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Sunday 17 September 2017 - Wyee Farms
What a beautiful day for cycling! Seventeen riders started from Wyong, heading for the Gorokan Fish Co-op park, where we picked up 4 more (Pedro, JD, Annie and Danny). Michelle And. was leading, and Paulie followed up the back end, thanks to you both.
No messing about going through Toukley, Michelle just led us straight up the middle (Main Road), to Norah Head, then down Budgewoi Road, via the old highway and the bike path, to Lizzie Bay Drive. Once we got onto LBD we were allowed to fang it to Lizzie Bay. Just for the record, I was at the front, but soon got passed by Rolf, then Shane, then Michelle the other one, then John D, but I pulled Michelle back before the end. Shane caught Rolf eventually but he is 30 years younger.
Then straight up LBD to the Pacific Hiway, and along said carriageway to the Munmorah shops, where we had our coffee. If we hadn't been there Jamaica Blue would have been nearly empty, but as it was we nearly filled it by ourselves. We then continued down the hwy to Doylo, where we carefully positioned ourselves to turn right from the left lane of Scenic Drive, which got us all across OK. At this stage Pedro went straight home after completing 36km, well done Pete! Did I mention how lovely the conditions were? Sunny, slightly cool, fine, 10 knot southerly...
We trundled through Wyee and turned left into Hue Hue Road, which usually means a tough ride ahead for many kilometres, but this time it was a careful ride (lots of traffic) past the freeway and right into Wyee Farms Road, which is a delight, nice scenery, quiet bitumen road, which we took to the end, about 5km along. Funnily enough we tangled with an ambulance on its way to an emergency. The lady looking for the ambos came out too late and they raced past, but we redirected them. Such excitement!
That was basically our ride, but we still had to get back to Wyong, or home or wherever, so we dropped a few people off at the Wyee Rail, with a 20 minute wait for their train. The rest of us rode to Doyalson again, and the Toukley/Noraville group turned left down Scenic Drive, and the last contingent followed me, as the local expert, all the way down the highway to Lake Haven, where we crossed to the west side and made our way through a couple of little back streets to the Warnervale Wetlands, one of my favorite spots. I took John L'Es there last week, but I didn't make him lead it on his only second try. I led them, about 7 of us, to Warnervale Road, from whence they were able to make their way to Wyong.
I totalled exactly 60km, with the little bit extra at Warnervale, having started only at Gorokan, while Rolf and Diane rode from Buff Point to Wyong, then home again afterwards for a total of 85km each - well done you septuagenarians. The Daleys clocked up the same as me, 60.3km. A really enjoyable ride, not too hard, but really interesting. I should mention that Paulie rode all the way back to Newcastle afterwards, completing 110km. Great effort Paul!
Danny
Wyee Farm Road
Sunday 10 September 2017 - Norah Head For Coffee
Twenty riders joined us for this morning's ride from Wyong River bridge to Norah Head, though John D never got any further west than Wyongah, as we caught him going the other way. Conditions were divine (it's Sunday after all). Not a long ride, only 38km, but a good one.
The kayak racers were on the river, so all the toilets were open. By the time we got back they were gone, and the dunnies were shut, but we had our own MLAK key for the private room. We just rode down the 'river' road with a barely noticeable tailwind which was perfect. We stopped for a wee break at the Gorokan Peace Park (Fish Co-op) next to the Toukley bridge before continuing on to the Beachcomber where we turned towards Canton Beach.
A very pleasant morning tea at the Bombora café where there was plenty of seating and service was, well, adequate. My banana bread took ages. On our way back things started to go pear-shaped, insofar as people started heading for home, or extended rides, so Josie and Simon rode with someone down WBD to The Entrance, Rolf and Diane headed north to Buff Point, JD went home, then rode down to T/E. Barry dropped off as we went past his house, as they had all ridden from home to the start.
After a quick spin down Jensen Road, we finished up along Pollock Ave before completing our ride. Thanks to everyone who came. It was a privilege to lead you.
Danny
Sunday 3 September 2017 - Wyong to The Entrance 4 coffee
Our first Spring ride this year, so the weather was perfect - sunny, wind N at 5 knots changing to NNE at 10.00am to 15 knots, and cool early, warming beautifully to 25°C by lunchtime. Eleven riders arrived, and we were led by Andrew, on his super Time Trial bike. Ian Sv acted as sweep, thanks you guys.
Twenty kilometres to The Entrance, with many people and dogs on the bike path around the lake (that's it at the top of the report). Andrew kept a very leisurely pace, as this is supposed to be an easy ride, so we just mosied along enjoying the ride, actually couldn't go very fast due to the foot traffic and other bikes, most of the them ridden by cute 5 year old girls. After crossing the Tuggerah bridge we went up to Lake Road and Church Road to Chittaway, and came back the same way.
At Blue Bell Park we stopped for a break, and sadly found the lifeless body of a beautiful tawny frogmouth (bird) which I thoughtfully disposed of in a rubbish bin, as we didn't have time to bury it anywhere.We soon got over that shock and continued on our way, with no further mishaps.
At The Entrance it was pretty busy, being Fathers Day, so we were spread out everywhere. At this point Pedro returned home via Wilfred Barrett Drive, as he had ridden from Noraville to the start at Wyong for a 48km total. I also had ridden from home, and completed the ride back to Wyong before heading home to complete 64km. The other riders who just did the basic ride did about 40km.
A very nice ride with these people taking part viz Anne and Ian Sv, Alan on his MTB, Josie and Simon (I think I can put them together for now), Diane Heaton, Pedro, Danny, Margaret Lats, Carol and Andrew. Thanks for coming along everyone, and celebrating Fathers Day together.
Danny


19-20 August 2017 - Dungog Weekend Away
We had our weekend away ride last weekend lead by Anne S. from Dungog to Newcastle. Seven of us rode up on Friday battling that crosswind. Nearly blown off our bikes a few times, meeting the others at dinner totalling 18. Accommodation was good and food was nice made us ready for the challenging ride back to Raymond Terrace, pumping into the wind most of the way only one flat, Simon. Ian was doing a good job sweeping the backend. After arriving in Raymond Terrace a few left to head off home and the rest of us rode to our motels and met up again for dinner at the bowling club.
Sunday we gathered to ride back to Newcastle via Saltash for lunch. The wind was still pumping, didn’t make things easier. Finally we all arrived at Hamilton station with no incidents thanks to Anne’s well planed ride. Thanks for Anne leading the ride and for Ian keeping the tail end intact, it was a very good ride and weekend and thanks for all those that could come along.
Cheers all, Paul M
Photos are here.

Our heroes of the day, Roy and Anne
Sunday 13 August 2017 - Brooklyn Bridges
A classic ride today, but a scary one. Still eleven riders turned up, plus Allan, who could not stay, just popped in to give us his amazing news. Allan has just returned from Canada where he rode the final MTB Masters World Championships, and won. Congratulations, Allan! Roy was our amazing leader today, and Annie Sv held up the tail. We also had a visitor, Dom, a younger guy who rides a recumbent cycle, a very strange contraption. Shoulda got a photo of it.
Conditions were perfect so no excuses for non-attendance. The first step of this ride is up Kariong Hill, a good challenge any day. After a rest at the Servo at the top, we continued along the Central Coast Highway to the turn-off to Somersby, then along the Old Pacific Highway to Brooklyn. The hilly sections weren't as bad as we imagined, they never are, and I mean the uphill bits, and we finally stopped at the Bikie café (Pie In The Sky?) for what a few people thought was a coffee break, but we cancelled their orders and made them wait another hour.
Hundreds of motorbikes entertained us roaring past in both directions. The occasional car took up valuable space on the road. We finally passed the telecommunications tower and knew we were on the home stretch, because Annie told us so. A wonderful roll down the very long hill and we popped out on Brooklyn Bridge, feeling very pleased with ourselves. A quick trip across to Brooklyn to The TeaHouse for coffee, and the ride was over.
Thanks very much to everybody for coming, and to Roy and Annie in particular for their work on containing us. A long train journey back home rounded out the Big Day Out for these mature kids.
Danny
Sunday 6 August 2017 - Lakes Beach
Nineteen dedicated riders fronted for today's short ride to Budgewoi and Lakes beach café. Conditions were ideal, with a cool start, sunny and only a slight - sorry a 20 knot - Northerly according to Seabreeze. Hardly noticed it. Annie Sv led the ride and Sue brought up the rear.
After a visit to the toilet block we headed off down Wolseley Avenue towards Tacoma, before veering left at Hillcrest Avenue and Braithwaite to Jensen Road. Annie let us all go at our own pace down to Wyongah, which was very pleasant.
After a re-group and new instructions at Wahroongah Ave we kept riding towards the Gorokan Fish Co-op along the roller coaster and Marks Road, dropping Carol off at the chemist in Wallarah Road, Gorokan, to get some teardrops. Another toilet break took place at the Gorokan Peace Park, where the Fish Co-op is, before we cut through to The Corso and continued all the way to the Specific Highway and over Wallarah Creek to San Remo. Somewhere after that somebody got a flat, but Sue, with a little help from Glenn, I suppose, had it fixed in almost no time.
We didn't really notice the wind, especially when it was behind us, and soon found ourselves at the Lakes beach Café, where Marshall caught up with us. He had ridden down from Newcastle, but had a puncture at Swansea, so he did well to even find us. It was so enjoyable sitting out in the sun with our m/t, but soon enough the time came to trudge back home, or Wyong. Starting from home, and riding straight back there, I completed 50km - a good morning's work. My weekly total was 164km. Thanks everyone for coming, and thanks to Annie, Glenn and Sue for looking after us. Welcome also to Jane, our newest visitor - long may she ride.
Danny
Sunday 30 July 2017 - Newcastle Flyer
One of our best rides today, ably led by Glenn, who went to special lengths to make it interesting. Conditions were excellent: sunny, warm, cloudy and a lovely 15 knot NNW breeze for extra oxygen, ie in our faces all day. Nineteen riders came, plus we picked up Marshall at Caves Beach.
We only got to Budgewoi when our only mechanical happened - Andrew's back tyre blew out with a bang, rolling the tyre off the rim. This is caused by the bike shop not fitting the tyre properly, so that a bit of the tube is poking out from under the bead of the tyre. Eventualy the air pressure leaks to the outside and it goes off with a bang, which we can confirm it did. So, not a puncture, but faulty procedure by the mechanic, in this case.
Then up Lizzie Bay Road to the highway, then up the Pacific Hwy to the footbridge near Murrays Beach. There we dismounted and walked up the bush track to the bridge, then rode over it and got on a road down to Caves Beach. Plenty of hills, mostly downward, which I really enjoyed. Top speed recorded by Strava for me - 57kmh. Felt faster! Lovely scenery through this area, see photos, then eventually we made it down to Caves Beach, where we had some m/t.
Then pushing on northwards into the wind to Belmont and up the Fernleigh Track to Adamstown, where we headed straight for the Broadmeadow railway station just in time to catch a train home, after 45 minutes wait. A few of us bailed out of the train at Wyee, which left a short ride (10km) home. A top ride Glenn, thanks to you and everyone else for coming. Long ride but a good one.
Photos are here.
Danny.
Sunday 23 July 2017 - Cooranbong Caper
I forgot to ask how many riders turned up today, but I can remember at least twenty, so more than that. Not as cold as some recent mornings but still coolish. Sunny and a NW breeze of 20 knots if you can believe Seabreeze.com. Didn't seem that strong.
I rode from home and got there at 9.15, but a few train travellers were much later. Steve headed up this outfit, and his lovely offsider Sue did the tail gunner. And the rest of us stayed strictly in between, except on Stingaree Point Road. First of all we went down to see the macropods at the Morisset hospital, taking a counter-clockwise route down Fishery Point Road to start, then back up Acacia Drive. Lots of tourists getting their fill of cuddly Autralian critters along that road. Then back to Morisset before riding to Cooranbong, only losing a couple of us at Martinsville Road. Need to institute the corner-posts like Toukley does. All out to Monkey Farm, or most of us anyway, before racing back with the tailwind to the Cooranbong CBD. I raced a girl on a nice piebald horse for kilometres along there, before it gave up. Like being in a cowboy film!
At the café we sat and watched the passing parade of motorbikes and a nice Chevvie, I think it was, and sipped our coffees. Then back on the iron steeds, except mine is carbon fibre, and along Freemans Drive to Newport Road, where we crossed a creek, which Ian said was not Dora Creek, and I said it could be, but he was right. It was Jigalee Creek. Into Dora Creek CBD and left onto Wangi Road and over the big bridge. Safely over, with many cars banked up, we then took a spin down to Stingaree Point, as far as we could, looking for stingarees.
By then it was nearly all over with just a short trip back to Morisset and the trip home, some by train, and some by car, and John L'Est by bike along Wyee Road - well done John. A lovely Sunday ride, a classic ride which we have done many times, but there were quite a few riders who had never done this ride.
Danny
Sunday 16 July 2017 - Tuggerah Lake Circuit
A beautiful chilly winter's morning. Like a lot of people who live near Tuggerah Lake, I rode from home, then rode straight home after m/t. Except Margaret Lats who drove to the start even though she only lives 5km down the river. Twenty-five riders - a super group on the road!
The best way to Chittaway now, with the new bridge at Tuggerah, is along Lake Road/Church Road, so our leader, John L'Est, led us along that quiet and scenic root, before we hit the lake and followed the path all the way to The Entrance (T/E). But not before a lovely visit to Blue Bell Park, to examine the plumbing. There were so many of us I didn't even see Ian S till we got to T/E. I was barely on time at Wyong, so didn't have time to check everyone out.
Morning tea happened at T/E CBD, but for a change most people found somewhere different to go than DCE. Hope the abbreviations aren't OTT. Afterwards we rode up WBD (sorry) to the cemetery, where we finally split asunder, with the Daleys heading straight home, and Pauly heading for Newcastle. I jumped ship at the Gorokan Fish co-op, and Viv went home somehow. A lovely ride, thank you John, and Glenn for following us up. 48.5km for me, so well done everyone - you're champions.
Danny
Sunday 9 July 2017 - Brisbane Water Circuit
Nice ride around Brissie Water, but no report.
Sunday 2 July 2017 - Long Jetty for a Barbecue
Fourteen riders met at Wyong in sunny but cool conditions for the Long Jetty BBQ ride. We headed out on River road and then up Jensen, before taking a slightly different route through Kanwal and onto our first stop at Gorokan. After picking up a few extra riders we headed to Canton beach before taking the bike path to Wilfred Barrett Drive. Good conditions saw us arrive just after 11am to the picnic tables at Long Jetty, where Sue and Steve Hunt, Sue Harrison and President Paul had set up a cooked a great BBQ. We spent a very pleasant hour or so in the sun before a much smaller group headed off on the final leg back to Wyong, others opting to leave for home from there. We arrived without incident, a nice ride of about 43kms. Thanks to Carol for sweeping, and a special thanks to the guys who gave up their Sunday ride to set up and supply lunch, as well as clean up at the end. It was much appreciated by all the riding group!
