Alas, I don't get to ride regularly, so I like to plan interesting rides. I know, I should really find time to get down to coffee one night, but I’d rather use my ‘allotted’ time riding. I enjoyed getting everyone together last time (and learning a few key lessons of ride organisation) and thought I'd do it again (masochist I know!). The concept: Melbourne drops out of stage 2 water restrictions on March 1 for longer term water restrictions....so lets check out the dams (ok its lame buts its an excuse). If your interested, more info on restrictions at http://www.melbournewater.com.au/system/mainFrameset.asp?path=/media_releases/20050221.asp Proposed Route: Starting at Rowville (Wellington Road) then via the following reservoirs: - Cardinia, Silvan, Upper Yarra, Maroondah (via Reefton / Blackspur - can't help myself), Sugarloaf. . About 230 km with plentiful stops; 10-15 minutes at each dam with a longer stop for lunch - we get to see all but 3 dams (I think!) and about 38% of Melbourne’s total water storage capacity. Nice twisties over the ever-popular spurs. Would suit most riders and those who enjoy the social aspects of a ride. Best guess is not more than 6 hours door to door (SE suburbs). This is a four-hour ride for a confident rider observing (and maintaining) all speed limits. The Thompson dam adds another 60% of storage capacity, but this would make this close to 500km for the day, so will do that dam separately for experienced riders at another date (I’m thinking May as I have 5 weeks away soon). Greenvale and O’Shannesy are the other dams. Greenvale is to the west (out of the way) and O’Shannesy is trivial (3,000 ML as opposed to Upper Yarra at 200,000 ML). You might like to visit these on your own at another date. Any feedback on preferred date or start end times I’ll try and incorporate. Will set the date, route and times next week if there is sufficient interest, otherwise I’ll just do this adlib.