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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
Mid Winter - Anniversary Dinner and Celebration
Saturday 18th July - Everyone is invited
Contact David Yates ASAP to reserve places
In July this year we will be celebrating the 13th anniversary of our first ride on the Warby Trail. I think that is a milestone worthy of celebration (and also gives us a good excuse to share a dinner together). Over that period hundreds of riders have shared rides with us, either in Australia or on one of our many overseas adventures. Now is the time to take a moment to mark that achievement. Anyone who has ever ridden with us in the past 13 years is now invited to join together to share a special Anniversary Dinner. Of course partners are also encouraged to come along.
In order to express your interest in being a part of this event you will need to contact David Yates ( firstname.lastname@example.org) to tell him how many spaces you would like. At this stage we have not yet confirmed the final venue as that will depend on the number of people who would like to attend. For numbers up to around 40 it will probably be in a private home, but if the numbers are higher we will probably need to book a venue.
In any case, the date we have chosen is Saturday 18th July. Could you all please note this date in your diaries now and please contact David with your bookings as soon as possible ?
This will NOT be an AGM or a business meeting of any sort, it is intended as a purely social get together to celebrate how much the Ghostriders has enriched our lives and helped us make so many wonderful friendships.
Saturday 23rd May
Ladies (& Gents) Ride from Pakenham to Beaconsfield
9 am start in Pakenham
The next Ladies Ride will be held this Saturday, starting from Pakenham at 9 am sharp. The start point will be Waterford Rise Park in Pakenham (park in Twynam Place). Although this is listed as a "Ladies Ride" men are still welcome to come along to do a modified version of the ride at the same time as the ladies. Morning tea will be at the lovely Old Post Office coffee shop in Beaconsfield. The ride should finish between 11.30 to 12.00 o clock.
Thursday 28th May - Warby Trail Ride
Start at Woori Yallock at 10 am
This week's ride will be back on the Warby Trail for a ride from Woori Yallock starting at 10 am. All riders will ride out towards Warburton, but will split into two groups so that each rider can ride a distance appropriate to their bike experience. Lunch for all riders will be at Warburton and we should be back at Woori Yallock by 2 pm, in time to beat the traffic.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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)
- Thurs May 14th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 10 am
- Sun May 17th - Special Social Ride - Newport to Point Cook - start at Newport at 10 am
- Thurs May 21st - Alternate Thursday Ride - start at FTG at 10 am
- Sat May 23rd - Fortnightly Ladies Ride - Pakenham to Beaconsfield - start in Pakenham at 9 am
- Thurs May 28th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 10 am
- Sat May 30th - North Rd to Frankston - start at North Rd at 10 am
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
Did you know that we also have an e-mail mailing list? If you would like to be informed/reminded of future cycling events by e-mail just drop a request to me at the following address firstname.lastname@example.org