Glenn.

Extra report from Danny's viewpoint: I left from home a bit late, so I rode down Stanley Street from Kanwal to Tuggerawong Road, to meet the oncoming riders, as I knew the club would be coming that way. I didn't think they would vary the ride as they're not that familiar with the area. I followed the "river" road to Tacoma and waited there for ten minutes. With the club's non-arrival I continued towards Wyong but in vain. So I turned back and headed towards the Gorokan Fish Co-op. On my arrival there I found the CCTCC intact. As Glenn says in his report they did vary the ride route considerably, via Pollock and Jensen. I also used Jensen on the way back, but about 10 minutes behind the péleton.They went up Stanley Street in the uphill direction, so I would have been well-advised to wait there for them instead of traipsing off all over the countryside. Down at The Entrance, the lead riders were unfamiliar with the re-group point and stopped on the start of the bridge, instead of the bus-stop in Roberts Street. This meant they were mostly on the footpath, to avoid the traffic, and followed the path on the bridge, while I rode on the road, making our usual right turn at the roundabout. Meanwhile Glenn led the group down the path off the bridge before the end, so disappeared from everyone's sight. At the next turn towards Picnic Point I stopped to check that everyone was following me, but no, no-one in sight! I headed back to the roundabout just in time to see Pam ride through the roundabout towards the bridge and up Wilfred Barrett Drive. Richard had been looking for Pam all the way along, but she was late, by a few seconds as it turned out. I managed to catch up with her halfway over the bridge, thus saving her from a fruitless search for all her mates, and husband. We soon caught up with a small contingent fixing Steve Rigney's flat tyre, then the rest of them at the BBQ. After lunch I rode back to Norah Head to have another lunch with my step-son and his daughter, then home after that. My total distance was 62km. A good ride for me with plenty of adventure and happily all issues resolved nicely. Cheers
Danny
Sunday 25 June 2017 - Four Lakes and a Train
A beautiful winter's morning, sunny, cold, a slight WSW breeze of 5 knots, so nothing. Twenty riders logged on to the ride, some a bit later, some leaving a bit early, and poor old Josie never made it to the start. She left her bike unattended on the train and somebody pinched something out of her bag, so she chased them onto the platform, maybe Wyee, and the train took off without her. So we left her bike at the police station for her to pick up later, but we never caught up with her. What a bugger! Here's a photo of us at Lakeview Park, Buff Point:
We finally set off down to Wyee Road towards Ruttleys Road, then along that much-improved-but-still-dodgy road to the Pacific Highway, where we managed to get across what is probably the most dangerous part of the whole ride without incident. Down to The Doylo then San Remo and along the beautiful bike path to Budgewoi.
With 19 of us it was difficult getting a seat at the café, but I think we managed it. Took a while but, to get all our orders. We were just starting off again when Margaret came down with a flat tyre, so Paulie fixed it for her while she watched carefully, so she can do it herself next time. Here's another photo:
A few people hived off here for a quick trip home, as they had ridden to Morisset from home and reckoned they had done enough. Some more left up at Norah Head cemetery, like Virgina and Linda, for the very same reasons.
Down Wilfred Barrett, around the lake (I'm getting tired just writing about it) and onwards through Chittaway to Tuggerah and Wyong for the final leg of our journey. For those finishing at Wyong the ride was 62.5km. For everybody else if was a bit or a lot shorter. Graeme and Merrilyn started at Morisset and caught the train back afterwards, for probably 70km.
An excellent ride in perfect conditions, plenty of hills and a good tough ride. Well done everyone.
Danny
Briefing

Sunday 18 June 2017 - Wyong to The Entrance 4 1st aid
About 18 riders turned up at Wyong rail for a relaxing trip round to T/E for coffee and a First Aid demo on the way back. Sue took the front spot and her faithful husband Steve looked after the rear. We had a new guy, Godfrey, and Lindsay came again, welcome! Linda and Diane from Toukley and Buff Point respectively rode from home, and Margaret drove the 500 metres from home at South Tacoma.
Pleasant conditions, cloudy/sunny, cool, and maybe some breeze (Seabreeze says 10-15 knots SW at 9.00am rising quickly to 20 knots. Off we went down the Tuggerah Straight bike path to the new bridge, over the bridge to Bunnings, then across busy Wyong Road to the west side. I did insist that the tunnel under the main road was open but was over-ruled by the lady-in-charge. We did use said tunnel on the way back for a car-free crossing under the new bridge. Nothing like local knowledge.
The sky became darker as we reached Blue Bell Park, and soon a rainy substance fell on us as we followed the lake around to T/E. By that time it was raining quite heavily, so DCE was looking a bit impossible, with all the outdoor seating taken up. However, there is a perfectly good café a few doors up, where we gathered for a nice hot cuppa and some banana bread toast. They were surprised at the sudden influx of paying customers, and we were happy with the abundance of indoor seating.
It kept raining the whole time we were having coffee, but our bikes were in the dry under some umbrellas in front of the hotel. Once we got going back, the rain disappeared and it was sunny again. For a while. It then started coming down again and still hasn't stopped. The plan was to go to John Edwards' for the First Aid demo, but Linda and Di set off up Wilfred Barrett Drive in the driving rain for home. A larger group continued to John's, including Richard and Pam. Richard has a new bike, which he has never had (a new bike) before. A lovely sleek flat -bar creation with disc brakes, well picked Richard!
The remainder headed straight back to Wyong in the pouring rain, following the bike path along the west side of Wyong Road to the very end, under the road and popping out in the Bunnings pick-up area. We rode through the carpark to Bryant Avenue and down to Bunnings on the correct side of the road, to a refuge crossing and onto the new bridge path with no problems at all, so that's the way I'll be suggesting in the future.
It kept raining even as we loaded our bikes into our cars and got aboard in our soaking wet clothes. It was so nice to get home, turn the heater on and have a hot shower. Thanks to Sue and Steve for taking us out. Despite the bad weather, we enjoyed the ride - it beats staying home and wondering what the rest of the world is doing. Cheers
Danny
Sunday 4 June 2017 - Wyong/Hidden Valley
A beautiful winter's day at Wyong, about 15°C, with a SW breeze of 10-15 knots. Twenty-four members and visitors arrived at Rotary Park for the trip down to Ourimbah. Paulie was late, so Michelle led us out, and Diane looked after the rear section. Visitors included Kerry from Toukley club, who rode from home (Toowoon Bay) and rode back home via Toukley, some phenomenal distance, and Diane also rode from home (Buff Point) totalling 95km. Well done you guys!
So, down Tuggerah Straight to Kangy Angy, over the hill and on to Palmdale Road and along Footts Road to Ourimbah Creek Road (OCR), all into a stiffish headwind, then out to the end of OCR for a rest. It's a bumpy old road, but not much traffic, and of course it's all downhill and tailwind going back to the highway, so we soon found ourselves at the nursery café. Somebody did have a flat on the leg back, but sent us on and re-joined us at m/t.
From there a quick flash down Enterprise Drive to Chittaway, where we said goodbye to home-riders Richard and Pam, and Josie. Thanks everyone for coming, making it a record attendance. My distance for the net ride was 44.5km. Cheers!
Danny
At the top of the Ourimbah Creek Road, Palm Grove
Sunday 28 May 2017 - Wyong/Peats Ridge
Eleven riders materialised at Wyong Rotary Park for the ride to The Corrugated Café (TCC) at Peats Ridge, including visitor Rolf, who rode from home (Buff Point) to total 97km. Next Tuesday Rolf will paddle his kayak 42km from Buff Point to Sunshine Park, Chittaway Point return, Paulie led the ride today, and Glenn looked after the back end. Weather was perfect, 16-22°C, a 10 knot NW breeze, sunny and clear.
A nice run down to Tuggerah, then over Kangy Angy and along the hwy to Ourimbah, where we found Michelle, who has 4 sons, waiting for us. After a loo break we headed back to the M1 motorway and joined the south-bound traffic, soon coming to a very long uphill section, totalling 7km of hill, including Peats Ridge Road, not that steep, but relentless, with my Strava showing 700 odd metres of elevation.
We eventually got to TCC where we enjoyed a well-earned break and top-up. Lots of motorbikes here, all noisy, and very few fit-looking riders. Then the ride back, starting with a 2 kilometre long downhill - bliss! With only a relatively short ride uphill this time, we kept zipping along to Wisemans Ferry Road then down the notorious Dog Trap Road. All safely down the treacherous hill we finally popped out on the Pacific Hwy again, and made a beeline to the Shell Servo for a loo break.The aforementioned Michelle headed back home at this stage.
Then a quick spin along Enterprise Drive to Wyong Road, then through the new infrastructure at Tuggerah, with a tunnel and a new path over the bridge. Back along Tuggerah Straight, feeling quite chuffed at our achievement and thankful to return to the starting place. Rolf rode home from there, while the rest of us pikers only did 62. Well done Rolf. Josie, who rode very well today, went home at Chittaway. A good achievement today for everyone, with such a challenging ride. Thanks to Paul and Glenn for their management skills. Thanks everyone else for just coming, well done!
Danny
Sunday 21 May 2017 - Wyong/Soldiers Beach loop
Another superb autumn morning, 21°C, no detectable breeze, except when we got into Soldiers Beach carpark, sunny - perfect! Sixteen capable riders, with Michelle as leader, and Glenn looking after the other end.
No surprises with the route, just along the river road to Gorokan, and under the bridge to a welcome pitstop at the fish co-op. At Marks Road, on the way, we found that John Les had hived off and couldn't be found. Apparently, Marshall stopped the corner of MyRNA Road, where his Mum used to live, to check his lunch money, and John took it as corner indicator and swept into the detour, and up Stanley Street, and couldn't be caught. We waited for a while, and Michelle rode back looking for him, but John was long gone by then, having popped out at Kanwal shops, which is where Stanley st goes, and made his way along Wallarah Road to the fish co-op, where he found working on Martin's wretched bike.
Marty was standing at toilets chatting, when I had happy/sad duty to tell his back tyre was flat. I demonstrated, as Martin had very little experience with puncture repair, how I do it, despite interruptions from well-meaning, but ultimately unhelpful, bystanders. We finished the job, but somebody decided to let the air out again, there delaying Marty and his little band of helpers by a good hour or so (don't ask), causing them to miss the ride to anywhere east of Canton Beach, where they decided to have their own coffee stop.
However we all got together again for the trip back, losing home-goers Josie, Diane, Linda and Danny on the way back by the same route to Wyong.
A very pleasant ride of 42km, plus extra for the early-starters. Thanks to Michelle, Glenn, and everybody else for making it happen.
Danny
Sunday 14 May 2017 - Wyong/Budgewoi return
A cloudy start to the day with spitting rain at 8.00 o'clock kept our numbers down but in fact it never rained so the 15 riders had a cool but cloudy ride, getting slightly warm at times. Andrew was our leader today, and Paul looked after the backmarkers.
Other members present were Narelle (Michelle's mum), two Michelles (both young), Simon, John L, John and Annie D, John E, me (Danny), Doug, Linda, Martin and Carol. Good support from the Toukley mob. Doug had to go home on the outward leg but was replaced by Linda at the Gorokan Fish Co-op.
Andrew took us at a comfortable pace, but not too slow, down to Tacoma where I took a toilet stop, while the others kept going towards Rocky Point until John E mentioned that I had hived off. Then on to the Wallarah Bay Club carpark and under the Toukley Bridge to the co-op. More toilet activity then on to The Corso towards Charmhaven and the Wallarah Creek bridge. Andrew allowed plenty of catch-up stops though everybody kept up pretty well.
Along the bike path through San Remo and Buff Point, around the top of Budgewoi Lake till we came to Budgewoi. Then along the bike path on the western side and crossing over near the Lakes Beach café. As we arrived a crowd of people got up and left our big table, they said they were waiting for us. Don't know whether that was true or not.
A few more people went home at Norah Head, viz the Dailies and Simon, who must have put in a big effort of about 70km. I did 52 which was unexpected as the program said 40, which I throught strange as next week's similar ride was also 40 but doesn't go around the lake.
Anyway, a very pleasant ride, thanks to Andrew and Paul for looking after us and to everyone else for bothering to turn up. Well done!
Danny
Sunday 30 April 2017 - Bobbin Head
Twenty riders fronted today in beautiful weather for what turned out to be a short ride from Berowra station, down Kuring-gai park to Bobbin Head, and up to Turramurra North for coffee. Then through the back streets to Hornsby where we caught the train home.
I have never seen Bobbin Head Road (BHR) but always feared it from stories about how long and steep it is. Pshaww! Three and a half k's of gentle uphill winding road - not easy but not very hard either.
Paulie led the ride for us while Michelle swept up the back, thanks guys! Very scenic area so we had a little poke around the waterfront which brought our distance up to 31 kms. Some riders started at Brooklyn to add extra length - good idea!
No punctures, but worse - Heiko came unstuck on a rough bit of roadworks near Hornsby and fell heavily (for Heiko), and stayed on the roadway till an ambulance came and got him. Fully conscious and moving, but not vertical. Bad luck Heiko! Otherwise incident-free and a lovely ride, thanks to everyone for coming.
Danny
Sunday 16 April 2017 - Yarramalong
Perfect weather for cycling, with 19 riders fronting for the short but perfectly formed ride out along the Wyong River Valley to the little village of Yarramalong. Danny was up the front, while Glenn looked after those further back. Thanks, Glenn!
There's only one turn in the whole 19km out to Yarramalong, from River Road into Alison Road, in Wyong, then straight for 19km. Well, not straight, but no corners. Heikko had his weird circus bike, with no seat, perched up high standing up the whole way, high handlebars, highly placed chainwheel with connecting rods from the crank, footboards instead of pedals, shoulda got a photo! This placed him at a disadvantage, but only when riding, so he struggled. I did too, for some reason, couldn't get any steam up today. Must be the extra gravity on guys my age. Didn't affect Paul Ardle or anyone else older than me, just that niche age of 73.4.
So most of the group rode ahead of me, good on 'em. When we got to Yarramalong café we found that all the forecourt and petrol bowsers were dug up and fenced off, so all the motorbikes which came there couldn't get any juice. Tough! But at least they had food and coffee. The staff were a bit overwhelmed at the numbers of cyclists, bikies, hikers and car types who all lobbed at the same time. By the time I got my coffee, the first responders were ready to get going, so I had to stow the rest of my caffè in my spare drink holder. Made a bit of a mess, but at least I got to drink most of it.
