Wonthaggi Ride 10 January 2016

Report on Alf's Wonthaggi Ride

It was a great day for riding and we gathered at Dandenong in warm and pleasant conditions.   Alf’s research showed, he had maps prepared on his tank bag and after a short briefing he led a dozen of us out towards the freeway and on to Berwick.  We then turned south along Berwick Clyde Road before turning east onto Ballarto Road and left the traffic behind.  We continued through Cardinia and Bayles at a good clip alongside irrigation channels before taking some very interesting twists and turns south of Drouin.    Some roads I do remember included Coster Road, the Drouin Poowong Road and Invermay Road West which from my vantage point sorely tested the suspension on Ken’s Honda cruiser (it was bumpy) before briefly using the Westernport Highway.  We then headed north-west briefly before picking up Caldermeade Road and headed back down to the new service centre on the South Gippsland Highway where we all refreshed ourselves and some fuelled up their bikes after a bit over 100km.  Ron L then called it a day as it was his first major ride after shoulder surgery so he had decided to ease his way back into it.  That also marked the end of the “straighter:” sections of the ride.

We then fought our way through suddenly heavy traffic back onto the South Gippy Hwy and then immediately left it and went through Lang Lang to Nyora via more undulating country before picking up the highway very briefly again.  We then headed south into rolling hills of South Gippsland before Loch and went down through Woodleigh before climbing a very tight and narrow road (slow technical but very enjoyable)  back up to the Loch – Wonthaggi Road, but Alf kept us confused by turning away from Wonthaggi.  I think we eventually rode through Moyarra and then Kongwak and Lance Creek through some delightful back roads before arriving at Wonthaggi for lunch.  The hills were definitely much drier and more yellow than normal and showing signs of a serious lack of rain. 

We lunched at the Wonthaggi Workers Club which has the entrance done up to resemble the entrance to a mine.   A good value meal was put on and it was great to sit at a large table and enjoy the camaraderie after a great ride.  Thanks for putting it together Alf.   Samuel – thanks for doing TEC duty.

After lunch people headed off on their own individual routes home or in small groups.   As Melbourne members come from such a diverse range of areas all heading back to the same place just doesn’t seem to work that well.  Several spoke of visiting beaches on the way home.

I decided to try a bit more exploring of the hills and headed up through Woolamai on my way home and was again truck by the dryness of the hills but still enjoyed the roads and the views back down to Westernport.  The temperature was still OK and I finally turned off via the Koo Wee Rup bypass and headed north towards Pakenham where I was struck by a wall of heat.  The temperature suddenly rose from about 26 to mid 30’s and it went beyond pleasant riding conditions.  I continued up into the Dandenong Ranges which weren’t as cool as I had hoped and I eventually stopped for a water break. 

I had a great day, enjoyed the company and the great selection of roads Alf had chosen for us.yes

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