Ulysses Club Melbourne Branch
Greg’s 13th August 2017 Peninsula Ride
On possibly the nicest winter day in a long time, Greg Gleason led a group of 12 riders down the Peninsula for 206km of riding pleasure. It was good to welcome Brett to only his second Ulysses ride – from the Werribee area, he covered a lot of ground to share the ride with us.
We headed off through Hampton Park to Clyde to Cannon’s Creek and Pearcedale, before cutting back to the picturesque stretch from the top of Mornington’s Beleura Hill south around the twisties to Safety Beach. We went across to the freeway, then up to Arthur’s Seat for morning tea in perfect conditions, where were rendezvoused with Alf and Pat (from the South Gippsland Branch). Fourteen of us headed off for the second stage of the ride.
We bypassed Balnarring and took the short cut almost to Flinders, then swung right towards Cape Schanck (one of my favourite roads). The Rye back road had been next on the agenda, but in the last few weeks, roadworks have turned 9km of it into a fine source of wet, sticky pottery clay!! So onwards to Capel Sound and around the back road to Sorrento/Portsea.
The lunch must have been good (just look at the prices – oh well, this is the playground of the idle rich as they say – although they won’t be rich for long at this rate) but the food was nowhere near as good as the camaraderie over lunch. We said our official farewells and headed home, having enjoyed a really great day out.
Thanks to Steve Bailes who acted as Tail End Charlie. Greg had said at Dandenong “have you got a high viz vest?” to receive a chorus of “look at the bloody bike, Greg!! I think we’ll know it’s him!!”
Lots more great rides on the calendar – see you soon!!