I did better on the way back, mainly because it's more downhill (that's why the creek flows that way). It's such a dangerous road that one, but you just have to have trust in the other road users, and they were exemplary, thanks all you motorised people!
Anyway, a very pleasant ride, short and sweet, thanks for coming. Mr and Mrs Daley rode from home in Upper Kumbuktah West, so did 75km for the morning, well done J & A!
Danny
Sunday 19 March 2017 - Tuggerah Lake Ride
Dodgy weather all morning. Some people left home in the dry, then got rained on, including me. At Wyong Rotary Park it was looking very poor, but ten more members turned up anyway, a few had ridden from home.
So, on with our jackets, with talk of a short ride, expecting to get drowned, but, as per usual, it never rained again, and the sun came out for a while. The temperature was over 24°C so no-one was cold, but warm in our jackets. We finished up riding via Chittaway to The Entrance, had coffee at DCE, then rode home. It always looked like it would rain on the way home, but didn't.
Ian joined us for coffee, making 12 members, including Danny, Paul, Steve and Sue, Roy C, John LeS, Michelle, Annie, Carol, Glenn and Viv. We lost Sue on the way back, when she failed to see we had gone up Aston Wilde Avenue, and went up the wetlands bikepath. She realised her mistake after a few minutes, and came back to Lakeview Av, then on to the arse end of Chittaway Drive, so it took a while to find her.
Well done CCTCC members, you are legends! I wonder if I will ever lead a full ride again. We did only 34km, instead of the planned 55km.
Danny
Crackneck Cooee Sunday 12 March 2017.
Thirteen of us met at Wyong on a perfect sunny autumn day. Steve was the leader for the day, and Sue was the sweep. We were joined en route by John E and Richard to make our numbers 15.
Steve set a good pace and we cycled alongside the sparkling waters of Tuggerah Lake and The Entrance beach. Five of us decided not to ascend to Crackneck Lookout, and those who did powered up to the top and lingered to enjoy the great view. Actually the lingering was partly to get our breath back.
We all joined up again at the park for our take-away coffees and food. Simon and Josie left before coffee and Richard and Doug after coffee. We proceeded along the neat streets of Bateau Bay, past the formidable road works by the Mingara and returned to Wyong via the Chittaway wetlands and Gavenlock Road.
The weather was perfect, the traffic was (mostly) well-behaved, and there were no punctures despite some encounters with broken glass. An incident-free and relaxing ride.
Cheers, Steve and Sue
Friday 3 March to Sunday 5 March 2017 - Weekend down south
In spite of the forecast tipping severe weather warnings and flash flooding for the South Coast, 22 club members turned up raring to go for the Jervis Bay Jaunt. We set off from Bomaderry on time and had covered approx 1km before the heavens opened and drenched us all. However, conditions did improve and we had a nice ride out to the small village of Myola, with only one puncture causing a slight delay. Rowena was there to meet us with her vintage coffee van, Arnold, and provided some much needed sustenance before we crossed the creek with Captain Dave in the Husky Ferry to our overnight accommodation.
Day two's forecast wasn't any better but we headed off as planned for a loop ride to St Georges Basin. This featured a lovely ride on the bike path alongside the bay past Vincentia and on to Greenfields Beach. Again we had heavy rain but fortunately we were able to find shelter and wait out the worst of it whilst trading a few stories and a couple of history lessons with a captive audience. We split into two groups to continue the ride with Paul leading the more adventurous to Hyams Beach via a bush track, a flight of stairs and across the beach.
This also featured a creek crossing as the rain-swollen lagoon had opened to the sea! After a big climb from Hyams they reunited with the rest of us who had taken a more conservative route back through Vincentia and up the bike path to the prearranged meeting point. Both groups were happy with their choice and were able to talk up the difficulty of their chosen route, but Paul's group had redder faces when they arrived! As one group again we headed on to our coffee stop at Double Island Point (St Georges Basin) which proved to be an excellent choice. The ride back to Huskisson was undulating but uneventful via mostly quiet roads. Another good day although again we had a couple of flats, an unwelcome side effect of cycling in the rain.
Day three's focus was getting back to Bomaderry in time for a train home as they only run every 2 hours. True to form we had more rain as we made our way out to the Princes Hwy. After a safe crossing we rode along a section of the old Princes Hwy before taking a short bushwalk across to the bridge on the new Princes Hwy. From there we headed up into the hills behind Nowra Airport before making our way back to Nowra and onto our starting point at Bomaderry station. Again we suffered several punctures which threatened our arrival in time for the train but thanks to everyone pitching in we made it OK.
Thanks to everyone for making the weekend a great success in spite of the weather which is about the only thing we have no control over. There was fantastic support and camaraderie amongst the group with everyone pitching in and helping, from things like cooking the BBQ to repairing flats. I am sure we will look at putting the ride on again in the future and hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder to us next time.
Glenn
Paul's photos are here.
Sunday 5 March 2017 - Home ride
While most of the club was away riding the south coast, a motley crew remained to be entertained at home, so I led a little ride, under dark skies. Ten starters came to the Wyong venue, and we all agreed to my plan, good, of riding over Kangy Angy to Ourimbah, down Enterprise Drive, and back again. I got off to a bad start, having lost the toilet key given to me by the Toukley club, forgetting to print a ride sheet this morning, and leaving my phone at home, so no Strava report.
Making up the team were Heikko, John L'Es, Carol, Michelle Sullivan, Doug, Rolf, Roy C, me (Danny), Richard and Viv. Richard had only just arrived from home when we were about to set off, so he rested, promising to reconnoître at a later stage, while the rest of us pushed off down Tuggerah Straight. While the sky was dark and threatening, it didn't rain, except for a few spots when I was deciding whether to extend the ride.
We set a good pace down Enterprise Drive, sitting on 30 all the way. I decided to ride around Reliance Drive, to add another 300 metres to the ride, making sure that we didn't leave the main road (Wyong) unattended in case Richard came looking for us. He did, and we hooked up to finish the ride. I had an idea that a quick 10km down to Tacoma South would add some distance, but said rain drops sorted that out. With nowhere else to go for coffee, we decided on the railway station café, with the ten of us squeezing in on the footpath tables for a very pleasant chat. With only 21km under our belt, we filled in the extra time with discussions. Very enjoyable ride, if a bit short, but at least we were out there in the fresh air.
Thanks for coming you guys. At least we got you puffing up Kangy hill.
Danny
Sunday 26 February 2017 - Lakes Beach via Budgewoi
A fantastic ride today - sixteen members fronted for a ride from Wyong to the Gorokan Fish Co-op, around Budgewoi Lake, coffee at Lakes Beach café, then back to Wyong. Andrew led the ride, on his beautiful red and black Giant Comax1, oh! same as mine! and swept up by Annie Sv on her beautiful custom-made velocipede.
Good to see a few different faces there today, I'm getting sick of the old ones, like Andrew himself, who's been away cruising the high seas and Europe, or America. Narelle was there organising our tables at Lakes, with Ian and Steve, who wasn't well. Pedro and Lyn McK turned up at the Fish Co-op, for a shorter ride.
It had been raining heavily all morning, up till six, then cleared to a cloudy and dark sky. The air was warm, so a few of us didn't even bother to bring a jacket. The rain didn't look like falling till we got to Buff Point, and we could see the front coming across the lake, but there wasn't anything we could do about it, just cop it in the face and keep riding. Which we did, and by the time we finished our m/t we were nearly dry again. The wonders of physics!
No punctures, no prangs, minimal misbehaviour and we all had a good time. Thanks to everyone for coming today and being part of it, and special thanks to Andrew and Annie for keeping us safe. I completed 52km, via home, similar to everyone I think. Cheers
Danny
Sunday 19 February 2017 -
Ten riders only for today's ride, Brisbane Water Circuit. The weather forecast may have kept some away, perhaps their instincts were correct! With Glenn leading and Doug on sweeping duties we followed the bike path to Woy Woy and then onto Orange Grove road where we stopped to have a look at the Captain Arthur Phillip marker. We proceeded over the Rip Bridge, along Empire Bay drive, through Kincumber and onto our coffee stop at Davistown. Fuelled up and with the sky getter greyer all the time, we rode through to Saratoga before the heavens opened. Pouring rain and water on the road, a puncture and a bit of a fall made for quite a challenging ride home but we made it almost unscathed.
Thanks everyone for helping out in trying conditions in the last part of the ride.
Glenn
Sunday 12 February 2017 - Hidden Valley
A very warm day was promised, but it only got to 32°C, maybe more up the valley. Only about 8 or 9 riders fronted, including Shane's bro Steve. Boston Bill came - it was good to see him after all these months away. He told a story of how his wife Kerri swam over to him in a waterway, only to find out that it wasn't his waterproof camera she was toting, so now he's on a promise of a new one. Roy was leading and Paul M did the sweep. Josie was there at the start, but she decided she had done her ride and went straight back home.
Over the river bridge and around to Gavenlock Road by way of a detour. At the lights at the highway, we pressed the button for the first crossing, to the main one, but Roy just rode across the hwy while the rest of us couldn't see a green man so we stayed put. Just as well, as the traffic moved off before Roy got across. He wondered why we were all still waiting at the traffic island.
Over Kangy Angy, with just a short stop at the top, then down the hill towards Palmdale, always a lovely feeling. (Not the crematorium!) At Burns Road we stopped at the servo, which wasn't selling petrol, only chips and Coke. Down to Ourimbah Creek Road and up towards Hidden Valley. About halfway up, Danny (me) just stopped in the shade and said, I'll wait for you here. I had already ridden down to South Tacoma and back before the ride and couldn't face the rest of the road. After a few minutes a lady drove past, then stopped and backed up to see if I was alright, I must have looked so bereft. I decided to ride down to the café and wait for them there. After a delicious iced coffee I got sick of waiting and headed out the gate, only to see the péloton arrive, but I couldn't go back, so I hope everybody had a good ride. I was so glad to get back to the car then home! Anyway, good work all those boys, well done finishing the whole ride.
Danny
Sunday 5 February 2017 - Umina Beach ride
Thirteen hardy souls turned up for today's ride to Umina, the numbers perhaps reduced a little due to the 36°C forecast. Glenn was the leader today although Michelle led the troop to Woy Woy as part of her leader training, Bill was again the sweep. Bike path to Woy Woy was not too busy, the heat keeping the traffic away. We then followed Railway St to Murrays lookout, before taking a beeline through the back streets of Umina to the surf club, where we were met by Ian.
In spite of the surf carnival in progress at the club we were served relatively quickly, before getting back on the bikes and continuing around through Booker Bay and back to Woy Woy. After quite a few drink stops to keep hydrated we made it back to Gosford, red faces all round! It turned out to be not 36° after all, in fact it was much hotter than that!
Thanks to everyone for maintaining their sense of humour and riding professionally, in spite of the trying conditions.
Glenn.
Sorry I couldn't join you today - looked too hot, so I rode (at 7.30am) around Budgewoi Lake in 57 minutes. Danny
Sunday 29 January 2017 - Pearl Beach Swim
Well, I wasn't there, but I have heard from Lyn who went. Conditions were very nice, like 28°C, a 10 knot southerly breeze to cool us down, sometimes cloudy.
Looking at Lyn's Strava map I see she didn't ride over the mountain, just went via the rocky shore both ways. Why not! Unless I get a better report from Paul that's it.
However, I did my own ride, starting at 8.45am from Lake Haven. Down to the river road, where I was caught up to by Tony Kelly, from the Toukley club, down South Tacoma Road for extra distance, where I found Margaret Latham, who lives there, back to Gavenlock Road, Lake Rd/Church Road, and the path to Long Jetty, where I found Narelle, who was on her first ride since her dreadful accident, but had only gone 200 metres. I encouraged her to push on, and off she went, brave little soul! Up WBD and home for a total of 62km. So I didn't see the CCTCC club, but I met several friends and had a chat. Cheers
Danny
Sunday 22 January 2017 - Wyong/The Entrance plus Bike Maintenance Talk
A perfect day for being out in the outdoors, riding with your mates. Twenty riders fronted at Wyong, led by Sue Hunt and backed up by her husband, Steve.
First detour was via Gavenlock Road, to avoid some glass on the bike-path. Heading towards The Entrance (T/E), we rode through the tunnel under the new Wyong Road overpass and down towards Chittaway. Under another Wyong Road bridge to the Chittaway shops and through the internationally-recognised Chittaway Wetlands to the famous bike-path. Pedal, pedal, ring, ring, and next thing we're at T/E enjoying coffee and trying to get out of the sun.
I made a mistake at this point and went home up WBD, when I should have stayed with the péloton and gone back to John E's place for an interesting and useful talk by our mate Alan on the mechanics of bicycles. Marshall tells me it went very well.
The official ride finished then, but I'm sure a good contingent rode back to Wyong to retrieve their cars. Thanks everyone for coming.
Danny
Sunday 15 January 2017 - Wyong to Norah Head

A beautiful day for cycling this morning - 25°C, 8 knot easterly breeze (off the ocean), cloudy... Twenty-two riders made it to Wyong for the start, but Richard went straight back home and met us again at Norah Head. Quite a big group and very well-behaved, with Paul M as leader, and Paul Ardle as tail captain.
As I am now in possession of the toilet key, we made that establishment our first port-of-call. I have to go back and lock it later today. They keep it locked as homeless people use it as a shelter. Poor bastards!
We headed off down the river road towards Wyongah in superb conditions, feeling glad to be able to do this lovely activity. You appreciate these things when you think of how easily you can be waylaid with poor health or accident. Anyway we cruised down to the Bottle-oh at Wyongah, then on towards Gorokan. Alan and I took the Craigie Park detour, 'cause it's fun, and we all continued to the lights at the Gorokan shops, which refused to change for just bikes, so I pushed the pedestrian button,and the lights changed for me and not the traffic waiting at the lights! We finally made it to the Fish Co-op for a re-fresh, then continued over the bridge and on towards the Beachcomber where we took our lives in our hands making a rightie through the traffic. Eventually we made it all the way to Soldiers Beach where we admired the view, then retraced our wheel-marks to the Bombora Café for our coffee. Ian and Richard joined us for this very pleasant activity.
Then back again to the cemetery (didn't stay long) and down to Canton Beach, full of happy holiday-makers all greeting us and smiling - wish it was always like this! Another pit-stop at Gorokan fishie, then back to Wyong, without any drama I hope, as Doug and I went straight home from there.
