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Edwins Bicycle Tour Downunder
Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Wednesday 14 February Lorne to Geelong and train to Melbourne.

Another Lovely Day as the house name of a place en route stated. We had clear blue skies most of the day, light winds mainly as tailwinds and temperatures up to 33C.

Lewis rode with us for the first half of the day. No more Koalas today but more scenic coastal views. Soon after leaving Lorne we started a 2 mile climb up Big Hill to Cinema Point. We had given Peter W a 20 minute head start and caught him just before the top.

Then down to the coast and an Arch over the road commemorating the building of the Great Ocean Road. We stopped there for a group photo and Lewis turned round and headed back to Lorne.

We headed on and stopped at Aireys Inlet for elevenses. Then on to Anglesea and Anglesea Beach and an undulating climb inland. We took a byroad back down to the coast at Bells Beach and some steep short 18% climbs.

Then down to Torquay and lunch at a restaurant overlooking the golden sands of its bay where we had apple crumbles with ice creams.

We took a side road north to Geelong on Horseshoe Bend Road which had one bend but was otherwise flat and straight and with a tailwind for 10 miles. Peter W found this very comfortable.

We headed into the city of Geelong and got to the V.Line train station for a train into Melbourne . There was no direct route into Melbourne froGeelong other than the M1 freeway for 30 miles.

We got into the Southern Cross Station in central Melbourne for 5.30 and rode a few miles in the rush hour traffic to the hotel making better speed than the jammed up cars.

Although this completes the circuit we plan another ride tomorrow so I will calculate total mileage then. When the others fly back Saturday I will stay on another 3 weeks and will continue the blog.

47 miles for the day and 1840 ft of climb.

Edwin


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