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[Melb] Learner Ride to Meredith, Sunday 18/12/2005 (repost)

Discussion in 'VIC' started by voyager, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. Its time for a Learner Ride, since I'm pretty much a learner on the current steed, plus I feel like a day out. SO....

    Learner's Loop to Meredith via Lara & Glenmore
    (yes, this is the same route as the Labour Day ride)

    Start Point: Westside Taverner Hotel carpark, Laverton (MEL 53 F4, UBD 279 G9) - Kororoit Creek Road exit of the Princes Freeway. Its huge, you can't miss it.
    Departure Time: 10:30am for 11am departure.
    Ride Class: Sightseeing (Class 2) but DEFINATELY a great ride for learning on. Roads are good with a variety of conditions. Route knowledge is possessed by some of the riders, so hints for the conditions ahead are available at each stop. Ride to your own limits on this one, and no-one will get upset.
    Ride Leader: Chairman (SR500)
    Tail End Charlie: Voyager (XV1600)

    (if the above doen't mean anything to you yet, ask one of us - find the blokes with the two noisest bikes and we'll explain the system to you)

    Route Map: Route Map [800kb GIF]

    Stage 1: Laverton - Meredith
    Distance: 100km
    Route: First blat down the Princes Freeway simply out of convenience. Once we reach Werribee, we'll annoy the populace by roaring down Synnot Street, then onto Bulban Road, out through Little River and into Lara on the Old Melbourne Road. Avoids the traffic and lets us ride our own pace.

    Waypoint: BP Station, cnr Station Lake Road & Forest Road (Melways 422 K5, UBD 609 B12). Time for a drink and fuel for those who need it. Last decent fuel available until Bacchus Marsh. If you're unsure of your tank capacity, fuel up here.

    From Lara, we'll head NW into the foothills of the Brisbane Ranges, heading towards Anakie, then up Pringles Road to Steiglitz, Maude and finally Meredith. Roads through here get steep as they wind through the foothills.

    Destination: Meredith Pub. Straight across the intersection from where we ride in, park in the shade. Decent food, and pretty cheap. Lunch here!

    Stage 2: Meredith - Laverton
    Distance: 100km
    Route: From Meredith, we'll go NE, across Slate Quarry Road and up higher - through Dindidwarrah, Mt Wallace and Glenmore before passing through Rowsley, and finally into Bacchus Marsh.

    Waypoint: Bacchus Marsh. Full range of service stations, fast food chains and sources of caffiene for those suffering withdrawal symptoms. Stopping long enough for a quick drink (it could be pretty hot) and fuel for those who may need it, then we'll press on.

    We'll head East, before turning SE back towards suburbia. Down through Parwan, behind Mt Cottrell and then down Derrimut road to Sayers road, finally returning to the Westside Taverner Hotel to complete the ride.

    Anyone from the other side of town is welcome to leave us in Bacchus Marsh if they want to get on the Western Highway and head for home, otherwise you'll end up right on the Princes Freeway, so its no too bad.



  2. I'm in. Apparently this message is too sho
  3. Oh yeah, my obligatory post - I'll be in for this. :p

    (so how shameless a bump was that?)
  4. Any ideas what time we might be back in town from this one?
  5. I'll join ya.
  6. Wow.
    Thats a small 1st post :p

    Bout time you jumped in!
  7. humm 10.30 start.. could be a good one for after geek night. I might be up for this one, but it depends on some circumstances unfortunatly ...$ :(

    Im a maybe.
  8. I'd be thinking back at Laverton around 5pm. I would estimate 2hrs out, 2hrs back, plus about 2hrs lunch. Might be a generous estimate, and you can always bail out at Bacchus Marsh if you need to on the way back.
  9. One of the reasons why its later in the day... I will be at the Geek Night, and would like SOME sleep before a day out on the bike.
  10. lol
  11. Hmm I could be interested in this. I'll let you know :)
  12. Yeah I might be in for this one if I decide to go down for Geek Night, probably head back to Ballarat from Bacchus Marsh.
  13. I'm comming along for this one. :D I'll try not to break any levers or indicators before I leave. :LOL:
  14. I will possibly be there, depends what time i get to sleep after geek night and how much money i have left after this friday....mabye i'll just drink cheap booze & save some $$$ :?

    90% at this stage.
  15. heya, im a no for this one. My fairings gone missing and so the wiring is left uncovered. going to keep riding to a minimum till i get it replaced. at least i get paid friday :(
  16. OK, its replaced now, so I'll assume you're turning up then. :p
  17. Sunday
    Occasional showers. Min 12 Max 20

    just incase you hadn't seen the weather forecast
  18. I've got the route maps printed out now, so we're pretty much ready - I'll hand them out on the day.

    Please ensure ALL BIKES show up with enough fuel to reach the first fuel stop (about 60km from the start point). There is a BP about 50m up the road from the meeting point, so you can fill up there if you need to.
  19. Yep, I saw that. Don't like it, but I'm hoping we'll be OK. I don't have wets, but unless its absolutely pissing down, we're still on for this.
  20. You see that note on the map at Yaloak Vale, where it says "steep"?
    They ain't kiddin'! (Watch the right hander at the very top).