When I left home today, I set my Strava to record my ride, even making a detour up to Tuggerah for some extra k's, and being careful not to ride over the same roads we used on the ride. Only trouble was I messed it up and didn't record anything. Bugger! But I would have done about 43km and the others about 37. A lovely ride, thanks everyone for coming. We are so lucky to have such a vibrant club, full of nice people, and we have only ourselves to blame.
Danny
Monday 2 January 2017
Couldn't ride on New Year's Day, so we rode today, and eight riders presented at Wyong for a ride to The Entrance for coffee. Annie led the ride and someone looked after the back (can't remember who).
A 20 knot southerly kept us refreshed on the way to Killarney Vale, then it became a tail-wind, and the opposite on the way back - very nice! Also riding was Michael, Michelle, Narelle her mum, Roy C, Alan and Paula. Joining us at Chittaway was Lyn, and at The Entrance Marshall, whose train didn't arrive at Tuggerah till later, so 10 all up. Annie took us over the Tuggerah railway station for a cruise along Lake Road and Church Road. Outpatient Narelle joined us for coffee at DCE. I haven't seen her since her accident, so heard all about it. Awful, and, nearly as bad, it could happen to anyone (coming down Crackneck and hit a pot-hole and face-plant the road, at speed). Luckily nothing broken but some very nasty facial scars. Hang in there Naz!
We got everyone on one table for coffee, so very sociable and nice. Eventually we headed back with no mishaps. Annie let us go fast back up the Tuggerah Straight, with Alan leading the way and me way back. I eventually caught him near the end, even if he was on his MTB. Thanks everyone for coming to our first ride of many this year.
Danny
Sunday 18 December 2016 - Brisbane Water Loop
About 20°C with a fresh SSE breeze of 20 knots. Cloudy with rain floating around, but still 16 riders joined the ride at one point or another. Michelle rocked up with her bike in the back of the car, like I did last week, so we got her sorted by our expert team. We only got halfway across the grass to the path when Michael screamed out that he had a flat too, but it didn't take long to fix. That was the last flat of the day, thanks god! Glenn led the ride and Annie S cleaned up the back.
We did cop a small amount of rain but otherwise it was nice. Glenn took us past the paint spill on the bikepath - what a mess! Must have been a deliberate attack on cyclists, worked well! Down through Woy Woy and on to Blackwall, where Paul pointed out where the Japanese came ashore and were beaten back with pitchforks. Last week, I think. At the same time, Glenn showed us Spike Milligan's Mum's place, in the biggest above-ground cemetery in Australia.
The ride gets much more interesting after you cross the Rip Bridge and start taking little paths away from the main road - steep little hills and dirt tracks, which suited our Boy MTB specialist, Alan. Eventually we got to Davistown where we lobbed at our usual café for a fabulous feed of apple crumble, and very nice coffee.
A very enjoyable ride, thanks everyone for coming.
Danny
Sunday 11 December 2016 - Hidden Valley
Sixteen riders reported today, for the ride of the week. Unfortunately Danny (me) came out at home to a flat tyre. After several attempts to fix it, I eventually bundled the bike into the Pajero and drove to the start venue, as I ran out of time. The helpful crew insisted I perservere and Michael gave me a new tube, as I had already destroyed 3 others this morning. On our way finally, and I didn't even get to the Johnson Road lights before the tube blew through the spoke hole again. Annie kindly offered to lead the ride for the rest of it, while I went back to the car, and drove to Cycology to wait for them to open. Matthew also had a slow leak, but just pumped it up and headed for home. I had to leave the wheel with the shop and that was the end of my ride - all 300 metres of it. I then went home to sulk.
I hope it all worked out for the other riders and you had a nice day. Thanks Annie for taking over, and thanks Doug for looking after the tail end.
Danny
Sunday 4 December 2016 - Ettalong Markets
With Narelle still out of action, Paul led the ride today, with 14 participants. First he took us on a tricky path to avoid the works on the bike path near the swimming pool. This was because of the new inflatable fun park. Next he took us onto the path near the new Bunnings, right through a big spill of paint, camouflaged with sand, so everybody got white paint on their bikes (mine's still there).
At Woy Woy, Paul took us past the railway station and through the tunnel under the line at the gates. Towards Kariong, then turning under the underpass watching out for other vehicles. Safely through, we kept on till we reached the ocean, then backtracked towards Ettalong to the markets where we found Ian and had morning tea.
Back then the way we usually come, to Woy Woy and Gosford, completing a very pleasant ride in perfect conditions. The only cock-up was Danny left his new racing suit at home and had to ride in his fatigues. What a loser! Anyway, thanks for coming and thanks to Paul for an interesting ride.
Danny
Sunday 6 November 2016 - All The Rivers Run
With a strong westerly wind (see Seabreeze® graph below) and a temperature of up to 25°C, 23 riders amassed at Wyong for an old favorite ride up to the end of all the creek and rivers on the west side of Tuggerah Lake. Narelle led the ride and Sue swept up the back end.
A surprise barbecue lunch was on offer, along with our AGM, so it wasn't going to be a long ride, just a slow one, as we didn't want to be early for lunch. Down Tacoma Road for 5km to the bitter end, including about 500m of casuarina track, after squeezing under the bar. Not everybody went to the end, which is a shame, as it's worth the effort - in the bush and the middle of the lake. Back out to where we started again, and along the Tuggerah Straight bike path and along Wyong Road to the Ourimbah Creek for our second and final river run, but not before a detour to the toilets at Chittaway.
Over the river bridge and down towards the lake, another chance to go bush and visit wild country, but most people preferred to stand at the end of the roadway and chat. Where's your adventure, guys? Back up Geoffrey Road but only as far as the Sunshine Park Hall, where Glenn and his little helpers had lunch cooking and drinks and dessert waiting.
The AGM was a tame affair, with everything that was proposed being seconded and approved, no points of contention or discussion. Nice and smooth! All the committee was re-elected so congratulations to our president, secretary and treasurer, vice-presi and publicity guy (me), and our two committee people, Josie and Glenn. Easy!
Thanks to our committee and our ride leader and sweep, and to everyone else for coming and being part of our great club.
Danny
Sunday 30 October 2016 - Palmdale Circuit
With the temperature in the mid 20°s and a slight NE breeze (see Seabreeze® graph below), and 14 riders, we had the makings of a perfect cycling morning. With me leading, Glenn on sweeping and Allan on security, we achieved perfection on 2 wheels.
Starting at the Gosford swimming pool, we rode back to the railway bridge, and under it to come out near the CC Leagues Club. Up the hill towards the station and into Showgrounds Road, continuing north to Narara Valley Road, then on the short bike path to the shops at Railway Crescent. Even the hill up to the rail wasn't very hard, just a short squirt.
A pleasant jaunt to the northern end of Railway Cres and we were on the highway, heading towards Ourimbah, past all the roadworks, trying not to get squashed. Some of the footpaths on the other side of the concrete barriers were a bit dodgy, so we kept mainly to the road, and no problems were encountered. At the nursery we found Pam and Richard, who had ridden from home and are included in the original number (14).
After a pitstop at the servo, we rode down Burns Road to the bridge which, if you're on a bike, holds no concerns (not to me, anyway). A quick sprint down Enterprise Drive proved perfectly suited to someone of my age, but younger riders weren't far behind me. After stopping at Hereford Street, we were informed that all the new roadworks at the intersection with Wyong Road included a nice path all the way round to the bridge over the Ourimbah Creek, so we christened it, and may never use the old track through the bush again.
Along Wyong Road and up the hill to Tuggerah, where we swept past the tunnel on a lovely new wide path towards Kangy Angy, where we enjoyed the short sharp grunt up the hill, before rolling down the other side towards Palmdale. A quick visit to favorite spot, the Crematorium, and thankfully we were able to ride away to Footts Road and on to Ourimbah Creek Road which took us back to the highway, thereby completing our ride for the day, except we then had to ride back to Gosford, except for Richard and Pam who went back home, riding Enterprise Drive for the third time today.
After a lovely morning tea at the nursery, we got back on our grids and carefully made our way back, negotiating a couple of risky road crossings on the way, losing a few more riders near Gosford, finally terminating at Masons Parade. Thanks everyone for coming this morning, making such a lovely ride. Thanks to my staff, Glenn and Allan and to the committee for their efforts.
Sorry about the delay in resuming the website after so many weeks, but when your host just disappears it takes a lot of work to get it all back. Plus I had a hard drive meltdown at the same time, so we were close to not even having our old site. Also, the internet has forgotten us, so it will take a while before the club site will pop up after a search.
Danny
Sunday 23 October 2016 - Tour de Sydney
An early start this morning, with the ride starting from Strathfield rail. Time for a cuppa for those who need it, then Steve gives a briefing about the ride today - out to Olympic Park (OP), back to Strathy, then down the Cooks River bike path to Tempe, then towards the big smoke, past Mascot, Alexandria and Redfern...
Eight riders presented, me (Danny), Steve and his sidekick Sue, a couple of 2nd timers and I will have to refer to my notes Your Worship as it's been a week and I've forgotten the details. Anyway, off to OP, with Sue leading and Steve tailing, visiting one of the pyramids, which involves a 1500m ride, but you never leave the area, going in a spiral uphill, then down again. Always fun. OP is also very nice and exciting for kids from the bush.
Then back to South Strathfield and along the interminable bike path till we found ourselves somewhere that had roadworks which we skirted to reach our lunchtime venue. Very pleasant, and soon we were on our way again, going past the airport with all the planes landing, taking off and taxi-ing, but sadly we didn't stop to look at them, just smelt the kerosene in the morning. People are so lucky living near the airport, with the convenience and flying action.
We soon found ourselves in Redfern, and voilà at the Casino. I didn't know where we were going, but luckily Sue did. Straight across the Pyrmont Bridge, past Darling Harbour and the new ICC. No time to look at anything. Up past the Observatory and over the other side of the bridge to get on the exclusive bike path. Down the steps (Sue wouldn't let me ride down the ramp), and into the Milsons Point station for the trip home in the train.
A lovely ride of about 60km, quite exciting really, spoilt only by the long train trips and early morning. From home back to home was just under 10 hours! Thanks to Sue and Steve for all their work and disciplined management.
Danny
Sunday 11 September 2016 - Pearl Beach
A beautiful spring morning, with 19 riders attending this popular ride. I came down on the train from Wyong, and when I entered the carriage there were Graeme and Merrilyn already there! At Gosford we rode down towards the start, but suddenly I had a loud blow-out in my rear tyre, as I was hurtling past the Central Coasts League Club. The puncture I had last week had cut the tyre badly and the tube blew out through the cut. Luckily I had a little sleeve to put in there, so I was ready to go in quick time.
I soon caught up to the others and we continued on that well-worn path to Woy Woy. Roy C was leading the ride, and Glenn was the sweeper-in-residence. Eventually we made it to the bottom of Mt Ettalong, and up the first rise to the cliff pass, where a few of our members took the easier way to Pearl Beach. I, myself, took the hill, but owing to gravity I had to stop for a brief rest 3 times, but finally made it to the turn-off and flew down the hill into Pearl Beach.
I raced straight to the café and in fact arrived before many of the péloton as they had ridden straight down to the seaside path. After our coffee and, in my case, a huge hamburger, we set off back to Gosford, with most of our stirling crew taking the high road, and I and my retinue going on the scenic route by the sea. We met up at the little shop at the roundabout, whence Roy took us on a sightseeing trip to all the god-forsaken parts of Woy Woy.
At last we came to the railway line, where the traffic was held up by the train to Wyong, allowing us to scoot straight across the busy road. When we got to the Woy Woy railway station, I decided to jump on the train there, rather than ride back to Gosford. I had to wait 40 minutes, so should have ridden to Gosford with the others.
An interesting and challenging ride, with all our best club members. Thanks to Roy and Glenn, and to everyone else for coming.
Danny


Sunday 4 September 2016 - The Entrance 4 Coffee
A perfect day for cycling - slight breeze, nice temps, sunny, Fathers Day...
Annie led this ride, so on your best behaviour please. Diane put on the hi-vis vest as the sweep. Fourteen riders assembled at Wyong, and two more were picked up at Chittaway, so a good 16 riders on this busy day. And busy it was with walkers, bikes, children, dogs prams and puddles everywhere.
We chose to go over the Tuggerah Railway Station and pedal the Lake Road/Church Road scenic route, difficult with all this roadwork happening. The local paper showed us that a new road bridge over the train track is what's blocking up the old path, but the Wyong Road bridge will accommodate at least six lanes over the rail, so well done those boys!
When we got to The Entrance, we found that DCE was fully booked out (Fathers Day), but Ian was there ahead of time to sus out a better venue, viz the Lick Ice Cream shop, with a set of empty tables and chairs outside, and a good coffee machine inside, so we had coffee and ice-cream for m/t. Ian and Annie's daughter Jacquie was there with her two beautiful little boys, Hugo, aged 4 and Max, about 6, to help with the ice-cream.
Eventually we left, with Pam and Richard going straight home, Simon and Josie not far behind, John Ed and Carol also made an early escape, then Lyn and George left us at Chittaway, so we were down to 8 buy the time we got back to Wyong. Other riders today included Narelle and Michelle, Marshall, Paul and another few.
Di and I had both ridden from home, so we rode together back to Wyongah, where I hived off, leaving Di to ride back to Buff Point, a total ride distance of 80km - what a girl! My total was 55 k's ridden, and 1.3km walked, as I got a puncture on some nasty glass on the path near Kanwal shops. Too tired to fix it, so I walked home instead. This was the only incident of the day. Otherwise a very pleasant morning's ride on a top day, thanks for coming you guys!
Danny
Sunday 28 August 2016 - Fernleigh Track
An early start today, meeting at Broadmeadow railway station at 8.40am, to fit in with the train from Wyong. That's where trains started today, which brought John Ed undone as he was waiting at Tuggerah till a lady told him about the new arrangements. He rode his bike to Wyong but missed the train.
Glenn was specially selected to lead this morning's ride, and a great job he did too. Others on the ride today were John and Anne D, Marshall, Roy, Michael, Sue (Glenn's wife), Narelle, Graeme and Merrilyn and Carol. John Ed finally caught up with us at Redhead. Rather than catch the train, I drove to Belmont (slept in for another hour), and rode up the Track till I met the others coming the other way. We all saw Tess riding up the Track as we rode down, thinking she was meeting us, but she just kept riding so we never saw her again! Shame!
After we had ridden all the way down to Belmont (back for me) then back up to the road intersection, Glenn then took us along Kalaroo Road to Redhead Beach, which I had never seen before, with its spectacular views over the ocean and foreshore. See photo below.
After taking in the sea breeze (actually it was a westerly) we headed all the way up Redhead Road, uphill for 3 km, to Ocean Street and Dudley Road, Whitebridge, where Glenn had a nice café picked out for us, which had excellent coffee and service. After morning tea we found the Fernleigh Track nearby, where I split from the péloton as it rode back to Broady and I returned to Belmont, getting home as the train pulled out of Broady rail.
