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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream. Discover” Mark Twain
Thursday April 16th - Warburton Trail Ride
NEW START TIME APPLIES
10 am start at Woori Yallock
I know that it might be hard to re program 12 years of tradition, but we are going to try. Following the unanimous support for the earlier start time, we have decided to alter the start time for our Warby Trail Rides to 10 am, to bring it into line with the start time for our alternate rides. The ride will start at Woori Yallock at 10 am sharp. I am also experimenting with a different route for our Warby Trail rides. We will all ride directly towards Warburton (NOT MT EVELYN), but we will have three ride lengths to choose between. Less experienced riders will simply ride to Warburton and back. More experienced riders will continue through Warburton and then follow Riverside Drive to Warburton East before riding back to Warburton. Any wanting a few extra kilometres (and some hill climbing) can ride through Warburton East and up to the famous "saddle", before turning back and riding down to Warburton. All groups will lunch at Warburton, before returning to Woori Yallock. We should all be back at Woori Yallock around 2 pm.
Sunday April 19th
Walhalla Forest Ride - start in Erica at 10 am
NOW POSTPONED DUE TO PREDICTED BAD WEATHER
Due to predicted heavy rain and freezing conditions this ride has now been postponed to a future date. This trail is very vulnerable following heavy rain and it would not be much fun trying to ride it in the conditions that the Weather Burea has predicted.
This is a ride that we have done several times before and it is always a lot of fun. The ride starts at the sports ground in Erica and follows the Erica - Walhalla Rail Trail to the Thompson River. From there we cross the big bridge over the Thompson River and ride the bitumen road to Walhalla. That's where we will stop for lunch at one of the eateries. After lunch we continue along the Main St to the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine. That's where we ride up the short but very steep road to the mine entrance and you can take some time to explore the mine museum. We then follow the high tramway route along the mountainside back to the Thompson River. This section gives some fantastic views down onto the township.
At the end of the tramway we ride down a very steep dirt road down to the Thompson River Bridge. We cross the bridge and then continue the hardest climb of the day along the bitumen road back up to the Tyres Rd. Then we join the back road back to Erica. Although the total distance cycled is under 40 km, it contains a wide variety of surfaces and always throws up a few surprises.
This ride is definitely best suited to MTBs due to the several unsealed/rough sections. It is not a ride for beginners as you will need at least a reasonable amount of bike fitness and experience to complete it. Since it is a couple of hours drive from Melbourne I would encourage all riders to car pool to cut down petrol costs.
*****IMPORTANT - All those riders who are planning to do this ride need to let me know by midday Saturday April 18th. If we do not get sufficient starters the ride may be cancelled*****.
Ghostriders 2016 European Odyssey Adventure - NOW FULL
Standby List now open for those who missed out
I am sorry for all those who missed out but all spaces were filled within the first week
Click HERE to download the brochure
This adventure really seemed to capture everyone's imagination, so much so that all places were filled within the first week. Because of the high popularity of this trip I will be dividing our daily riding group into two smaller groups of around 16 riders each. Each group will start and finish at the same locations but will ride independently during the day. We have now chosen the barge we will be using for Bruges - Amsterdam section. It is the luxury barge the MS Magnifique. Since it is a much higher standard than what we originally imagined, I am sure that we are going to have an amazing time on board. All initial spaces are now filled on the barge, however I have started a standby list, in case any of the original applicants are unable to complete the trip.
Update 16th March
I have now had to close all applications for this trip as we have far exceeded our original sizes for all sections. If you are still interested in joining you can put your name down on a standby list in case anyone has to cancel due to ill health.
Update - 14th March - Spaces almost filled already
Since opening applications for this adventure just 6 days agao I can now report that most spaces are now filled. It is also worth noting that almost 85% of the applicants have completed one or more of our previous overseas adventures (so I guess that means we must be doing something right). If you are still trying to make up your mind whether to join us or not, you had better move quick as it looks like applications will be closed within the next couple of days.
Update 10th March
Applications for all four sections are already over 80% full, so anyone still wanting to book a place will need to act quickly !!!!
