Brighton Beach to Carrum via Beach and Wetlands

Ride on 3 May 2019

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We had wonderful weather on Friday, when 19 of us met at Brighton Beach and set off for a easy ride along the bay from Brighton Beach to Mordialloc.  We had the wind to our backs and I think it was our last 20 degree day for autumn.  We found that we had to share the bike path with quite a few high school students on their way to the station when we first set out but otherwise, it was very easy to follow the path along the bay.  We enjoyed beautiful views of the bay from the cliffs of the Red Bluff and then later the Bay Trail goes down right by the beach just before Mordialloc. We stopped at Ricketts Point to enjoy the information boards of the marine sanctuary but otherwise we kept going on this 16 km ride. It took about 1 1/2 hour - with a few toilet stops. 

We found a lovely cafe, Main St, in Mordialloc that could take all 19 of us.  After our break, we split into 3 different groups.  Some went back on the train, others went back the way we came and the rest went exploring.  We decided to go down the bike trail to Edithvale past the wetlands and then to Carrum. We all loved the different scenery that we experienced along here - passing horses, little farms, golf courses and the Patterson River.  We rode along the banks of the river, up to the Carrum station. 

We were very lucky with the weather.  This could be a very challenging ride if the weather was bad but the "gods" were with us this time and it is very important to know which way the wind is going.  If the wind came from the other direction, you'd want to travel in the opposite direction.  

Thanks to all of you that made the journey "down south",

Joy

Ballarat Trip

Rides 29 April to 1 May 2019

Meeting at Victoria Park

Meeting at Victoria Park

We had 15 riders on the Ballarat OYB-GVB Autumn Tour. Monday arvo found us meeting on the corner of Sturt and Russell Sts as planned and we headed off to do the short Victoria Park circuit ride. The weather was not bad, a bit breezy but sunny and lovely clouds. We then crossed Sturt St and rode around Lake Wendouree. Half way we stopped for good coffee & c. at The Boathouse. We sat outside on the lakeside deck and basked in the glorious mid-afternoon sunshine. Finishing at the corner of Sturt and Russell Sts most of us headed back through town to the Big 4 Goldfields Holiday Park. A pleasant and easy ride.

Dinner on Monday night was at Billy's Bistro at the Mercure Hotel. The food, service and setting were all very good. 

Tuesday we headed off from the Big 4 around 10 to explore the Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail. An early stop was made at the Beechworth Bakery for coffee & c. and to buy lunches for the day ahead. Weather was ok with periods of sunshine and a stiff northerly that stayed with us all day. It was a hike to the Rail Trail/Remembrance Drive intersection, ~12km, but mostly along bike paths and service roads. When we hit the Skipton Trail we headed south. It was mostly gentle downhill and with a good tailwind. We covered around 8km rapidly and decided to lunch at Haddon and take advantage of the conveniences there. 

Skipton Rail Trail

Skipton Rail Trail

From Haddon we returned up the Trail into a stiff breeze and the slight uphill. The going was a lot slower but after around 50 minutes of plugging away we were all back at the Remembrance Drive turnoff. Our OYB leader then demonstrated the (understandably) rarely attempted  'fall off the bike during dismount, trip and then tumble into a culvert manoeuvre'. Fortunately the only hurts incurred were a few bruises to the body and ego. We returned to the Big 4 the way we came and the wind provided a nice push back most of the way. The consensus was this was a good day's outing but we would do it a bit differently next time. 

Tuesday night about half of the group went to see 'Aura', a son et lumiere show at Sovereign Hill. Everyone who went said it was a good outing. Most people rendezvoused later in the evening at the Function Room at the Big 4 for a most pleasant session of nibbling, tippling and conversazione.

We planned to do the Canadian Creek- Whitehorse Rd - Yarrowee River circuit ride on Wednesday but woke to a wet, windy, cold and overcast morning so the ride was cancelled on the voices. Almost everyone then headed home.  I had a good explore down the Yarrowee River  and Canadian Creek Trails and this circuit is definitely worth doing.