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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
*******Next Thursday Ride - 25th Sep*****
Warby Trail Ride
This week we are back on the Warby Trail for a "normal" ride. You can start at Woori Yallock at 12 noon if you want to ride the full 58 km or else wait to meet us there at 1.40 pm if you want a shorter ride of about 28 km.
Saturday Morning Ladies Cycling Group
This Saturday Sep 27th - 9 am start at Pakenham
The next ladies' ride will be held this Saturday 27th Sep, starting at Waterford Rise Park at 9 am sharp. We have a brand new route for you which I am sure you will find interesting and enjoyable. The ride will be about 16 km with an option for an additional 3 km if you are feeling energetic. After the ride we share a coffee by the lakeside. These rides are ideal for beginners or anyone wanting to start improving their bike fitness. The rides are almost all on sealed bike paths and suitable for any type of bike. Feel free to invite a friend.
Next Weekend Ride
Sunday Sep 28th - Great Victorian Rail Trail
Yea to Tallarook - 9.30 am start in Yea
This is our chance to return to the Great Victorian Rail Trail (previously called the High Country Rail Trail) and ride in the opposite direction. The last time we rode this trail we went from Yea to Alexandria, this time we will be riding from Yea to Tallarook. The plan is to meet in the main street of Yea at 9.30 am, in time to have a coffee before starting the ride. We will then begin the ride from the Yea Railway Station and ride through to Tallarook where we stop for lunch before the return ride. The total distance will be about 80 km.
Details have now been finalised for our 2015 overseas cycling adventures. The plan is to run two consecutive rides in Europe starting in Rome in mid August 2015. The first ride will include time in Rome and Venice before we hop on the bikes to ride across Italy to Florence. The second ride will begin with 4 days in Paris and then follow the Loire River all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Both trips will include full accommodation, bike hire, most meals, luggage transfer and complete notes for the trip. You can now download the preliminary information here
Since the Information Night on Sat 24th May I have already received 20 applications for this adventure. If you don't want to miss out you would be advised to move quickly to secure one of the remaining places.
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. !
Ghostriders 2013 Bhutan and Thailand Cycling Adventure
Now Safely Completed!
I am pleased to say that the last of our participants have now returned safely to Australia following the completion of our 2013 Bhutan and Thailand Cycling Adventures. This trip was memorable for all the right reasons - we had a fantastic group of participants, the logistics went without a hitch, our support staff were amazing, the hotels were much better than we expected, we survived the world's most dangerous landing (and take off) at Paro airport and we had no cycling accidents in spite of cycling hundreds of km on some of the world's worst roads. We all LOVED Bhutan and counted it a real privelege to have had the change to visit one of the world's few remaining unique cultures. The heat of Thailand was a challenge but we all prevailed in spite of the 40C and high humidity. I have returned approx 5 kg lighter than when I left so I will have to work hard to put back on the weight I have lost. As soon as I have had a chance to go through my pictures I will start posting some images of our trip.
Ghostriders Turkish Delights & Greek Odyssey Adventures
Now Completed !
I am pleased to announce that our 2012 Turkish Delights and Greek Odyssey Adventures are now completed with all our our participants now safely back home in Australia. Like all our previous adventures, these latest two were full of highlights (some of them planned). In the next few weeks I will share some images and stories from our amazing experiences. Our next overseas adventure is schduled for May 2013 when we will be heading off to Bhutan on an exciting bicycling journey through the hidden kingdom in the Himalayas.
Ghostriders in Cappadocia, Turkey in September 2012.
Overseas Adventure Challenges
Q. What's Next ?
A.New Zealand - March 2014
Question: What do the places Kunming, Kathmandu, Delhi, Bangkok, Munich, Dali, Li Jiang, Jaipur, Yangshuo, Vienna, Budapest, Guilin, Paris, London, 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 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 - full
June 2014 - Scandinavia Cycle - Finland B Team - full
June 2014 - Scandinavia Cycle - Sweden A Team - full
June 2014 - Scandinavia Cycle - Sweden B Team - full
June/July 2014 - UK bike ride- full
2015 -Ride from Venice to Florence (now open )
2015 - Loire River Ride in France (now open - book early
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 September (or see full 2014 calendar HERE)
- Thursday Sep 4th - alternate Thursday ride - start at Mullum Mullum Reserve at 10 am
- Thursday Sep 11th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 12 noon
- Saturday Sep 13th - Ladies Ride at Pakenham - start at Waterford Rise at 9 am
- Saturday Sep 13th - Special Weekend Ride - Poowong Circuit - start at Lang Lang at 10 am
- Thursday Sep 18th - Alternate Thursday Ride - Pakenmham Lakes and Wetlands - start at Cardinia Road Station at 10 am
- Thursday Sep 25th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 12 noon
- Sunday Sep 28th - Special Weekend Ride - High Country Rail Trail - Yea to Tallarook - start 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 - 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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