Drysdale via Bellarine Rail Trail – Thursday 4th February, 2021

Kevin Clingan led the ride, with 19 participants. He reports

Eighteen riders left the start on a fine cloudy morning, with little wind, ideal for riding. We met Gavan at Coppards road. The group spread out as some riders rode ahead of the group, with Hermann as tail end Charlie. The ride back was uneventful with Hermann leaving early, but waiting for the us along the track. It was a very good day for bike riding.

Social gathering at The Sphinx – 29th January, 2021

Thanks to Stephanie and Geofs for organising this and to Geoff for this report and photos.

The Social Dinner at the Spinx was very successful for the 20 members who attended.  It was planned to be informal & everybody enjoyed themselves by the amount of chatting, laughter & having a good  time.

The Service was terrific with Pippa welcoming us with open arms  and spent time in conversation with us. The meals were great & plentiful, the sea food platter especially for Nick & Karen.

Cheers until the next one.

 

 

Ocean Grove – Sunday 24th Jan 2021

5 riders today at the start at Sth Barwon Reserve. A great day for riding, not too hot and no wind. Minimal traffic at the start of the ride down Barwon Heads Rd and Lake Rd (we took a slight detour over to look at the view of Lake Connewarre from Taits Point as Margy had never been there) but it became very busy as we got into Barwon Heads and through into Ocean Grove for coffee at The Dunes. We opted for takeaway as the seated area of the restaurant was full.

We made our way home via my usual sneaky route using the back streets through Ocean Grove, and Kingston, which avoids a busy section of Grub Rd before using Rhinds Rd and Malpas Drive to Wallington and then the Bellarine Hwy, BRT and Leather St back to the start. A very enjoyable approx 55km ride at an average speed of 19.8km/hr.

–Dave

Ballarat – Bicycle tourism with Stephanie and Geoff

Thanks to Stephanie, who has taken a bit of time off from organising our social calendar to spend time cycling in Ballarat, for this account and photos.

Geoff and I recently spent a few days in Ballarat cycling with our friends from the Scenic Cyclists.  We rode the Lake and Victoria Park with them a couple of times & elsewhere.

Geoff and I rode to Clunes and back from Leamonth one day, a terrific ride on quiet country roads with little traffic that always gave us a wide berth !!

Other days we rode the Yarrawee Cycle Path to Buninyong & back a few times.

Our weather was a bit cold with a stiff South Westerly winds.

Lara via Shell Parade and Rennie Street

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.