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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 Weekday Ride - Thursday July 30th
Start at FTG at 10 am sharp
Our next weekday ride will take place on Thursday July 30th, starting at the FTG Library car park at 10 am sharp. The entrance to the car park is almost directly opposite the Aldi Supermarket in Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully. There is plenty of parking available. There will be two ride options - the espresso (longer) ride and the latte (shorter) ride. Both rides should finish around 1.30 pm.
Saturday 1st August - Saturday Morning Social Ride
Start at Chesterfield Farm car park at 10 am
Our next Saturday morning ride was originally scheduled for Saturday 8th August, however many of our group will now be away in Echuca for that weekend so I have decided to bring it forward to Saturday 1st August. The plan will be to start at Chesterfield Farm at 10 am and then follow the Dandenong Creek Path to Dandenong for coffee stop before riding back along the Eastlink Trail. This is basically the same route we follow in summer for our summer night rides. If there is insufficient parking at Chesterfield Farm you may need to park nearby and ride to the start. We should be finished around 12.30 pm depending on the pace.
Thursday August 6th - Warby Trail Ride
Start at Woori Yallock at 10 am
Our next Warby Trail ride will take place on Thursday August 6th. All riders start at Woori Yallock at 10 am, but we will split into two groups to allow for different levels of experience. Luch will be at Warburton and we usually finish around 1.30 pm.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August
Weekend in Echuca (non cycling)
Travelling by train from Melbourne
Every year the Government sends our Seniors Free Travel Passes and each year many of these passes are never used. In order to assist you find a good use for your passes we have planned a social weekend in Echuca for the 8th and 9th of August. We will travel by train each way. The outbound train leaves Southern Cross Station at around 9.30 am on Saturday morning and the return train leaves Echuca around 4.30 pm on the following day. In order to book tickets on these trains you simply take your seniors card and your free travel passes to your local station and they will issue the tickets. The two trains in questions have unreserved seats, which means that the seats are not numbered. Our plan is to meet at Southern Cross Station at least 30 mins prior to departure so that we can all sit together on the train. We already have 16 people who have planned to share this weekend but it is not too late to join. Please call me if you need any more details.
Thought to Ponder
I think that people often get the concept of "holiday" and "adventure" confused. Whereas a couple of weeks sitting by the pool at Port Douglas or sitting on a tourist bus for a 10 day tour of Europe might legitimately be called a "holiday", does it really qualify as an "adventure"? According to the dictionary definition, an adventure must include an element of risk, daring or danger and it should must something of a challenge for those who undertake it. If that is the case, then sitting on a bus cannot be called an adventure (unless the bus is taking you on a perilous drive through the Himalayas or somewhere else right off the beaten track). Facing any true adventure always involves taking a proverbial leap of faith and stepping out of the comfort zone, facing some of your personal fears and proceeding anyway. This can sometimes be scary, but the rewards awaiting you at the end are far, far in excess of those that wait for you at the end of a just another holiday. You will never feel more truly alive than when you really immerse yourself in a genuine adventure. Try it for yourself and see what I mean.
Our next overseas adventure ?
A Turkey Panorama in 2017
Plans are now underway - let me know if you are interested
I am now in the early stages of researching our travel options for 2017. At this stage the most likely alternative is an adventure in Turkey, to be held in the first half of 2017. We last visited this amazing country in 2012 and all those who took part in that trip said it was one of the best trips they had ever done. In fact that trip filled within 4 days of opening applications. On that occasion we spent three magical weeks cycing, trekking, sailing and exploring the country. Along the way we visited a large number of historical and scenic wonders - including Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Troy, Gallipoli, the Taurus Mountains, Ilhara, Pamukkale and many more.
A few days I asked for expressions of interest from anyone who might like to join this adventure and I am pleased to have already received 31 responses. This indicates that it is already looking highly likely that this trip will go ahead. I am also planning to combine this trip with another optional extension (probably of around 10 days) in a nearby country such as Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria or Greece. This extension would follow immediately after the Turkey section.
If you would like to be kept informed of all matters relating to this trip you should let me know now so that I can keep you up to date. As soon as the final details are known I will hold another Information Night to share the details and open applications. If you have any questions, please call me on 0419 106324.
Ghostriders 2016 European Odyssey Adventure - NOW FULL
Our biggest adventure ever !!!
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.
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)
2017 - Turkey Panorama (express your interest NOW)
2017 - Eastern European Ride (possibly Romania) - express your interest NOW
September 2017 - European Cycling Adventure with bike/barge sections (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 July 30th - alternate Thursday ride - start at FTG at 10 am
- Saturday Aug 1st - Saturday morning Social Ride - start at Chesterfield Farm at 10 am
- Thurs Aug 6th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 10 am
- Sat 8th and Sun 9th August - Social Weekend in Echuca - Train from Melbourne
- Thurs August 13th - Alternate Thursday Ride - start at Blackburn Lake at 10 am
- Sat 15th August - Dan's Mystery Ride - start at Lilydale Lake at 10 am
- Thurs August 20th - Warby Trail Ride - start at Woori Yallock at 10 am
- Sat August 22nd - Saturday Morning Social Ride - start at Pakenham at 10 am
- Tues August 25th - Ghostriders 2015 European Rides start
- Thurs August 27th - Alternate Thursday Ride - start at Malvern East at 10 am
- Sun August 30th - Upper Yarra Dam Ride - start at Launching Place Pub 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
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