Thanks for coming everyone, and a beaut ride Glenn, thanks!
Danny


Sunday 21 August 2016 - Lakes Beach via Budgewoi
A cool start this morning for the twenty riders who fronted at Wyong Rotary Park for the ride to Lakes Beach café, Budgewoi. Roy was our talented leader with Annie as our sweep. Conditions otherwise were less than 5 knots breeze NW, sunny and clear, warming to a sweltering 18°C.
No punctures or falls, unlike our previous episode of this particular ride. Alan was back after a break of a few months, on his BMX, looking like he was on the wrong ride. After a break at the Gorokan Peace Park (Toukley bridge) we found our way along The Corso and Panorama Avenue, Gorokan, to the Charmy bridge, the start to a beautiful ride right across the top of Budgewoi Lake, taking in the hamlets of San Remo and Buff Point.
As usual we were well looked after at the caf, thanks guys, and we enjoyed a pleasant morning tea there. There was some discussion about whether we should sit in the sun or the shade, with everyone still in their rain jackets, as it was cool in the shade and hot in the sun. Ian met us there, such dedication, and waved us off as we headed up to Norah Head and down to the cemetery and Canton Beach on our way back to Wyong. I looked in at the Toukley Sailing Club to find any old mates from my sailing days, while Roy took the others home. I had already ridden that next stage to the start, so said goodbye to everyone at that point.
An excellent ride, well-managed, and not too hard, about 60km. Thanks for coming everyone, see you next week at 8.40am at Broadmeadow railway station east side, for a ride down Fernleigh Track and Charlestown.
Danny
Sunday 14 August 2016 - Tuggerah Lakes Circuit
Sixteen people fronted up at the Wyong Rotary Park this morning for a ride around the big lake nearby, viz Tuggerah Lake. Conditions were perfect, warming to a pleasant 19°C with a slight southerly breeze. Welcome to a visitor, Shane's brother Steve.
Soon after we started we found Lyn Mack and her friend George at Chittaway. We also found our Prez Paul on Wyong Road, nice to have him back riding after his fetlock repair. Richard and Pam were also in the vicinity but we never saw them as Richard decided he couldn't wait for us and went home, followed by Pammie.
So that was 19 of us as we swept along the Tuggerah bike-path to Picnic Point. At this point Lyn and her friend decided 10 km was enough for them and they went home.
We then rode up Wilfred Barrett Drive towards Norah Head. Shane and Andrew raced ahead, then waited for us at the new bike path. On our arrival at the Fuel Stop café at Canton Beach we had a discussion about the new path, with quite a few saying they would prefer to ride on the road, as there were a few people walking, and little kids on bikes, on a path not that wide, with hills that boosted our speed, so the final assessment was mixed. I liked it anyway.
At the caf we had our drinks, but my coffee was disappointing, not a patch on the Arc café brew. At this stage Simon and Josie turned around and headed back south for home, thanks for coming guys, and we pushed off for Wyong. At the Toukley Bridge Doug and Virginia went home Gorokan way, while the remaining baker's dozen of us braced the head wind, sitting on about 24kph on the way back along the river road, or at least the front runners did. Marshall had ridden from Wyongah to the start, and he rode all the way back to Wyong with us before returning to his Mum's.
An excellent ride, thanks for coming everyone.
Danny
Sunday 31 July 2016 - Cooranbong Coffee Caper
Not so cold this morning, but still a few jackets to be seen on our riders at Morisset Rail. Twenty-three starters, plus two more at Cooranbong later. Steve was our ride leader, with Sue as our sweep.
Not long after we headed down to the hospital the jackets started flying off as we warmed up. Plenty of kangaroos to be seen and plenty of tourists looking at them. The weather for the whole morning was fine and sunny - perfect! After a brief look at the macropods and the beautiful lake (some people didn't know which lake it was!), we found Silky Oak Drive and cycled up the steep 'pinch' to Morisset Park Road and along Fishery Point Road, using the excellent bike paths, back to Morisset. Not long after this Michael abandoned the ride through sickness, sorry Mike!
At Cooranbong we found Lyn Mac and Paul the Prez waiting for us on Martinsville Road. Sue told us that it should take about an hour and ten minutes to do the round trip out to Monkey Farm, 18km, but it took Shane 39 minutes, includng the valley after the farm. Graeme also did it in less than an hour, so did I but I didn't ride all the way to the farm, turning around a couple of kays short.
Back in The 'Bong we headed for a new café next to the Elephant Shoppe where they had a table reserved for us. Not quite twenty seats, but a good first effort. Doug and a couple of others called it quits at this stage, and Lyn and Paul turned around at Dora Creek back towards his car in The 'Bong. The rest of us, still numbering about 20, crossed the Dora Bridge safely, as there were no cars coming at all during this manoeuvre. Down Stingary Point Road on the south side of the creek to the end, and back to Wangi Road, before detouring under the railway line into Morisset to finish an excellent ride.
Thanks very much to our organisers and to everyone for coming and making it such a good day out. Cheers!
Danny
Sunday 24 July 2016 - Palmdale Circuit
Twelve members assembled at Gosford for today's ride, but I was not one of them. Neither was Paul, our president, recovering from knee surgery. We both made our own way to Ourimbah to meet up with the péloton there.
Conditions were clear and frosty, about 8°C, peaking at only 14° for the whole day. I parked at Wyong, and rode to Ourimbah over Kangy Angy, a nice warm-up ride. Still early there, I continued to Lisarow and waited at Railway Crescent, for an hour, but nobody came. Paul was loitering around Ourimbah at the same time, also wondering where everyone was. While we were sitting around 10 minutes apart, the crew walked over Lisarow station and found their way to Enterprise Drive through the University. They then continued on with the ride, and found Paul at the nursery at morning tea. I had left a message with Shane, which he found then, and rang me back. By that time I was back at Wyong, having done the Enterprise Drive circuit myself. Anyway, we all finished up at the café together, even though Annie took off with everyone not long after I arrived. So Paul and I sat and chatted for a while, then we both drove home, while the bike club continued with their apparently enjoyable ride back to Gosford. I don't think there will be any other report, so, sorry that we missed them, but from the program we couldn't tell the club was going to do the course backwards. Despite all that, everyone had a good ride and enjoyed themselves. Ta.
Danny
Sunday 17 July 2016 - Norah Head for Coffee
After a week of frost we had a lovely warmish morning for our ride to Norah Head. Glenn was our leader and Diane was at the back, for the outward trip anyway. Temperature got to 20°C by noon.
Twenty riders came along, a good effort. I think we can blame Paul for this, even though he didn't show up as expected. Doing a wonderful job, but. Glenn has gone to some trouble to make the ride interesting, with detours up Hillcrest Avenue and Jensen Road, and via Peel Street through Toukley.
Our café of choice, Bombora, was all boarded up, so we had to go to The Ark for m/t. While it's the best coffee spot on the coast, it's usually so crowded on Sunday mornings the wait isn't worth it. However today they got us looked after quite smartly so thanks Ark Starf. The weather had warmed up a lot by then, so jackets were being divested and maillots unzipped.
Quite a lot of us had ridden to Wyong for the start, so were keen to ride straight home afterwards, including me, so for the final leg of the trip back to Wyong there were only ten of them. In the absence of advice to the contrary, we made it back to Wyong safely. Thanks to Glenn and Di and everyone, for coming along to make this a top bike ride. Very satisfying!
Danny
Sunday 10 July 2016 - Wheely Western
Cool to start, but it improved to a warm sunny day, perfect for a lovely ride from Strathfield to Parramatta return.
Sue and Steve organised this ride, with Sue at the helm and Steve in the bilge. Eleven riders fronted at Strathfield rail at 0900 where we started the day with a cup of coffee, at least a few of us did. Riders included Simon and Josie, Pedro, John Ed, Diane, Annie Sv, Linda and me.
This was a very complicated ride, with many turns and all types of surface, so no-one went ahead. No-one got lost either, but they easily could have. We raced the Parramatta RiverCat up the river, beating it on the straights, but losing again when we had to turn away. At Parramatta we cruised around the quiet areas, but didn't check out the CBD. Back to the Ferry terminal then down to Newington where we had lunch at 11.30am. There is a nice Bakery there with excellent stuff at half the price of the Norah Head cafés, curry pies and apple pastries, yum!
Back on the bikes and down to Olympic Park, always a fascinating place. There are two look-out hills with spiral paths to the top, both of which we climbed. The paths are 1000 metres long, so we rode 4km just up and down these Markers, as they're called. A lot of other people riding, walking, running and scooting along these paths, all stepping aside as they heard Sue's strident warning bell. Ding bloody ding!
We got back to Strathfield station in time for the Newcastle train a few minutes later, at about half past two. I got home about 4.30, so it's a long day on these city rides, but worth it to experience new places and interesting rides. Thanks everyone for coming, and thanks to Sue and Steve for all their work before and during the day.
Danny
Sunday 3 July 2016 - All the Rivers Run
A very cold but fine sunny morning saw 14 riders attend the Wyong venue, with another one soon after making 15 riders, including a visitor Kim, welcome to her.
Peter rode from Noraville to Wyong, but missed the start, so we picked him up near the Tacoma South road. Many of the crew had not been down to the end of the peninsulas, so it was something new and interesting. Peter came down the Tacoma Sth Road but couldn't see anyone there, we were all in the bush!
The Tuggerah Straight bike path was completely closed due to maintenance work so we headed south down Gavenlock Road, and came back the same way. They are doing a lot of work around the Tuggerah Rail, but I don't know what, apart from the new intersection. Retaining walls, drains, stuff like that. We walked our bikes over the station and headed down Lake Road and Church Road to Geoffrey Road, Chittaway Point, and down to the very end, where we all went through the turnstyle and followed the bush track down to the lake. It's worth the inconvenience of tree roots, mud and grass, as the view of the lake is a delight.
Back out to civilisation again, and over the Ourimbah Creek then down the other side of the creek to another bushy path. By this time we had had enough of bush tracks and nice scenery, so we headed straight back to Blue Bell Park and hit the shops looking for coffee.
After a nice cuppa and a snack Pedro, Simon and Josie took off towards The Entrance or Killarney Vale for a shorter trip home. Pedro would have done about 70km by the time he got home. Well done Pete! Our Pres Paul joined us for m/t, so nice to see you again Paul. Not too long before you're back on the bike, mate! We also celebrated Annie's birthday, don't know how old she is but she looks stunning! The rest of us just headed straight back to Tuggerah and Gavenlock Road to finalise what was generally agreed to be a very pleasant 40k ride. The other members on the ride included Diane Rh+ who was our sweep, thanks Di, John D, Michelle A , Roy C, Martin and Monica, John Ed, Carol and Marshall. Thanks for coming you guys, and gals, well done!
Danny
Sunday 26 June 2016 - Yarramalong
Hi All,
Nineteen riders greeted the cold morning air (6°C) for the trip out to Yarramalong. Sue and Steve Hunt (back from their O/S holiday), Michelle A, Anne S, Tony, Jane, John and Anne Daley, Linda H, Roy C, Diane, Sue H, Shane and Michael were there, along with new club members Martin and Monica. We were also joined by a couple of guests in Bryan and Colleen from Parramatta.
A coast down the hill to a regroup at the park made sure everyone was wide awake, and the faster riders stretched their legs from there to the regroup at halfway (which should have been in the sun!).
A pleasant roll from there to coffee and cake at the Cafe where we got a great spot in the sun, with Paul joining us and looking more spritely all the time. No problems on the way home with a warmer temperature and a slight tail wind assisting our progress.
All in all a nice ride with no incidents. Thanks to Diane for sweeping, and to John and Shane for managing the stops for the faster riders.
Cheers
Glenn
Thursday 23 June 2016 - Thursday ride
Having missed two days of riding this week I decided to join the CCTCC on their ride for beginners, and others. Still recovering from my open-heart surgery, no just kidding, my pacemaker insertion, I thought that a low-key ride was indicated.
Sixteen riders assembled for the ride, with Glenn as leader, and Michelle as sweep, and many interesting peole in between. Glenn was careful and thoughtful, with the route south to Umina taking interesting and different turns. Fortunately there was nothing to report in the way of accidents or incidents, just enjoyable low-key cycling on quiet roads and bike paths. Other riders included Heiko, Tony, another Michelle, Narelle the mum of Michelle the sweep, Jane, Martin, Monika, both new, John and Marilyn also quite new, Simon and Josie, Barry and Dianne, and Paul dropped in as expected. See photos below.
Conditions were excellent, being cold to start, then warming nicely as the sun rose, with a brisk NW breeze, (see Seabreeze © graph below). Didn't get over about 17°C, but we were all dressed for it. Thanks everyone for coming and making a record attendance. Morning tea was taken at the Umina Beach SLSC, where we formed most of the patronage this morning.
Danny




Weekend of 18/19 June 2016 - Away ride to Vacy and Maitland, NSW
"I told you we wouldn't need the waterwings"
"Channel nine said don't go outside!"
"What do they know, I guess they don't read the bom.gov - sensation mongers that they are!"
"You mean the weather was ...ok?"
"Yep"
We had a great time, didn't get lost till entering Maitland. One rider wrote..."the weekend – really enjoyed it in spite of the weather, had great time seeing new places (new to me anyway) and the evening meal was fantastic."
On Saturday we had sun from Hexham all the way to Vacy. The countryside is rolling hills with sparse trees and cows (both?) and hardly any traffic after Tarro.
We stopped for a break at the park in Morpeth where everyone took pictures of the happy crew (see below). In the Hunter, there are several century-old Allen truss bridges which the RMS has in their "historic collection" qv. Most of you would know the ones at Morpeth and Hinton: Wooden frames with steel ties and longitudinal planks on the roadway. Fortunately they are now in good repair as they used to be a real trap for the narrow wheels on road bikes.
We had arvo tea at Paterson where we sat on the cafe deck which overlooks the river. I recommend the coffee! Everyone was quite happy to finally reach the motel at Vacy. Some went to the pub before we filled our cyclists bellies at the 'Flying Duck'. If you ever get a chance to eat there you won't be sorry. Gunther's meals are fab!
Next morning no one wanted to catch the 8:17am train back to Maitland so the hills around Martin's Creek were our next challenge. After an hour we were back at Patto for more coffee. Then back roads again, following Paterson Road to Woodville with a stop at Iona school where there's a falling down timber house that you'd all like to photograph! Someone suggested to me that I should write a book entitled places i have pee'd........ Well you'll need to come along next time, won't you!
