Clifton Springs to Geelong

The plan was to check out Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads on the way – but I did that yesterday so today would be a short ride but I can’t change the map.

Stage 4. Clifton Springs to Geelong

Not having the tent to worry about resulted in a getaway around 8am. I slowly pedalled up and out of the Springs giving muscles and brain time to warm up. A need to turn right at a very busy roundabout to get on the road to Geelong certainly jogged things into life. Once again drivers took care not to run me over.

I took a couple of pictures of the dual carriageway, the traffic and the cycle lane. Neither were saved! But I worked out what I was doing wrong. This post should be illustrated a little later on. In the meantime I barrelled along the highway cruising at 20-25k for quite a while. It must have been slightly downhill but didn’t look it. I was minded of the tales of rounding the Horn in a Windjammer. All goes well as long as the person steering doesn’t look behind! The steady stream of cars, trucks and buses poured past, I was comfortable in the cycle lane – just don’t look in the mirror.

In no time at all I was deep in the Geelong suburbs following my previously worked out Ride with GPS route to the Barwon River.

On the way to Barwon river. A handy coffee shop appeared

Look – a picture!

It was a simple k or 2 from coffee shop to a road running by the river on which a couple of caravan parks sit. But first I hopped onto a shared trail running next to the river. Heaven. Quietness, traffic less, trees, birds, joggers….. ah, Bliss.

Trails by the river
Watch out for snakey substances!!

I cycled to the end then decided I should sort out somewhere to stay. Back a few ks and into a park. Bagged a powered tent site for $37 pn.

In the afternoon I explored Geelong.

I found a way across the river by road bridge. Then cycled up and over quite a hill to gain access to the waterfront – where this pier is. Now used for car parking. There are plenty of shared paths by the Corio Bay. I may be able to explore them tomorrow on my first rest day.

On the way back I found a supermarket in a massive shopping centre. I am not good in them tending to easily get lost. After getting food for tea I went to load up Magnum and found I had lost it!

After walking all around the outside of the complex and no trike to be seen, I sort of remembered where it was. Finally – there it is and even has the rear light flashing to remind me! What an idiot. Will I make it to Adelaide?

Off road trails rock…….

Author: antc1946

Born in 1946 I learnt to cycle about 10 years later. On a bike with rods connecting brake levers to the brakes - anyone remember those? I emigrated to Australia (from the UK) in 1974 and moved to Tasmania in 1984. Bicycles were in my life for most of that time although sometimes they were replaced by motorised two wheels for a bit more excitement. On reaching 70 I decided to stick to pedal power but in 2019 an electric recumbent made an appearance. it's now 2023 and I have 3 bikes. 2 e-recumbents and the Brompton.

2 thoughts on “Clifton Springs to Geelong”

  1. Good job Tony. I’m enjoying both your foibles and your successes. I think it’s fun to share both, and I like when others do too. (There is no shame in temporarily losing one’s bike or trike. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come out of a store or some other kind of building and have gone into a panic when my bike wasn’t exactly where I thought I left it–only to remember that “oh yes, now I remember, I parked it around the corner.”)


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