Ride 29 March 2019
On a warm autumn morning, 22 riders gathered at Boronia Station to extend OYB’s conquest of outer eastern Melbourne. We welcomed Linda, who was riding with us for the first time. Linda regularly rides with the Darebin Bicycle User Group.
From Boronia station we rode south, Jonno leading and Bob as sweep, along the Underwood bike path to connect to the Blind Creek Trail. We took a loop through Dobson Park and the tranquil Tim Neville Arboretum (named after Jonno’s former boss who died in unfortunate circumstances) and then re-joined the Blind Creek Trail to Fair Park. From there we rode south along Scoresby Road and through Knox Park to join the Ferny Creek Trail, which we followed to Upper Ferntree Gully. We lost David along the way. (Not due to negligence on my part but he needed to train back early to get to another commitment.)
At Upper Ferntree Fully we enjoyed a rest, refreshments and stimulating conversation in Brew’d Café where the service was amazingly quick given the number of riders. We then divided into subgroups. One group decided to train back from there. Another group rode to Boronia Station along the Underwood bike path. From Boronia one rider decided to continue riding to Bayswater and the rest of us trained home from there.
Overall, a wonderful day of pleasant weather, beautiful nature and fantastic company. Thanks to Bob and Peter for sweeping and John and Joy for the photos.