I hate writing this stuff! I suggest you quiz the other people who went! A leader's report is sure to be biassed!
Thanks for your company, a really helpful, patient, enthusiastic lot you are! Three cheers for the sweep who kept us all in line (ha ha!) and fixed the punctures.
Annie


Sunday 12 June 2016 - Hidden Valley
About 14 cyclists (forgot to count them) gathered at Wyong this morning for a ride over Kangy Angy to Ourimbah and up Ourimbah Creek Road. Roy was our leader and Glenn looked after the posterior.
We barely crossed River Road when Narelle discovered her back tyre was flat, after she had ridden from home earlier. Roy decided to wait while Glenn and Shane got stuck into the puncture, and within a few minutes we were ready to roll.
I was back on my bike after two and a half weeks without riding, due to surgery for a pacemaker, so I was keen to give it a workout. After riding fairly hard to Ourimbah, I stopped with the others for a re-group, and to welcome Annie Sv who rode up from Point Claire, when I came over all faint and nauseous, so that was the end of my ride, as the others there wouldn't let me go any further. Ralph rang his wife Ev at home and she came down from Buff Point to collect me and take me home. That's after Narelle and Ralph took me into the café at the nursery and gave me coffee and water till I recovered. Too much too soon I suppose.
Meanwhile the rest of the club made their way up to Hidden Valley and were never seen again, by me anyway. Ralph took off in search of the péloton, which by now were probably on their way to Footts Road for a visit to Palmdale, not stopping. I hope they all found each other alright. If any more relevant news is heard I will update this report.
Danny
PS I had a rest at home and now feel better, cheers!
Sunday 5 June 2016 - Pearl Beach
PEARL BEACH PADDLE - Riders: There weren’t any, John L’Estrange (leader).
The ride was advertised in the ride calendar as “Scenic ride on cycleways and flat, quiet roads through Woy Woy and Umina...”
The advertisement did not mention the wild, wet and windy weather – I had recorded 147mm of rain in the 24 hours prior to 9:00 am Sunday and have had a large Turpentine fall down – no damage except to the tree. The chainsaw is going to get a workout.
I was a little concerned that the main roads might be a little worse for wear so initially considered riding up to the Gosford City Lions Park for the start. The wind, the wind turned me off that idea so I drove up without any problems. I left home early, just in case, and arrived at 8:10 am (coffee time) and waited at the start for someone, anyone to appear.
Anne and Ian arrived to see what was happening although they had no intention of riding anywhere and we waited until 9:00. No-one else arrived so I left and drove as much of the route as I was legally allowed. There weren’t any people on the shared paths, where visible, either. I cycled part of it, too.
Mountain bikes were the order of the day due to the amount of debris on the roads. Some of the puddles were quite deep too and beware – the potholes are expanding in number, width and depth!
Both Patonga Drive and Pearl Beach Drive were awash with streams flowing quickly down both of them. As both are narrow roads, the wake coming up off the tyres of the vehicles was almost sufficient to waveboard on, if that was your pleasure.
Hidden Valley next weekend, anyone?
John
Sunday 29 May 2016 - Lake Munmorah
LAKE MUNMORAH - Riders: Michael Byrnes, Simon Matthews, Anne Svenson, Shane Rigney, Paula Jarman, Roy Collins, Josie Laina, Richard Young, Virginia Bowen, John L’Estrange (leader).
Paul Murray telephoned me on Friday afternoon to tell me that Danny was in hospital and could not lead the Mannering Park ride on Sunday. He asked me if I could do this and I said, yes, of course. I pulled out some maps and browsed the route detailed in the Ride Calendar. I decided that I needed to drive the route in order to familiarise myself with those parts that I had not previously ridden so that I would not lead the Members astray, well, not too far anyway.
I left home early on Saturday and, after the mandatory coffee (at the Wyong Milk Factory, open at 7:00 am), set off. I had made some re-routing decisions the evening before and was able to implement them as I went along. I cut out the Mannering Park loop as I saw no reason to go in and come out again. I cut out the Pollock Avenue section, preferring instead to come straight down the Hue Hue Road from Wyee to Wyong. For these reasons, I re-named the ride Lake Munmorah to differentiate it from Danny’s Mannering Park ride.
It was a brilliant day for cycling – clear skies, bright sunshine, a light breeze and cool air. Richard joined us for part of the morning and Virginia joined us for part of the ride later in the day. We left the River Road shelter and, after the obligatory stop around the corner (it was cold, after all) set off through Tacoma, Wyongah and along to the Gorokan Fishing Co-op. Then it was straight along the Main Road to Noraville and north to Budgewoi. This gave the tiger cyclers the first opportunity to blast off ahead of the main bunch. There were many more opportunities afforded them!
We continued through the Budgewoi roundabout and along Mimosa Road/Elizabeth Bay Drive and up to the lights at the highway. We followed this left and turned in to the Lake Munmorah Shopping Centre. Coffee Time!! Sticky buns were scoffed too. For such a small centre, it has a large number of coffee machines!
It was back to the highway for a while and then a right turn into Ruttleys Road. We cycled the full length to the junction at Wyee Road where we turned left to Wyee itself. Then it was a great run along Hue Hue Road through the forested sections and up and down the gentle undulations to the Yarramalong Road and thence back to the start point.
At the finish, everyone had big grins on their faces and all said that they had thoroughly enjoyed the ride. For those who need details – Cycling time was 3 hours 18 minutes; distance was 63 km and the average speed while cycling was 19.1 kph (I was trying to keep my trip computer on 21 kph but the undulations got in the way).
John
Sunday 22 May 2016 - Tuggerah Lake, Breakfast Circuit
A beautiful morning, a bit cold at 6.30am, but still only about 16°C, warming to 23 by lunch time. No detectable breeze.
Glenn led the way, and Doug acted as sweep. We did have a flat - Josie copped a big bit of glass at Chittaway, but Simon soon fixed it up. With help from John D. We scooped up Annie Sv at Wyongah, as she had come by train, a tricky stunt when you're meeting at The Entrance (T/E), so that made 18 riders.
The pathway between Chittaway and T/E was very busy, even at that early hour. There were lots of very nice-looking dogs, which is unusual for me to say. Inspector Rex is to blame for that. And furry setters.
We took breakfast at DCE café, and it went very smoothly, except for someone claiming the wrong coffee. And until time to leave, when I just waltzed off, forgetting to pay. When I sat down to write this report I remembered, and tried to ring the Caf, but always busy. So I drove down there, from Lake Haven, 23km each way, to pay, thinking that there would be others who also forgot, as I didn't see anyone with their hands in their pockets, but when I fronted to pay, they said a nice lady from the club had paid for me. So I owe someone about $15. Form an orderly queue on the left please.
Anyway, a lovely day with you guys, thanks for coming. Next week I'm taking you to Mannering Park, so be at Wyong Bridge at 0900, or Gorokan Fish Co-op at ten o'clock.
Danny
Sunday 15 May 2016 - Crosslands Caper
A Boys' Own Special today, with six of the best travelling to Cowan railway station. Led by Roy, the team also included Tony, John Edw, Little Paul, Glenn and me, Danny. Conditions were perfect, cloudy, 23°C with no detectable breeze. OK, 5 knots NW.
Lots of cyclists and motorbikes on the Pacific Highway from Cowan to Hornsby, all out making the most of the beautiful weather. With the Century Challenge on at the same time, we expected a meagre turn-out on our ride. Roy led us to Mt Colah Macca's for m/t, a bit early, but our best option, with nothing available at Crosslands.
A beaut ride downhill into Crosslands, with Paul keeping up with me at the crazy speeds achieved down that 2.5km hill. Once at the reserve, we sat down for a rest, then watched a big group of Koreans, or someone similar, drag 6 brand new fish drum nets to the river and chuck them in. It was obvious they didn't have a clue what they were doing, but at least they had a lot of fun, as did we watching them. We discussed the bush walk, but that was the extent of it, just talk.
Eventually we climbed out of the valley, up the same hill we had enjoyed coming down, but without the same enthusiasm. Full marks to Tony, Roy (80 this year), and Paul (75), all of whom rode the whole uphill, amazing! Glenn, John and I had a more casual ride, including some with our feet on the ground, as we surveyed the scenery on the way. We did ride the flatter sections, and only took six minutes longer than the breakaway group to reach the top. Well done us!
Just a pleasant ride from there to the Hornsby rail to catch the train home. We did think about popping in to the Hornsby hospital to see Paul, but that's all we could manage.
Thirty-five km for the day, except the others who rode to the station, then back home afterwards, especially Paul, who rode from Patonga and back to Woy Woy station, for an extra hour and a half, good on you Paul, and wonderful to see you again. Thanks to all of us for coming, a very enjoyable ride.
Danny
Sunday 8 May 2016 - Brisbane Water Loop
A beautiful autumn morning, with 16 riders showing up. Nice to see David and Sheila again, and welcome to Paula, who kept up with us easily.
John L'E had facial trauma and was unable to wear his helmet or lead the ride, and Paul had a struggle to find anyone willing to manage today's ride. Luckily, Pedro was behind me on Friday when I declined Paul's request, so he rang Paul and offered his services, even though he has had enough ride-leading for this lifetime, thus saving the day. Thanks very much Pedro! Boston Bill gracefully accepted the position of sweep too, ta Bill.
After warning us it would be a slow ride, like 20kmh, Pete immediately set a pace of 23kmh, which everyone coped well with. Off down to Woy Woy for our first break, then onwards to Spit Bridge. I really feel like this ride has started when we climb that steep little path and ride across the bridge, it takes us into a different world.
After a lovely ride through the highways and byways of Empire Bay and Kincumber, we arrived at Davistown for our usual coffee and relaxation in the garden behind the café. Sadly though, as it was Mothers Day, the whole place was booked out, but we found one empty table in the sideway and set up camp there. I could see that although the staff were doing a fantastic job serving everyone, we were going to be quite delayed. Seeing that I had a lunch at home for Mothers Day, I decided to set off back to Gosford on my own. I did follow our usual route through Saratoga and Yattalunga, and safely arrived back at Mason Parade, Gosford. What I didn't know till I examined the UBD is that I could have carved miles off the ride by taking a few judicious short-cuts. Never mind, I arrived home halfway through lunch and didn't miss much.
Thanks everyone for coming today, lovely to see y'all again!
Danny
Sunday 1 May 2016 - The Entrance 4 Coffee
With lightning, thunder and rain at 6.30am, I didn't expect much improvement for a morning ride, but I knew these clubmates of mine would turn up anyway, and I didn't want to be the one who stayed at home in bed, like you.
Marshall caught the train down from Newcastle, and Richard rode from home near The Entrance (T/E), so how committed are these blokes (rhetorical question)? So finally ten riders started the long ride to T/E, via Chittaway and other points of interest on the shores of Lake Tuggerah. We expected to have the path to ourselves today, and apart from the odd (and I use that term advisedly) dog-walker there was no-one on the bike path, until we reached Killarney Vale. All of a sudden there were dozens, maybe 60, walkers of all sizes, fully equipped with strollers, kids and scooters, making their way to T/E. They were walking about autism, so good on them. We met them again on the way back but we cycled on the road for everyone's safety.
Apart from the rain, there was also a stiff northerly, which got us both ways, it was also very cloudy, and with a temperature down to a brittle 20°C. Actually, it stopped raining after ten minutes, so even though we were covered in mud and our feet were soaked, our jackets became redundant.
We could sit wherever we liked at DCE Café, as there were no other patrons, and only about 4 in the whole CBD of T/E. They were so quick that our coffees were on the table by the time we got back to our seats after ordering, true!, me and Roy!
Narelle did a top job leading, though she didn't have a speedo, and dragged us along at about 24kph, instead of the advertised 18. Michael was our sweep, but it was he who got the flat and needed assistance. Well, he didn't really, as he fixed it all hisself, using a CO2 cannister for pressure.
Thanks for coming, Michael, Paul, John E, Roy C, Richard, Michelle, Marshall, Sue, me and Graham. Total distance = 33km. Heroic effort!
Danny
Sunday 24 April 2016 - Newcastle Flyer
After rain all day yesterday, and a big storm at one o'clock this morning, we were all hoping it would all turn out nice again, and it did! By dawn the skies had cleared to a sunny day, despite a big southerly breeze (see Seabreeze© graph below). Not sure how warm, but not very.
An amazing seventeen riders joined us today, including a couple of newbies, viz Chris and Andrew, in their forties I guess, who struggled to keep up. After only 7 km I copped a flat front tyre, on Barry's lent bike (mine's in the workshop for a new transmission). That was the only incident all day, thankfully.
I led this ride, and Glenn swept up the tail, thanks Glenn! It wasn't as hard as I expected, you would think I'd know that by now, even the hills near Catho Hill and Nords Wharf. The big tailwind helped with that of course. Sometimes we copped the full force, such as on Jensen Road where we were heading south east.
Once we got to Adamstown I needed the local knowledge of Marshall and Pedro to find Hamilton. Even there we couldn't find a suitable café, so we all split up to find our own, while some guys just went to the railway station for an early mark home. Those of us who indulged in more coffee found ourselves waiting 40 minutes for the next train. But it was a nice new train, where we could sit in the entry area and put our bikes in the wheelchair bays. The police came through checking tickets, but didn't even ask Diane nor me for ours, just where we had ridden from. I like these Opal cards!
So, a 68km ride to an interesting part of the world, thanks to everyone who came, full marks for effort!
Danny
Friday 21 April 2016 - Away Ride in June
Randonnée on weekend 18 and 19 June 2016. See circular here.
Sunday 17 April 2016 - Tuggerah Lakes Tour
Cloudy, rainy, strong southerly but 20°C, not good riding weather, but 19 members fronted for a big ride around Budgewoi and Tuggerah Lakes. See Seabreeze graph© below.
I was leader (Danny) and Paulie was my sweep as we set off from Wyong River bridge in threatening conditions. Within seconds it was raining and jackets were being donned. It was quite heavy for a while, then just drizzled for the rest of the day, with some dry periods. It was quite pleasant riding along, blissfully unaware of the assistance provided by the wind.
Along the river road (Wolseley Avenue), down to the Tacoma fish co-op and turn left at Hillcrest Avenue for a short cut to Jensen Road and Tuggerawong Road. Along here we met Pedro coming the other way, he having ridden from home, like many of us (not me), making up the final number. A rest at the Gorokan Fish Co-op then back along The Corso (Gorokan, not Manly) and Panorama Av to the Wallarah Creek Bridge. Linda decided to call it quits at the co-op and go straight home, as did Diane as we rode past her place at Buff Point. Shame, they missed all the fun.
