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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 *****
Spaces on the Bike/Barge Section are filling fast - move quickly to get a room
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.
Annual Australia Day Ride to Southbank
Australia Day - Monday January 26th
Various start points - choose a distance to suit your fitness
For the past several years it has been our tradition to conduct a special Australia Day ride to Southbank and back. This tradition will continue on Monday 26th January. There will be several optional meet/start points but the main assembly point will be the car park at the East Malvern Public Golf Course at 10 am. This car park is located in Golfers Drive and is entered from Waverley Rd. This start would be suitable for riders of all levels, including beginners. Those that want a longer ride should meet at any of the following assembly points. Longest option - meet at the FTG Library car park at 8.00 am (start ride at 8.10 am). The entrance is virtually opposite the Aldi Supermarket in Burwood Hwy. The second option would be to meet in Jells Park (meet near the toilet block at the Ferntree Gully Rd entrance). This group should be ready to join the others at around 8.50 am. The next optional start point is the Monash Aquatic Centre in Waverley Rd. Those starting here should be ready to ride by 9.10 am. All riders will then ride to the Golfers Drive meet point to be there in time for the main 10 am start.
This is a most enjoyable ride and a perfect way to celebrate Australia Day on two wheels. Feel free to also invite along friends and partners as well. We will be stopping for lunch in Southbank before the ride back. Alternatively some may choose to take the train for the return journey.
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 Jan 27th.
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
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 for start of 2015 (or download full calendar here)
- Thursday January 22nd - Warby Trail Breakfast Ride - start at Wandin at 7 am
- Monday January 26th - Australia Day Ride to Southbank - optional start points
- Tuesday Jan 27th - Sumer Night Ride - start at Chesterfield Farm at 8 pm
- Thursday Jan 29th - Alternate Thursday Ride - start at Mullum Mullum Reserve at 10 am
- Saturday January 31st - Ladies Ride - start at Pakenham at 9 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 - 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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