Date: 09 March 2014 Meeting Point: 7/11 Service Centre/McDonalds Outbound (west side), Western Ring Road - Google Map Reference Time: 9:30 am meet for a 10:00 am start Destination: The Chocolate Mill Mt Franklin (near Daylesford) Distance: About 230 Km Finish point: The ride will finish at Bacchus Marsh (about a 40 minute easy Freeway ride back to Westgate Bridge and Melbourne) It’s on again. The Chocolate Run. For those who aren’t familiar, the ride will be to the Chocolate Mill near Hepburn Springs. If you haven’t been on one, this is one of the most popular events to be run on Netrider. Let’s face it, combining motorcycles and chocolate, why wouldn’t it be popular. As some of you may know, I am running the Pakenham leg of the Black Dog Ride on 23 March 2014 and it will be starting from the Pakenham library. As the local council wants about $200 up front for hall hire, I am running the Chocolate run to raise some funds to pay for the hall. So this ride will be a fundraiser and I am asking that people who come on the run will donate $5 towards covering the cost of hall hire. If we get more than I need to cover the hire fee, I will donate the rest to Lifeline, which is who the Black Dog Ride is raising money for. If you can’t afford to donate $5 please feel free to come along anyway and donate whatever you think you can afford. The ride will be a cruisy affair, given that we may have a large number of bikes along. The ride is suitable for learners/new riders and for those who have never ridden on a group ride before, this is a good ride to find out what riding in a group is all about. The ride will be about 250 Km long and will be broken up so that we won’t be riding for more than an hour or so without a break. The ride will head to lunch in Woodend and then on to the Chocolate Mill where we stop for a bout an hour to allow people to stock up on goodies and buy hot chocolates. The ride will finish officially at Bacchus Marsh, an easy 40 minute ride via the Western Freeway back to Westgate Bridge and Melbourne and riders should plan their own best route home from there. The route will incorporate some 100kph cruisy roads along with some narrow roads and twisty bits which newer riders need to take at their own pace. However, provided you can ride at the speed limit on straight stretches and at the advisory speed sign on curves, then this ride should be suitable for you. If you haven’t been on a group ride before and are unsure, please ask. We will be using corner markers so people should be able to ride at their own pace without the fear of getting lost. Weather Short of Apocalyptic weather conditions, this ride will go ahead rain, hail or shine. However the areas we will be riding through are cold, so if it is a cool day, dress warmly. Fuel Fuel is available at the start point, the lunch point and the finish. Please fill when you arrive at the meet point, so you start the ride with a full tank. If you are at all worried that 230 Km is getting close to the range for your tank, please also fill up again during the lunch break. Please note: Because we will be taking a few long breaks on this ride, the ride will go all day and it is unlikely that you will return to Melbourne before about 5:00 PM. Northern Feeder Ride Location: McDonalds Plenty Road, Mill Park Map Time: 8:30 am for 9:00 am start For information: Contact CJVFR Official Disclaimer: Please note that this ride will be organized by me and while any funds raised will be used to pay costs for the Pakenham Black Dog Ride, this is not an official Black Dog Ride and the Black Dog Ride organization in no way involved or responsible for the ride.