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Thirteen riders met at Plenty, set for a great day’s riding. A fourteenth would meet us at Broadford. Many were already well warmed up after long and arduous rides through heavy traffic from all around Melbourne. Two first time riders with the club, Tim and Damien, joined us and after introductions, coffees and a briefing from Reg (our intrepid ride leader), we set off in bright sunshine. The run took us north through Yarrambat and other burgeoning suburbs until the traffic thinned around Yan Yean.
With the sun shining and no rain forecast 14 riders left our usual departure point in Highton. Led by Stan Rogers, we headed north up South Valley Road, avoiding all traffic lights we were out and through Ceres in the Barrabool Hills within minutes. (I think we take it for granted how good we have it in Geelong.) We turned left into Andersons Road, that took us to the Princes Hwy, and back towards Geelong, turned right onto the Anglesea Road.
The weather was very ominous as six riders left Waurn Ponds and headed to Anakie to pick up myself and Mark Mensch. They arrived at Anakie at 10.05 am, and we discussed the weather and the proposed ride for the day. Eight stoic riders then headed up Ballan Road to do battle with the elements, then a right hand turn into Granite Road, where the throttle was not needed owing to the tail wind. We then turned left into Bacchus Marsh Road when we were all leaning to the left for 15k's. Then we turned left into Glenmore Road, dropping down a gear to maintain forward momentum.
Monday April 11
Lakes Entrance was the town of choice and base for our rally with accommodation for all at the RSL Motel with a total of 76 club members participating. Unfortunately there were a number of apologies received due to medical issues and we trust that those riders are up and running again. Our check-in that evening was upstairs with nibbles and drinks where we were issued with our comprehensive rally packs, after which we descended to the bistro en masse for our dinner. One of our senior ladies figured that a parachute roll or similar would be her method of descent resulting in a semi strained ankle but she was able to stagger to her seat and was waited on hand and foot for the rest of the evening.
Club membership renewal time is fast approaching, and printing of renewal requests is underway. I will have these available for collection at the May General Meeting Weds 18th, so this is a good opportunity for you to attend a meeting, collect your invoice and save the club some expense in postage. The rest will be sent out in the mail before the end May. Prompt payment would be appreciated (on or before 30 June). Please don't send cash in the mail. If you are transferring funds electronically, make sure you clearly identify YOUR payment with your surname AND membership number. Failing to do this makes it impossible to track your payment, and you may be ‘struck off’! Lastly, if you have a vehicle on Red Plate, and you let your membership lapse, you are in breach of VicRoads regulations. I look forward to processing your renewal for 2016-2017.