s Creek Trail, around the beach to School Road, Plantation Road returning to the Library. Ride was approximately 32 km in total. Very Kruisy indeed.
Editor’s note: Karen plans to run this ride again in a few weeks. It’s an ideal, very easy circuit for those who are used to the Saturday river circuit, and would like to try a Sunday ride.