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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
*****Join Us in Europe in 2016 for our BIGGEST European Adventure Ever *****
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.
Sunday 23rd November - Special Ride for Experienced Riders
10 am start in Emerald
This is a special ride put together by Lothar for experienced riders only. They will be starting at 4 Old Beaconsfield Rd, EMerald for a 30 km ride around Cardinia Dam. The ride is all on road and best suited to road bikes. Since the route is hilly this is definitely not for beginners. After the ride you are invited to share a sausage sizzle at Lothar's. Check with Lothar for more details.
Tuesday 25th November
Night Rides Commence
Meet at Chesterfield Farm for a 8 pm start
Charge up your headlights and join us for our first night ride of the season. We meet in the car park at the entrance to Chesterfield Farm, Knoxfield in time for an 8 pm start. We will be following the Dandenong Creek trail to Dandenong where we stop for coffee before following the Eastlink Trail back to the start. We usually finish around 10 pm. This is a great way to get your fitness improved and have fun under the stars.
Thursday 27th November
Alternate Thursday Ride - Meet at Dandenong Indoor Sports Car Park (Stud Rd) for a 10 am start
Join us for another "mystery" ride starting at the Stud Rd Indoor Sports Centre at 10 am. We may ride to Berwick, or then again we might go somewhere elese entirely different. We will make the decision when we are all ready to start.
Special Peninsula Ride - Sunday 30th November
Start at Safety Beach, Dromana at 10 am
Options for all levels of rider
This is intended as a combined ride for experienced and inexperienced riders alike. We will all be starting at Safety Beach at 10am, but the experienced riders will be riding all the way down to Point Nepean whereas the newer riders will be completing a shorter and slower ride (probably stopping at Blairgowrie or Sorrento). We will also be visiting Sally's restaurant in Rosebud to see if her coffee is as good as she says it is. Our cycling program for 2014 is rapidly drawing to a close so I would encourage everyone to come along and share in this day of cycling and fun.
Thursday Dec 4th - First Breakfast Ride of Summer
Start at Wandin at 7 am
Last year we made the decision to change all our summer rides on the Warby Trail to BREAKFAST RIDES. This has a number of advantages in the hotter weather. The main reason is that we can complete the ride by around 10 am and thus escape the main heat of the day. The other significant reason is that the Yarra Valley is a known bushfire danger area, with the most dangerous periods being afternoon. The weather is the early morning is usually cooler and stiller, making for enjoyable riding conditions. We start from the Wandin Car Park at 7 am and each rider then rides as far towards Warburton as they wish, before turning back and joining in a breakfast at the Carriage Cafe at around 9 am. After breakfast, you only have a short ride back to the car park. The first breakfast ride for this season will be on Thursday 4th December.
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 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
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)
- Thursday Nov 20th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 12 noon or 1.40 pm
- Sunday 23rd November - Lothar's Ride - start in Emerald at 10 am, ride followed by sausage sizzle
- 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 - FIRST BREAKFAST RIDE OF SEASON - Start at Wandin at 7 am
- 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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