Update - 8th March 2015
Due to the huge interest that has been shown in this adventure I will now be holding a second Information Evening on Friday 13th March, starting from 7 pm. If you missed out on the first meeting, this will be another chance to find out all about the 2016 cycling trip and to ask any questions you may have. Applications are now open and I have already received quite a lot of completed applications in the first 24 hours.
UPDATE - 18th Feb 2015
The Information Night for those interested in finding out more about this adventure is planned to be held on Saturday 7th March at 7 pm. If you would like to hear all about the trip, see a collection of images from the ride and ask questions, then this is your chance. I will also have the official application forms available for those that are ready to secure their places. Since seats will be limited it is essential that anyone wishing to come along to this meeting, lets me know beforehand how many seats they will require. You can either call me on 0419 106324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE 25th Jan 2015 - I now have more information about the bike and barge trip from Bruges to Amsterdam that I would like to share. This has been tentatively planned for the period from 19th to 28th August 2016. Our plan is to completely book one barge for our own use. Not only will this be a load of fun, but will give us control over the boat for the period of the trip. Since these barges are always booked long in advance, it is essential that we move now to secure the barge for our use. At this stage the barge we are looking at has a total of 11 rooms (all with private facilities). Judging from the initial interest I have received it is looking like we will fill this barge very quickly. There is also the possibility of a larger barge with 15 rooms that we could possibly secure if we move very quickly. I need all those who have a serious interest in joing the bike/barge section to LET ME KNOW NOW. Spaces will be filled in order of application so it is important to get your application in quickly. Spaces in the subsequent sections (along the Danube) will be filled independently.
Our first Tuesday night ride began with a new night time record of riders, the second one was even bigger ! It seems that people have finally realised just how much fun night riding can be. It is also a perfect way to improve your fitness by getting in an additional ride each week. All our night rides start at Chesterfield Farm car park, Knoxfield. The entrance is from Ferntree Gully Rd and it is very convenient to the Eastlink Freeway. You need to arrive by 7.45 pm so that you will be ready to ride at 8 pm sharp. On the outward ride there is a shorter option for newer or slower riders. We usually arrive in Dandenong around 8.50 pm and enjoy a coffee together before returning along the Eastlink Trail. You do need good front and rear lights so that you can safely take part. You can watch a video of one of our night rides here It might give you an idea of how much fun they are.
The brand new 2015 Ghostriders Cycling Calendar is now available for download. This calendar is essential for everyone wanting to know what rides are planned each month. It also contains details of all public and school holidays throughout the year. You might also like to print off your own colour copy and give it as a gift to any cycling friends.
You have no excuse for ever missing a favourire ride when you have ready access to all our rides for the next twelve months. !
You can downlowd our new calendar by clicking here or on the image at left.
Overseas Adventure Challenges
Q. What's Next ?
A. 2016 European Cycling Odyssey
Question: What do the places Kunming, Kathmandu, Delhi, Bangkok, Munich, Dali, Li Jiang, Jaipur, Yangshuo, Vienna, Budapest, Guilin, Paris, Agora, Hong Kong, Dubai, Pokhara, Passau, Santiago, Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Livingstone, Swakopmund, Johanessburg, Pretoria, Prague, Dresden, Ulm, Istanbul, Antalya, Athens, Thira, Delphi, Ephesus, Wangaratta, Thimphu, Paro, Bangkok, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Helsinki, Turku, Stockholm, Mariefred, London, Manchester, Ulverstone, Sunderland and Warburton all have in common ?
Answer: They have all been visited by the Ghostriders in the past 8 years !