Roy C found his back tyre flat after our pitstop at Edgewater Park, Buff Point, so we were held up for a while to fix that. Further along the track approaching Budgewoi I also got a flat back tyre, but Paul and I fixed that pretty quickly, with help from Marshall. This tube also went down pretty quickly, so we whacked in a new tube of mine which also let us down. At this stage we felt guilty about keeping everyone waiting while we fart-arsed about, so we sent them off to our morning tea venue, the Lakes Beach Café, expecting to catch them up pretty quickly. Sadly this tube also wouldn't stay up, so I had to cadge a new tube off Paulie and try again. We did examine the tyre very closely but couldn't find anything making holes. Satisfied with the integrity of my tyre we pumped it up again and thankfully it stayed up.
As we were setting off after the péloton Simon rang on the mobile phone to inform us that Annie had fallen off and banged her head and was going off to hospital in an ambulance and the police were in attendance, no I'm not making this up. So we all got to the cafe about the same time, with news that Annie appeared to be alright, and that her husband, Ian, was driving up from Tascott to rescue his wife from the hospital, and help with arragements with her bike. Pedro went home to get his car to assist, and, as it happened, Doug and Sue were driving past, so were also able to help with logistics. Also a lady driving the other way saw what happened and stopped to offer nursing help. Thanks all you guys!
By the time we finished our coffee it was half past twelve, and I decided not to finish the entire ride around Tuggerah Lake, what with the lost hours, the rain and the massive wind from the south to deter us from Wilfred Barrett Drive. Instead we rode to the Norah Head cemetery then headed straight back through Toukley and along the river road to Wyong. Simon and Josie went home down WBD, so I'll be interested to hear about their experience.
Annie had been knocked unconscious and her helmet shattered in the accident, but last reports were that she was OK, thanks god. We got back to Wyong bridge at 2.00pm, with my wife ringing to find out where the hell I was, so I'm glad we weren't still struggling around the lake in the heavy rain which arrived at that time. By that time we were down to about 12 in number, the others having gone straight home, as they shoulda.
An interesting ride which we won't forget in a hurry, still about 50km and enjoyable because we did it together. Thanks for coming everyone, and thanks to all those who helped with emergencies.
Danny
Sunday 10 April 2016 - Yarramalong
Anne was able to arrange for a perfect day for her trip to Yarramalong, 24°C, no wind, sunny... Eleven members made it to Wyong for the start, including Merrilyn, Shane, John Ed, two old guys called Roy from the muppets, Tony, Michelle, Marshall and another.
An easy ride out to Yarramalong ensued, with about 100 motorbikes and cars passing us as we teetered on the edge of the bitumen. When we got to the café we found our regular tables taken by three BMW loads of party-goers, then about 30 bikies arrived just after us, so the management did well to get us all fed and coffeed.
The trip back was equally well-behaved, with Annie fully in control. Forty kms, a pleasant day out, plus i had another 25kms as I rode from home. Thanks for coming.
Next week we ride from the same venue at Wyong to Gorokan Fish Co-op and around Budgewoi and Tuggerah Lakes for a 55km flat ride, except for Donald Avenue, Kanwal, and Wilfred Barrett Drive.
Danny
Sunday 3 April 2016 - Brisbane Water Circuit
This popular ride attracted 22 riders today, in warm sunny weather, with a slight breeze. Paul, our revered presidente, led the ride, and Boston Bill looked after the stragglers.
Paul kept up a purposeful pace, so we soon reached Woy Woy and continued on to Blackwall or somewhere. Over Rip Bridge and on to Empire Bay (E/B). This is where I got lost. I decided to follow the big boys over the hill on the road, while the others used a bike track and came out somewhere that I never found. So I was lost in E/B wondering what to do, when Paul rang me and said to come back up to the main road, which I did, and Boston Bill was waiting for me there. I've been on this ride many times, but I still can't figure out how everything connects. Steve had a flat on the way to Davistown, but it was soon fixed, thanks guys!
We finished up at the Davistown café where we had delicious m/t, even if my bread was 20 minutes after my coffee, grrr. Conditions in the courtyard were delightful, perfect and nice. Ian joined us as usual.
We then pushed on towards the CC highway, along Avoca Drive, which, after climbing up out of Davistown, takes us on a roller coaster of 4 or 5 hills, progressively easier, till we got to the CC hwy.
Thanks for the ride Paul, and to everyone for coming along, and waiting for me after you got lost. Thanks especially to Boston Bill for rescuing me and doing such a good job finding the way, for someone who lives overseas.
Danny
Sunday 27 March 2016 - Brooklyn Bridges
Hi all
Was a pleasant morning for a ride, being Easter and all. Nine willing cyclists gathered at Gosford, only one female, Josie, and welcome to Stewart John's brother in-law.
After the briefing we headed off to West Gosford and around the shops heading over the new bridge and up to Kariong for a regroup. Then onto the old Pacific Highway, down to Mooney then up to Calga where we stopped for coffee at the Mt White road house. Very little traffic and what there was gave us plenty of room.
After coffee we continued on down to the Hawkesbury River bridge for our last regroup then on to Brooklyn for coffee and food. We found our usual food shop was closed and the others were too busy, so we decided to grab a takeaway and catch the 12.55 train back to Gosford and into the rain so just as well we headed back when we did. Thanks to Simon for sweeping.
We all got home nice and early, was a pleasant ride and nice weather.
Cheers all and happy Easter
Paul M
Sunday 20 March 2016 - Kicking on to Kurnell
Hi all
As 12 of us gathered at Strathfield Square for the start of the ride to Kurnell, weather looking good for a cycle, we enjoyed a good cup of caffeine then a briefing by Sue & Steve, we then headed off trying to keep in mind about the new increased fines, so we kept as much as possible to the road rules walking over pedestrian crossings, stopping at stop signs. All though it’s a bit hard sometimes and sometimes senseless, you're riding on a shared path and it suddenly turns into a footpath ???
It’s a great ride along Cooks River cycleway but very popular although everyone is considerate of one another. The pace was good as we all rode to our coffee stop at c-side restaurant in Kyeemagh. By then the wind had started to pick up and we started to push into it as we rode along the foreshores of Botany Bay to the Captain Cook Bridge. Had a brief stop to let the faster ones head up and over the bridge to the other side where we regrouped again. Then Sue led us on through the industrial estate back onto the dedicated cycleway then joined Captain Cook Drive where Sue gave the faster ones a spurt down to Kurnell where the rain started.
Jackets on and a quick loo stop then onto our lunch stop, but due to the change of weather we decided to ditch lunch and have a snack then we headed off in the rain back to Cronulla Station. By then we were all drenched and lucky the train was waiting ready to go. At Central we just missed the fast train home so had to wait 20min for the next but it gave us time to get some hot beverage in to us and warm up.
I take it we all arrived home safe and I for one stood under that hot shower for longer than usual to reheat the body.
Thanks to Sue and Steve for leading the ride which was still a great ride regardless of the weather at the end.
Take care all and ride safe and keep in mind about the increased fines.
Paul M.
Sunday 20 March 2016 - Danny's Loop-The-Lake
I missed out on last Sunday's Loop-The-Lake as I couldn't get up early enough, so I went riding with the CCTCC up Hidden Valley. Today that club had a 9.00am start at Strathfield so that was too early as well. Instead I set my own timetable and left home at half past ten, much more civilised.
I drove to Doyalson and parked in Wyee Road, and unloaded my beautiful bike for a spin around Lake Mac. Conditions were good, with temperatures about 22°C all day, mostly cloudy, with a good breeze from the south (see Seabreeze© graph below). No rain, but that was just luck.
So just after 11.00am I set off for Belmont with the wind behind me, flying along all the way to Speers Point before the headwind hit. Things changed when I got to the hill going south from Toronto as my legs turned to jelly. I walked up the steep bits of the hills, but most of them I just stopped and had a minute's rest, and a drink of staminade, which got me going again.
By Morisset I was feeling a bit hungry, as I hadn't eaten since 8.00am and it was by then about two o'clock. So I popped into Macdonald's for one of their beaut coffees and a muffin, but the place was full of people and their screaming kids, nobody serving at the coffee shop, 80 people waiting to be served and all the tables full, so I packed up and left. I thought, if I stayed here, by the time I got served and finished my drink, I could have been at Wyee. I found a beaut little bakehouse and café at Wyee near the railway bridge, and gave them my custom, apple pie, yummy! Soon I was back at my car, after about four and a half hours all up. When I got home the Formula 1 was starting so I missed out on a nap. About 90km I reckon, at my own pace, and no strava or even a speedo. Bliss!
Danny
Sunday 13 March 2016 - Hidden Valley
With the Loop-The-Lake on today, we had fewer riders, but nicer ones. With conditions the same as they have been for weeks, high 20s°, NE breeze <10 knots, cloudy, humid, fourteen riders set off from Gosford, straight onto the Pacific Highway through the CBD and up to the bike path somewhere near Narara. I had caught a train down from Warnervale, using my new Opalcard, so exciting, but rode all the way home from there, to Lake Haven.
Once we got to Ourimbah and headed up the Ourimbah Creek Road, the conditions turned to very nice as we ambled up to the dirt section and beyond. At our favorite turnaround point we rested on the green grass in the shade for a long time, not wanting to move, it was so pleasant. On the way up we saw alpacas, including adorable baby ones, with a carload of people stopped to admire them, some funny goats with long floppy ears and beautiful fur... It's really heaven up this valley.
Back down we rode to Footts Road which we took to the Palmdale crematoria, just visiting, and back along the highway to our favorite nursey at Ourimbah, where they look after us and where Ian had set up tables for us.
Josie and Simon went home after lunch, and Roy P and another had already left for another appointment. As we left the nursery, I said goodbye and headed back up the hwy to Kangy Angy, Tuggerah, Wyong and home. The others set off for Gosford to a satisfying and eventless conclusion to a lovely ride. Thanks to Roy C for leading, Narelle for tailing, and everyone else for coming.
Danny
Sunday 6 March 2016 - The Entrance 4 Coffee
Twenty-one members, plus newbies Steven and Stewart, found their way to Lions Park, Wyong, for today's placid ride to The Entrance (T/E) for the first ride of the month. Compare this to last week's ride! Then we picked up Lyn at Chittaway, and possibly Roy P to make 25 riders. Conditions were warm, sunny and a slight NE breeze of 6 knots to keep us cool. See Seabreeze® graph below.
Narelle took the lead today, and Melissa was fully employed looking after the rear end, as the were many slower riders and we got well and truly spread out, with big gaps between bunches. However we are designed for that, and nobody got lost or even had a puncture.
We started off avoiding Tuggerah Strait due to fear of broken glass, and gave Gavenlock Road a try. Longer and no bike lane so I'm not sure it's worth the detour. Coming back Marshall and I tried Tuggerah bike path and it was fine, apart from a small sparkly section.
Ian met us at the DCE Café, which did stirling work serving us all. Pam and Richard had ridden from home to Wyong, so they left us here. Lake Road/Church Road are hard to reach owing to earthworks at the Tuggerah Rail end, so we skipped that too, but we did a lap of Reliance Drive, because on a Sunday we can do it safely.
Thanks everyone for coming, well done!
Danny
Sunday 28 February 2016 - Four Lakes and a Train
You have to be a dedicated cyclist to go to this much trouble, and there were 16 of us who were! Catch a train from home to Morisset to start the ride. Then follow our esteemed leader Annie Sv all over the countryside round the south end of Tuggerah Lake. Our Presidente Pablo did duty at the rough end, in conditions that were perfect for riding - sunny, breezy, warm (26°C?)...
I had thought we were going first down to the lake at the hospital, but thankfully that never happened, just straight to Wyee Road and on to Rutleys Road for that greatly improved road's full length, popping out on the Pacific Highway. Paul gave us a big wrap up by declaring our behaviour on the road exemplary, so when we found out what that meant, we were quite chuffed. This isn't a fluke, we are well-trained by the leaders of this club in how to ride safely on the roads of NSW. So well done to them!
On to Doyalson and down past Camp Breakaway to the lake, then on the amazing bike path to Budgewoi and the Lakes Beach Café for m/t. I hope we're not becoming too blasé about our fantastic scenery on the Central Coast, we really should appreciate it. Coming from interstate, I do, and I'm very happy to let anyone who asks know how beautiful is the world in which we live.
This ride was much nicer than I had anticipated, especially seeing we didn't have to ride down to the kangaroos first, but even all the hills seemed quite manageable. Two riders who really showed how good they are would be Andrew and Graeme, who made up over a kilometre on me coming down Wilfred Barrett Drive, and Merrilyn who, with her little legs, no cleats, built like a fairy, is always up the front with her superb stamina, good on you Mezz!
Some people started to hive off around Tuggerah Lake, as we reached their home territory, but eventually seven of us got to Wyong, which I was not sorry to see. Thanks for coming you guys, and thanks to Annie and Paul for keeping us safe. About 58km.
Danny
Sunday 21 February 2016 - Yarramalong
Early start today for a change, which meant getting out of bed at 0600, even earlier for many others. Some people didn't get the memo, like Dave and Sheila, but they caught us up at Yarramalong, just as we were leaving again, so they rode straight back with the rest of us. This made 31 riders going back, possibly a record attendance. Weather was warm, 28°C maybe warmer up the valley, and a slight SE breeze which cooled us down. Humidity was the killer as usual, but keep moving and you were all good, as they say.
Glenn and Sue brought their lovely daughter, Lisa, who struggled with the unexpected vigour of the ride. Melissa kept us rolling at a good pace, with the result that the péloton stretched back over several kilometres near the end. I noticed this from my observation point near Yarramalong where I watched Boston Bill repair his punctured rear tyre (or tire as he would say).
At the General Store we relaxed and recovered at our leisure as Sheila and Dave struggled up the hill. Service was excellent at the coffee shop as we had rung and warned them to expect us, so they put extra staff on. Really, not joking, but we were 31, not 20 as Mel had promised. Sadly D & S didn't get the chance to order. We were passed by lots of well-behaved motorbikes, and cars, making us aware that there is no room for bicycles on this road, but the drivers were quite considerate and patient. Speaking of motorbikes, have you seen my old photos? Click here!
The distance from Wyong return is only 40km, but a few of us rode from home, so the Daleys, for instance, rode 74km for the day, and I rode 60km, while Marshall came all the way from Jesmond, but drove his car (in his pyjamas) to Wyongah. I could name all 31 riders, as that's my job, but by next week I couldn't. I was home again by 11.45am!
Thanks everyone for coming, with special appreciation to Melissa for leading, and Narelle for sweeping up the tail. Where was Paul?
Danny

Hi Guys
So Danny was wondering where Paul was, well Paul had to get up at 4.45am to get the 6.10 train to Strathfield to accompany John L’Estrange for his ride leaders course as I went down to be his buddy. It finished about 1.30pm so I rode around there a bit to fill in some time.
