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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
Sunday 1st March
Yarra Junction to Noojee Ride - start at Yarra Junction at 10 am
Confirmed to Start
This is our Annual Ride from Yarra Junction to Noojee and back. We will be meeting in the car park of the Yarra Junction Aquatic Centre for a 10 am start. The ride then follows the tourist road through Powelltown and over the "Bump" to Noojee. We will stop for a leisurely lunch in Noojee before the ride back. The total distance is about 85 km and is NOT suitable for beginners. Anyone planning to join this ride needs to message or email me by Saturday evening. This ride is now definitely confirmed to start.
All riders will ride as a group to Powelltown where there will be a short rest stop. Riders will then individually climb the Bump before regrouping at the summit. Since there is NO MOBILE COVERAGE past this point it is essential that all riders stick together for the remainder of the section to Noojee (ie NO SELFISH BOLTING).
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. Our next night ride for 2015 will take place on Tuesday March 3rd
Thursday March 5th
Warby Trail Breakfast Ride - 7.30 am start at Wandin
Since it is now Autumn and the days are getting shorter, and since there is no longer much chance of getting caught on the trail in the heat of the day, you can have an extra 30 mins sleep in. Today's Breakfast ride will start at the later time of 7.30 am at Wandin. The rest of the routine will be exactly the same.
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INFORMATION NIGHT TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 7TH MARCH AT 7 PM
Plans have been quietly progressing for our 2016 European Adventure. This will easily be our most ambitious overseas ride and will also mark the ten year anniversary of our first overseas ride in China in 2006. Since then we have now completed 27 overseas rides and walks which have taken us all over the globe. Unlike previous adventures, participants in the 2016 European trip will be able to put together their own adventure, varying in length from 8 to 42 days. This means that each person can modify their involvement to suit their budget and their time constraints. For those wanting the "full package" you will be able to partake of an adventure to remember for the rest of your lives. It will start with an 8 day walk in the Bavarian Alps, followed by a 1200 km ride across much of Europe. The entire adventure is broken into 4 parts, so you can choose which parts you want to do. What an amazing way to celebrate life and experience Europe at first hand. Although the trip is almost two years away I have already received expressions of interest. If you would like to be kept informed of future developments, you should let me know of your interest now.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Special Labour Day Social Ride from Royal Park to Williamstown and back
10 sm start at Royal Park (Zoo)
Our next social ride will take place on Labour Day (Monday March 9th) and will consist of a ride along the bike paths from Royal Park Railway Station to Williamstown and back again. This is a lovely FLAT ride that is suitable for most levels of rider. The total distance will be about 30 km, although more experienced riders can start from the Stud Park Boathouse and meet us at Royal Park. The path is sealed an suitable for just about all types of bike. This ride is ideal for partners, friends, family members and also for those preparing for this year's European rides. The meeting point will be the zoo park near the Royal Park Railway Station. There is plenty of low cost (and sometimes free) parking here.
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.Italy & France - 2015
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 - European Mega Adventure in 4 parts
(expressions of interest invited now)
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 5968 3307 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 for start of 2015 (or download full calendar here)
- Sunday Feb 15th - Social Ride - start at Hastings at 9 am (note changed time)
- Tuesday Feb 17th - Summer Night Ride - start at Chesterfield Farm at 8 pm
- Thursday Feb 19th - Warby Trail Breakfast Ride - start at Wandin at 7 am
- Saturday Feb 21st - Pakenham/Lang Lang Circuit - start in Pakenham at 10 am
- Tues Feb 24th - Summer Night Ride - start at Chesterfield Farm at 8 pm
- Thurs Feb 26th - Alternate Thursday Ride - start in FTG at 10 am
- Sat Feb 28th - Ladies Ride - details TBA
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 (apply now)
2016 Donaueschingen to Passau (apply now)
2016 Passau to Vienna (apply now)
2016 Vienna to Budapest (apply now)
2017 Turkey Panorama
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