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Lorne Ride 11 February 2024

Submitted by John_Cook on Mon, 12/02/2024 - 1:30pm

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We had another great day on Pat’s ride to Lorne.  Almost a dozen of us (including Jeremy a Ulyssean who has recently moved down from NSW) met at Werribee South, exchanged greetings and set off with Les doing TEC duty. 
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Pat leading us out 
We started with a tour of the new local estates and had a slight hiccup when Pat followed his GPS instead of his memory and signs.  Once sorted we enjoyed some traffic free back roads across flat land before some hills around Anakie
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and then some nice roads via Steiglitz to our cuppa break at Meredith. 
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Then it was on west then south through some open pasture country and some delightful roads around Shelford before riding south through Winchelsea and the hills around Deans Marsh before stopping at a very busy Lorne for Lunch.
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Kal enjoying our stop at Lorne  
Thanks Pat, it was great ride. 
After lunch I decided I had to sample a bit more of the Great Ocean Road,
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so I rode south-west to Skenes Creek and enjoyed the views and road. 
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Summer traffic etc tends to put me “off” the GOR on weekends in summer, but I thoroughly enjoyed the road and views as I rode further away from Melbourne.   
 
Then it was north through the Otway Ranges and across more open pasture land
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to Birregurra.
  I then followed Highway One back as far at the Ring Road.  Temperatures had risen significantly (I saw 36 degrees) so I took hydration breaks at both Winchelsea and Little River.  I even saturated (twice) my Buff neck protector as a form of evaporative cooling for me.  The road signs indicated delays over the Westgate, so I took the long way around via Greensborough and finally stopped for fuel near home after a mere 540 km for the day.  I used exactly 27 litres of 91 ULP for that distance which I think is pretty good economy for the old Honda. 
Put simply, I had a great day out on the bike.  Thanks to all who came along with a special mention to Pat and Les for organising and doing TEC duty respectively.  
More photos:       https://ulyssesmelb.com/ride-album/lorne-ride-11224