Ride on 8 February 2019
Twenty four OYB cyclists met at the Mordialloc station, and had perfect weather of about20 degrees as we set off. We followed the Mordialloc Creek to the east to WaterwaysHousing Estate. We had a slight hiccup where Joy turned a street too soon but it will only took five minutes to wind our way northeast through this housing estate and cross Governor Rd.
We turned left into the southern entrance of Braeside Park. Here we enjoyed different bike paths through the park – Red Gum, The Phar Lap Track (Phar Lap was stabled here during some of her stays in Melbourne), and a track to the Visitors’ Centre where we stopped tolook at the stuffed animals and birds. We then passed the Tree Stump art, down theCyprus Drive, and finally through the Wetland Circuit.
Here we stopped a few minutes to look at the birdlife in the wetlands before crossing back to Waterways and the only café on the route. It’s in a very pretty setting, right beside the water.
After the break, we continued down Bowen Parkway over Wells Rd and into Aspendale Gardens, then to the Edithvale Wetlands Trail where we had a quick look at the EdithvaleWetlands Bird Hide.
We then continued down Edithvale Rd to the Edithvale Station. I would recommend thatnext time we visit Braeside Park, we start from Edithvale station and finish in Mordialloc where there are more choices of cafes/restaurants. People could also finish their ride by going down Beach Road back to Melbourne or to one of the train stations en route.
It was 20 kms from Mordialloc to Edithvale stations. Thank you all for coming down to my side of town.