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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 23rd October - Warby Trail Ride
This week we will be back to the Warby Trail for a "normal" ride. Those wanting a longer ride of around 58 km should meet at Woori Yallock for a 12 noon start, those wanting a shorter ride of around 28 km should join the peloton at around 1.40 pm (also at Woori Yallock).
Special Social Ride - Sunday 26th October
Bayside Bike Paths to Docklands and back
10 am start at South Rd - invite your friends and partners !
This year we began a special series of introductory rides, specifically for women. Now that these rides have been going for almost a year it is time to give them a chance to start to enjoy their new bike skills by riding with the rest of the group. On Sunday 26th November we will be conducting a friendly social ride along the bayside bike paths from South Rd to Docklands and back again. The route is flat and sealed (and easy). It will ideal for less experienced riders to share some fellowship with the more experienced riders and maybe benefit from their accumulated wisdom. This would also be a perfect chance to invite along friends and family to share the ride with us.
The designated start point will be the War Memorial in the car park near the end of South Rd. It is easy to find free parking in the nearby streets so don't waste your money on the expensive beach front car parks. We will then follow the off road bike path to Docklands. Riders who want an even shorter and easier ride could join the ride a little closer to the city (eg at the end of North Rd) instead.
With Christmas less than a month away it will also be a perfect opportunity to spend time with your partners on two wheels. We will be stopping for lunch either at Docklands or Southbank before the return ride. Mark this date in your diaries now.
Our Season of Rail Trails - 2 down 1 to go !
Bass Coast Ride and Walk on Sat 15th and Sun 16th November
On the 28th September we went to Yea to sample the rail trail section from Yea to Tallarook and back. This turned out to be an amazing ride and we were all very impressed with the scenery and the quality of the trail. This is surely a ride that we will repeat in the years ahead. On the 11th Oct we travelled to beautiful Gippsland to ride The Great Southern Rail Trail from Meeniyan to Foster and back. This is one of our favourite rail trails and the ride certainly did not disappoint anyone. We were also blessed with glorious cycling weather on both rides and this certainly helped raise the enjoyment factor.
Our final Rail Trail adventure for this year will take place on Saturday 15th November when we will be riding the glorious Bunurong Coastal Route and the Bass Coast Rail Trail. Experienced riders will start in Inverloch at 10 am and follow the amazing coastal road to Cape Paterson before turning inland and heading to Wonthaggi (probably arriving around 12 noon). That's where they will meet the less experienced group at the old Wonthaggi Railway Station. We will then ride the rail trail to Kilcunda which will be the lunch stop for the day. After lunch all riders will head back along the rail trail to Wonthaggi. That's the end point for the less experienced riders while the rest will continue the ride to Inverloch (taking the inland route this time). After the ride all participants are invited to share a BBQ and some fellowship at Inverloch.
On the next day (Sunday 16th Nov) we will be conducting a walk along the glorious George Bass Coastal Walk from Punchbowl to Kilcunda. By doing a little car pooling we can ensure that you only have to walk in one direction (about 8 km). All walkers are asked to bring a backpack lunch so that we can stop midway for lunch on the water's edge. I am encouraging people to consider taking overnight accommodation on the Saturday evening to make it easy to take part in the ride, BBQ and walk.
With a final total of 29 riders now taking part in these rides, the lists have now been closed. We will be leaving in late August 2015 on yet another sensational European Adventure. Now that this trip is closed I will be able to look at options for our future overseas rides. I am always open to suggestions. I am hoping to be able to release preliminary information before the end of this year.
GHOSTRIDERS 2014 SCANDINAVIA AND UK RIDES ARE NOW COMPLETED
I am pleased to say that our 2014 Scandinavia and UK rides have now been successfully completed. All 24 riders who took part had an incredible adventure which I am sure that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Most of the participants are now back in Australia, although a couple will be spending more time in Europe. I look forward to sharing images and stories with you in our newsletters over the next few weeks.
