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Thanks to Barbara for this report and Barbara and Dirk for leading this wonderful rail trail ride. Photos by Barbara and Dave.
Sunday dawned foggy and calm. Club members set off early from Geelong by car with hopes of the fog clearing as we neared Skipton. It looked like Dirk and Barbara, Helen and Dave S were the only riders that braved the foggy and cool conditions outside the Skipton Garage. Time was still 5 minutes early but we were eager to set off as it was a little chilly. No sooner that we had decided to set off, when along came Richard and Denise swelling our numbers by two.
After setting up their bikes we posed for a new shot including our new arrivals. The band of riders set off towards the rail trail. A friendly local pointed us in the right direction and we were off. The track looked newly graded so some parts were loose and soft. Helen on her trusty bike Friday decided the riding conditions did not suit her so decided to return to the car. We were not to know that the track conditions would improve after 1 km but discretion is always best when you don’t feel secure on your bike.
The fog slowly cleared and the views were wonderful. Some local flora and fauna kept us entertained as we cycled through the countryside. Our first stop was at Pittong to look at a rest stop/chalet available for overnight stays next to a kaolin mine; the white clay is used for porcelain. Once we left we rode through sheep country and rolling farmland.
The decent to Linton was a buzz as little effort was needed to cover quite a long stretch of km’s through the state forest giving the legs a welcome rest.
Once we arrived in Linton Richard led the way turning right heading into the little township. A Great café tucked into a quaint old cottage on the right side of the main road just past the antique shop. The service was very friendly and food was yummy. Locals remembered Richard from a previous visit well over a year ago.
After refreshments we cycled back to the rail trail and continued on to the Nimmons Bridge. Where we stopped to chat to some other tourists standing on the bridge while Dave and Dirk cycled down the track to the Valley below to get a shot of the trestles. The valley views were beautiful in the clear autumn sunshine.
Sadly we had to leave as time was marching on. We decided to return to our café for lunch. The café menu looked really good and the food didn’t disappoint. Everyone enjoyed their food and great coffee. The locals were very friendly and welcoming.
With tummies full we tackled the return journey to Skipton. The riding was easy and lots of freewheeling as the track slowly descended to Skipton.
A great ride! Well worth the effort of leaving Geelong early for the 9 am start.
Barbara and Dirk led 27 cyclists on the Barwon River Circuit on a sparkling Autumn morning.
There were multiple path users enjoying the sunshine, and a canoeing event on the Barwon added to the enjoyable experience.
Doug recounted his experience with newly painted slick white lines while riding along Jetty Road in the Bellarine 100 last weekend.
- White lines + rain = Ambulance ride + multiple scans and x-rays + 1 night hospital + 2 broken ribs
Along with 15 other experienced cyclists, the newly painted road marking caused Doug to lose control of his bike. Russell recounted that the previous Thursday, he almost had the same experience on the other side of Jetty Road. Luckily, the road was dry, and Russell was able to correct the slide and keep riding.
Thanks to Barbara and Dirk for leading the ride.
I would like to thank the riders who gave me generous support for the RMH – Ride To Recovery- Fun Raiser for their Medical Research on Friday in Melbourne yesterday
I was delighted to be able to collect $206 in mainly gold coins towards this wonderful Hospital.
The Spin Class at lunchtime went extremely well with lots of medicos, research workers, nurses, hospital workers and dedicated supporters including some ex-patients doing what they love best -raising much needed money for their favourite Hospital.
Fiona Gillies, Director of the RMH Foundation, a beautiful girl with perfect people skills and who rode her self thanked me most sincerely with a hug for my excellent contribution and moral support for the hospital.
Once a month we have a Combined club ride with the Geelong Touring Cyclists (GTC). We take turns in leading the ride. This month it was the GTC’s turn to lead. From Cycling Geelong we had 5 members: Dave S, Doug, Linton, Russell and me (John M).
Here’s ride report from Chris Halpin who led the ride:
Sunday Combined ride to the Anglesea Chocolaterie started off a beautiful morning. Five Cycling Geelong members (David S, Russell, Doug, John M & Linton) joined Chris Hu…, Greg and myself at the Station meeting point. Unfortunately Doug punctured as he arrived and was forced to quit after more bad luck. Off we set on John Hagan’s prepared route to Anglesea via the river path, Waurn Ponds Creek, Torquay Baarnip and Ghazeepore Roads. Here we met up with guest rider Graham on a well used Salsa Gravel Grinder. Quick Introductions and onwards again to Dickens and Blackgate where the weather spat the dummy and decided to turn quite nasty. Gusty North Westerlies followed us along Forest road and into the Chocolaterie. Not a good spot in the school holidays – the place was packed, but we did manage to down several of their famous fudge brownies. Further gusty tail winds pushed us down the road to Torquay before we turned into Horseshoe Bend Road for a bit of a slog back home. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable and challenging ride.
There were five riders for the Easter Day ride to Lara. Dave Simpson led the ride, joined at Rippleside Park by Kevin and Helen, and at Limeburner’s Lagoon by Richard and Denise. It was a perfect morning for cycling. Coffee was scarce at Lara, with a pact among coffee shops to close for the break. However, the eternally open McDonald’s produced a good cuppa (even though there were no bike racks for locking up bikes).
Thanks to ride leader Dave for the Easter treats – what an act to follow. The ride back to Rippleside Park was as pleasant as the outward journey.
Herman led 32 cyclists on the Barwon River path. It was a perfect morning for cycling – cool, still and with a general feel of relaxed recreation among path users. Due to the holiday weekend for Easter, the Barwon Edge had a surcharge of 15%, which was a problem for a few of the group. However, the relaxed mood continued with lots of chatter and discussion before the riders dispersed to go home their own way.
Thanks to Herman for leading this morning’s ride.
Next week – Doug has organised to have a PASS BOX fitted to his bike and a couple of people will be at Barwon Edge to fit this after the river ride next Saturday. PASS BOX is a measuring device to measure how close other vehicles come as they pass bicycles. The aim of this is survey is to see just how much of an issue this is, and to see how motorist behaviour changes over time. The Melbourne Bicycle Users Group are seeking other Geelong cyclists who ride on the roads around Geelong. If you’re interested, please fill out the registration survey at http://passbox.org/.