Congratulations to John L’Estrange for achieving his ride leaders certificate today, well done John.
What a big group, never had so many, Melissa is a good leader and Narelle an excellent sweep, I’m sure they looked after you all, but maybe the next time we get a big group like that we may have to split it in two. Sorry about Dave and Sheila missing the start. Good to hear you all enjoyed the ride.
Next week’s ride is Four Lakes and a Train starts at Morisset Station 9.15am lead by Anne. Train times next week is Gosford 8.40am. Tuggerah 8.54am. Wyong 9.07am. Arrives Morisset 9.14am.
Thanks Danny for the reports on the web site. You always do a good job on it. Check the web site out for Danny’s report and the ride calendar can be printed out.
Take care and ride safe
Paul M.

I was asked about the new law of the carrying a photo ID. Do we have to have a current licence, or old licence, a photocopy, a photocopy that’s been stamped and signed by the police ????? Well I spoke to BNSW this morning about it and they have put the same questions to government when they discussed these stupid laws that BNSW were dead set against. Apparently they couldn’t get a definite answer from the Roads and Maritime Services (they simply don’t know what’s acceptable).
All I can advise is: play it safe and carry a current licence or get a photo ID from NSW Services cost $51. I think. Other than that if you want to take a chance and get a photocopy get the police to stamp and sign it as proof that that’s you. It’s your call.
Hope you all check the rules and regulations for bike riders that I sent to you all as the police will be looking at us all.
Sunday 14 February 2016 - The Entrance (T/E) for Brekkie
Bit of a special day this morning - 7.00am start at Picnic Point, then around the Tuggerah Lake anti-clockwise (up WBD first). Annie Sv led the ride, and Narelle did the tail, with 23 riders all up, including a few picked up on the way.
Ian waved goodbye, then waited patiently for our return. No dramas were encountered as we picked our way carefully across the top of the lake, through Toukley to the fish co-op in Gorokan where we had a small break. Conditions were excellent, with no breeze and sunny skies. By the time we arrived back at T/E at 10.00am it was starting to warm up. But for riding around the lake with cool breezes everywhere, divine! There is a lot of roadworks at Tuggerah, so we just went straight along Wyong Road to Chittaway, to save time.
We finally arrived back at T/E, hungry and tired, and headed towards the CBD for some brekkie at DCE. DCE was packed with customers, but we found one table, then almost straight away other diners decided it was time to leave, so we finished up with enough chairs at tables, only struggled to get out of the hot sun. The staff did a good job looking after us, with no stuffs-up. Richard went straight home to join Pam at some event which he expected to miss. Others there who caught my eye were Sheila and David from Sud Afrique, Doug back after a break, Boston Bill, Glenn and Sue, Steve and Sue, Michelle, JD and Annie who joined us at Noraville, Marshall who joined us at Wyongah, all of whom had to ride home after breakfast, and many more.
There was a beaut hot rod show on at the carpark, so I had a quick scan before heading home, lovely cars! Our Presidente Paul held a tyre mending practice session back in the carpark for many who were keen to get themselves out of trouble, well done all you guys. Thanks to Annie and Narelle, and everyone who made the effort to get up early and join us. A very pleasant ride with cycling mates!
Danny
Sunday 7 February 2016 - Norah Head for Coffee
Hi all
Sunday's ride was a pearler with 26 participants, a good show up. Narelle did an excellent job leading and Anne did a great job at the back. I was glad to see one of my Thursday riders joining in as it was a bit harder than she is used to and she did well. Danny’s report is below, not sure if you are all aware that a ride report is published each week on our web site.
Fred was on his old bike as his frame broke on the new bike and he is expecting to get a new frame so should be back speeding along again soon. I was particularly glad to see Lance riding with us helping us along (any one read his book yet on flats? What a legend!), don’t worry just a private joke.
Spoke to Lyn McKenzie and her wrists are getting better so we should start seeing her slowly back in her bike again soon. Also checked up on Heiko, his shoulder is still sore as well as his ankle but lucky nothing broken so as soon as he feels right he’ll be back on his bike again.
Haven’t heard anything from BNSW so frustrating, but as soon as I do I will let the proposed leaders know.
Next week’s ride is an early riser, starts at 7am at Picnic Point, those who don’t know where it is, it’s the parking area near the skate board park near the toilets just before the last bend into the Entrance (Tuggerah Parade, near Manning Road). Check with Google maps if you’re not sure where it is.
Looks like we are all booked into our accommodation at Myrtleford ready for our week away, will be very enjoyable riding and we should be getting some nice Autumn colours by then.
I’ve heard of some ladies and men riding and walking home with a flat tyre. Not a good idea as you can damage your rim and tyre and can get quite expensive, whereas it only takes five minutes to repair or change the tube. So any ladies or gents who would like to learn to change a tyre and fix a puncture, I will do a class after we have coffee, after the ride on Sunday. Bring a spare tube and a puncture kit and some tools to accommodate a tyre change.
Cheers all and ride safe
Paul M.

Danny's Report
On a perfect morning for bicycle riding, twenty-four club members assembled at Wyong River bridge for a pleasant cruise to Norah Head.
Narelle was our esteemed leader, and Annie Sv looked after the other Narelle at the back end. Thanks to those duty personnel. Weather conditions were warm, 5 knot SE breeze, cloudy in parts, and humid. From Wolseley Avenue we took Hillcrest Avenue up to Jensen Road, same as last week, when Naz wasn't there. The corner post system worked very well, so despite the stretched-out nature of the group no-one got lost. That system in case you don't know involves the second rider in the péloton stopping on corners we turn at and waiting till everyone is on the right track.
We persuaded Narelle to go to the Bombora Café rather than the more popular Arc, as the service is much quicker, and seating is assured. And it's quieter. Ian turned up to join us in his new car, a Subaru Outback, after handing in his old Falcon. Which would you rather drive to Adelaide and back?
Barry and I hived off to go straight home at Gorokan, so we hope the club made its way back to Wyong OK. No punctures or accidents today, so the perfect beginners ride, though probably we could have had lessons in mending punctures as part of the training. Thanks everyone for coming and contributing to such an enjoyable ride.
Danny
Sunday 31 January 2016 - Chain Valley Bay (CVB) Choof
Our regular ride up to Chain Valley Bay started in perfect weather, 5 knot NW breeze (see Seabreeze graph© below), about 26°C and a bit cloudy. Sixteen riders started at Wyong, and Linda joined us at Gorokan, making 17 all up, not bad for a tuff ride of 55km (not 65 as promised).
So, me, Richard and Pam, Simon and Josie, Lana, Paul M, Heiko, Shane, Graeme and Meredith, Linda, Diane, Roy C, Boston Bill, Marshall and Michelle, from memory, made our crew for today. Towards Gorokan along Wolseley Avenue, up Hillcrest to Jensen Road, on to Tuggerawong Road where a big plank on the road sent Heiko diving into the nature strip. As leader I should have seen the board and yelled a warning, but with the sunnies on and the light in my eyes, I thought it was a shadow, but when I heard the commotion I turned around to see the spectacular crash. Luckily there is no kerb or drain at this point, just dirt and grass, so Heiko was OK. Along further to Marks Road to the fish co-op where we found Linda sitting under a shady tree.
After a wee break we continued along Main Street, Toukley and on to Budgewoi where we headed for Elizabeth Bay up that old Rutile Road, as they used to call it. With the NE breeze at this stage only 5 knots it was very pleasant in our faces, and not very hot, though the temperature must have been pushing 30° by then.
At the highway we turned right up to CVB Road, left to Mulloway and down into the beautiful downtown CVBN. After a brief rest at Josh Porter Reserve (hope you're remembering all these names) we rode the famous new bike path along Scaysbrook Avenue to Tall Timbers Road and still on the path to the Shopping Centre at Lake Munmorah, where we had m/t, at 10.30am.
From there, straight down the Pacific Highway to Bunnings Lake Haven, except it wasn't that easy. At the turn off from the Motorway Link, Heiko got a flat. We got the message, and waited in the shade next to the 7/11 in San Remo. After 30 minutes we sent Shane up to find out where they were, Simon, Heiko and Paul, but they had gone, and we didn't know where to find them! Somehow they thought we had taken a detour around Emu Drive down to the river, so they missed us and we didn't hear from them till they were back at Wyong. Sheesh! Richard and Pam headed straight for home at Doyalson, and Linda also made for home at San Remo, not waiting for the missing riders.
By this time the NW breeze had strengthened considerably, sometimes a headwind and sometimes a tail. So we were soon back at Base, caught up with the runaways and resolved the issues.
By the time I got home it was 33°C, about 2.00pm I think. Thanks for coming for a bike ride, you guys, very satisfying!
Danny
Seabreeze graph
Sunday 24 January 2016 - Parramatta ride
Hi All
Great ride on Sunday! 14 of us met up at Strathfield and after a nice cuppa coffee and a briefing Sue led us off winding around some back streets and cycleways towards Olympic park then followed the cycleway around to Meadowbank via the old rail bridge converted into a cycleway over the Parramatta river. Continuing on at a nice pace around Meadowbank then followed the cycleway that follows the river towards Parramatta with a few back roads and past the Parramatta Eels Stadium then down over the old weir across the river finally ending up at Parramatta Park where there is a 3k cycleway and walk way around the park that’s very busy for the locals to do there exercising.
After a short break we then headed off on another cycleway back along the river into Parramatta past the ferry wharf with a quick photo shoot and meeting up with Boston Bill to join the group, then on our way again back towards Olympic Park on the other side of the river, winding our way through the park we came to our lunch stop at Newington square (the old athletes village from the 2000 Olympic games).
After lunch we headed off on a tour around Olympic Park winding around up the two lookout hills and the archery shooting range that was in use, before heading off back to Strathfield station for our train ride home.
Great ride and thanks to our leader Sue, and Steve for sweeping the back end. It ended up a nice day weatherwise and cyclewise very enjoyable day out. And thanks to those that showed up, just a nice size group. Photos are here.
Paul M.

Catch you all next ride
Sunday 17 January 2016 - Pearl Beach
Hi All
Sunday's ride didn’t start real good with rain early morning but lucky enough it had stopped as the time was approaching to get to the start of the ride. Weather was cloudy and hoping it wasn’t going to rain as 14 of us were around at the start of the ride to Pearl Beach.
With Roy leading and me as sweep we headed of towards Woy Woy then Umina then towards the climb over the mountain. We all did the climb over to Pearl Beach where we grouped for coffee, Ian waiting patiently for his love to arrive.
After our break and coffee we headed back over the other side. I believe they all attempted the hill back so good going guys. When we regrouped on the other side, Roy took us back towards Woy Woy to regroup then back towards Gosford where some gradually peeled off to head off back home. No punctures or falls and thanks Roy for leading.
Next week we have a new ride to Parramatta via Meadowbank, follow the river to Parramatta then back over Silverwater and a tour of Olympic Park back to Strathfield lead by Sue and Steve starting at Strathfield Station exit on the Southern side grouping at the coffee shop in the plain. Train times Train 7.50am Gosford, 7.37 Tuggerah, 7.34 Wyong to Strathfield, arrives 8.57am.
There is a ride leaders course coming up on the 21st February and I need at least 3-4 names who are willing to help the club out and do the course the club pays the fees so come on and help out.
About the week away ride to the Murray to the Mountains I need your names so I can keep tabs on who is coming.
Thanks to John L’Estrange for leading the Kayakers on Friday and Saturday, Good going guys!
If anyone is interested in riding on Australia day the 26th let me know and we may be able to organise something.
Thanks all take care and ride safe
Paul M.
Sunday 10 January 2016 - The Entrance 4 Coffee
The first good riding day of the year, with temperatures reaching 28°C with no breeze till 11.00am then a slight NE headwind for those of us heading back up Wilfred Barrett Drive (WBD), Magenta. Twenty-three of us concurred (about the conditions), an excellent attendance for this club, at Wyong bridge.
Paul, Richard and Pam all arrived at 0900 then we set off up the Tuggerah Cycleway, after we fixed Michael's flat rear tyre. I think that's where it was anyway. We had another flat later, at Chittaway, which Paul mostly fixed while astride his own bike.
For variety, Paul took us back round the horsey mini-farms behind Mingara, along Beckingham and Palm Valley Roads and Leetes Lane left into Hansen Road, then back to Wyong Road, with plenty of hills for exercise. Along the footpath to Tumbi Road, then Eastern Road to the point where we would have come out if we had turned right at Hansen Road, thus avoiding a long steep hill, thanks Paul.
Nearly to the end of Eastern Road to Bay Village where we snuck under the highway and into the magical realm of Batto Bay. Time for a rest? No, keep on going back to The Entrance, where the joint was jumping with all the holiday-makers, set free at last from the nasty weather. Strangely, the DCE Café was practically deserted (desserted?), so we filled all the seats for them. Usually we have to wait ages, but today my iced coffee was delivered to my table 3 minutes after the order was placed. Well done DCE!
The rest of the ride was to return to Wyong along the bike path, but seeing that the lake was about 3 feet deeper than usual, much of the bike path was under water, so we returned using the available roads. Except for the Toukley contingent who went straight up WBD, for a quick trip home, after about 55km of riding for those of us off the main path. A top ride, thanks Paul for leading, and Annie Sv for sweeping up, and everyone else for coming out in such conditions for a morning out with friends.
Danny
Sunday 3 January 2016 - Umina Ocean Beach for a swim
Hi all
First ride of the new year, with Anne leading and Richard tailing, 17 turned up for a fresh ride in the rain as, after we began, it started to rain and did most of the way to coffee.
With Roy leaving at the RSL we stopped to put our jackets on, or those who had them. Next to leave at Woy Woy were Melisa & Narelle, I presume due to the rain and no jackets. As we worked our way around to Ocean beach not many people out, only us, with a few more wanting to ride in the rain.
As we arrived at Ocean beach surf club for coffee, Ian had the tables reserved thanks Ian. Shane had the first puncture as we arrived and, as we were about to leave, Andrew had one, but he told us to head off and he would ride back alone. With John leaving us to head off home, it left us with 12 to return home. Off we set around some back streets, all was going well until, riding up an incline, Merrilyn slipped and fell onto her knee (ouch), bit of blood as she walked out the pain and then back on the bike to continue. Around to Woy Woy then as we rode along near Koolewong we came across Andrew with another puncture. I stopped to help him as the others kept riding back to Gosford. After we fixed the puncture, we sped back to Gosford, as the others had not long finished. Thanks all who turned up on such a miserable day, and Anne and Richard for leading and sweeping.
Wish you all a happy New year and ride safe.
Paul M.
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