OVERSEAS ADVENTURE CHALLENGES - PAST AND FUTURE
2006 Tiger Leaping Gorge 1 - completed
2007 - Tiger Leaping Gorge 2 - completed
2008 - Limestone Trail - completed
Mar 2009 - Annapurna-Dhauligiri A (Trek)- completed
Mar 2009 - Annapurna-Dhauligiri B (Trek) - completed
Apr 2009 - India Discovery Tour - completed
Apr 2009 - Cambodia & Angkor Watt - completed
Sep 2009 - Danube Ride (Europe) - completed
Sep 2010 - Peru Cycle & Inca Trail Trek- completed
Oct 2010 - Argentina & Iguassu Falls - completed
Aug/Sep 2011 - European Ride - Ulm to Vienna - completed
Sep 2011 - Czech Surprise - Elbe River Ride - completed
April 2012 - Under African Skies (African Safari) - completed
Sep 2012 - Turkish Delights (Cycle and Trek) - completed
Oct 2012 - Greek Odyssey - completed
May 2013 - Ghostriders Bhutan by Bike - completed
May 2013 - Thailand - Burma Railway Cycle - completed
Sep 2013 - Loire Valley Ride in France - completed
March 2014 - New Zealand South Island Explorer - completed
June 2014 - Scandinavian Cycle - Finland A Team - completed
June 2014 - Scandinavia Cycle - Finland B Team - completed
June 2014 - Scandinavia Cycle - Sweden A Team - completed
June 2014 - Scandinavia Cycle - Sweden B Team -completed
June/July 2014 - UK Coast to Coast bike ride- completed
2015 -Italian Renaissance Ride (closed)
2015 - Loire River Ride in France Group 1(closed)
2015 - Loire River Ride in France Group 2(closed)
2016 - Bike and Barge - Bruges to Amsterdam (full)
2016 - Danube - Donaueschingen to Passau (full)
2016 - Danube - Passau to Vienna (full)
2016 Danube - Vienna to Budapest (full)
2016 - Turkey Panorama (TBC)
Within 3 years - Possible Antarctic Adventure (TBC)
All overseas adventures are open to men and women who are fit and active with well developed senses of adventure and good sense of humour. You do not have to be an experienced cyclist but you will need to be prepared to complete a realistic training program to adequately prepare for the challenges ahead.
You can either stay at home and think of a hundred reasons why you can't go, or else you can take a step at fulfilling some of your dreams. Once the decision is made, the details have a way of taking care of themselves.
I can also arrange to meet with your cycling group to give them more information on these trips. Ring me on 03 5941 6216 for details.
Previous Ride Stories (The Warby Archives)
In the interests of keeping this page to a manageable size I have archived some ride stories to another page. If you've got some time to spare you can read dozens of previous adventures by clicking here. E-mail messages should be sent to Dennis.
Upcoming Rides & Activities (or download full calendar here)
- Thursday April 16th - Warby Trail Ride - NEW START TIME of 10 am at Woori Yallock
- Sunday April 19th - Walhalla Forest Ride - start at Erica at 10 am - RSVP by Saturday
- Tuesday April 21st - Autumn Night Ride - start at Chesterfield Farm at 8 pm
- Thursday April 23rd - Alternate Thursday Ride - start at Mullum Mullum reserve at 10 am
- Saturday April 25th - Ladies Ride - start in Pakenham at 9 am
- Tuesday April 28th - Final Autumn Night Ride - start at Chesterfield Farm at 8 pm
- Thursday April 30th - Warby Trail Ride - NEW START TIME of 10 am at Woori Yallock
Please note that ride stories are now published in the FREE weekly newsletter - why not subscribe now ?
For all previous weekday ride stories click HERE
Lots of other weekend stories can be found HERE
A list of current riders and their numbers
Overseas Adventure Challenges
Click HERE for 2006 China Ride
Click HERE for 2007 China Ride
Click HERE for 2008 China Ride
Click HERE for our 2009 Himalayan Challenge and pictures
Click HERE for the 2009 Danube Ride Story
Click HERE for some pictures of the 2010 South America Challenge
2011 Ulm to Vienna Ride - see the video on YouTube
2011 Prague to Dresden - video available soon
Click HERE for the 2012 Under African Skies Story
2012 Under African Skies - African Safari (completed)
2012 "Turkish Delights" Adventure (completed)
2012 "Greek Odyssey" Adventure (completed)
2013 French Revolutions - Cycling Trip (completed)
2013 Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon -completed
2013 Thailand - Burma Railway Cycle - completed
2014 New Zealand South Island - completed
2014 Scandinavia Ride in Finland and Sweden - completed
2015 Italy Ride (full)
2015 Loire Valley Cycle from Orleans to the Atlantic (full)
2016 Bruges to Amsterdam by bike and barge (full)
2016 Donaueschingen to Passau (full)
2016 Passau to Vienna (full)
2016 Vienna to Budapest (full)
2017 Turkey Panorama
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