THE NEW JERSEYS ARE HERE AND READY FOR COLLECTION
I am pleased to say that the latest batch of Ghostrider jerseys has just arrived. All those who placed an order can now collect them from me. I will be bringing them to the next couple of rides or you can collect them from my home in Pakenham (but please ring me first to check that I am home). The jerseys have been subsidised by Xeccon Bike Lights and so are available at a greatly reduced cost of only $50 each. They are available in a full range of sizes up to 4XL and feature rear reflective stripe, full front zip, three rear pockets and rear zippered pocket. Even if you can't ride like the pros, at least you can look like one.
The new 2013 Ghostrider Calendar is now available for immediate download in pdf format. Simply click here to download it to your computer. The new full colour calendar features a new series of images from our 2013 rides in Bhutan and France. It not only shows all public and school holidays, but all planned Ghostrider activities for the new year ahead. Why not download it now and print it out for future reference ? You may also like to print it out to give to friends as a talking point.
You have no excuse for ever missing a favourire ride when you have ready access to all our rides for the next twelve months. !
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 Passau - 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 bike ride- completed
2015 -Ride from Venice to Florence (closed)
2015 - Loire River Ride in France Group 1(closed)
2015 - Loire River Ride in France Group 2(closed)
2015/2016 - Possible Cuba Ride (TBC)
2016 - Possible Turkey Panorama (TBC)
2016 - South America Adventure (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 until end of 2014 (or see full 2014 calendar HERE)
- Thurs Oct 23rd - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 12 noon or 1.40 pm
- Sat Oct 25th - Ladies Ride - moved to tomorrow to combine with Social Ride to Docklands
- Sunday Oct 26th - Special Social Ride - South Rd to Docklands - 10 am start
- Thurs Oct 30th - Alternate Thursday Ride - start at Blackburn Lake at 10 am
- Tuesday Nov 4th - Cup Day Ride - Tonimbuk Loop - start at Pakenham at 10 am
- Thurs Nov 6th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 12 noon or 1.40 pm
- Sat Nov 8th - Ladies Ride - starts in Pakenham at 9 am,
- Sunday Nov 9th - First Group get together for 2015 Italy and France Riders - details to be announced
- Thursday Nov 13th - Alternate Ride - start at FTG at 10 am
- Saturday Nov 15th - Bass Coast Ride - start at Inverloch at 10 am
- Sunday Nov 16th - George Bass Coast Walk - starts at Punchbowl at 10 am
- Thursday Nov 20th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 12 noon or 1.40 pm
- Sat Nov 22nd - Ladies Ride - starts in Pakenham at 9 am
- Tues Nov 25th - Night Rides Resume - Chesterfield Farm 8 pm
- Thursday Nov 27th - Alternate Ride - start at Stud Rd Sports Centre at 10 am
- Sunday Nov 30th - Dromana to Point Nepean Ride - start at Dromana at 10 am
- Tuesday Dec 2nd - Night Ride - start at Chesterfield Farm at 8 pm
- Thursday Dec 4th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 12 noon or 1.40 pm
- Saturday Dec 6th - Donna Buang Dawdle - TBC
- Tuesday Dec 9th - Night Ride - start at Chesterfield Farm at 8 pm
- Thursday Dec 11th - Alternate Ride - start at Mullum Mullum Reserve at 10 am
- Sunday Dec 14th - Social Ride - details to be announced
- Tuesday Dec 16th - Final Night Ride for 2014 - start at Chesterfield Farm at 8 pm
- Thursday Dec 18th - Final Warby Trail Ride for 2014 - Christmas Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 12 noon
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 - full
2015 Loire Valley Cycle from Orleans to the Atlantic (applications open)
2015 Danube Ride from Ulm to Vienna (TBC)
2015 Italy Ride from Venice to Florence (TBC)
2015/16 Ride around Cuba (TBC)
2016 South America Ride (TBC)
2016 Turkey Explorer (TBC)
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