Ride on 18 January 2019
On an overcast day 17 OYB cyclists gathered at Williams Landing. Following Penny, we rode through a few side streets then reached the Skeleton Creek where we could enjoy the beautiful serenity the trail had to offer. Unfortunately, Penny needed to leave us due to a previous injury that was causing her distress and Jonno was conscripted to the task.
We continued south along the Skeleton Creek Trail to the H2O monument and then turned eastwards along the Bay Trail through the Cheetham Wetlands where we visited the lookout at Truganina Park. There we gained a wonderful view of the threatening weather approaching.
As we descended the hill the rain began. Continuing over Laverton Creek we searched for the Siberian duck that had been reported in the area having overshot its regular territory by thousands of kilometres. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful and arrived at coffee in Altona a bedraggled mob.
Most of us decided to end the ride at that stage as the weather was becoming increasingly unfriendly. A few of the stout hearted were prepared to continue the ride to Williamstown. Suddenly an explosion of thunder shook the earth and the heavens opened. Thereupon a couple of additional riders decided to take the train back while seven were prepared to wait for the weather to turn. Having been drenched, a sensible pair did some shopping for dry clothes to enjoy the return journey. I’m sure they were more comfortable than the rest of us.
The intrepid seven continued to ride through a bit more rain and by the time they parted ways at Costco in the city had done 39km.