Once again I find that the month has just flown by and it’s definitely time to post about an end of month ride!
This ride is in two sections – partly due to the weather forecast (which isn’t currently as promising as I’d like) and partly to encourage new riders to come along and no be put off by the not-as-long-as-you-might-think ride back to Melbourne.
The ride to and from ShadowFax Winery is all on a share path. There is one short but somewhat deep gravel section (30m or so on a slope) that you may find better to dismount and walk your Brompton. At one point along this section we might even be able to sneak a peak at some of the animals across the river at Werribee Open Plains Zoo!
For people travelling by train from Melbourne
Meet at Southern Cross Station, Platform 11
Meet by 10am to catch the 10:10am train to Werribee
ETA at Werribee is 10:58am
Myki zones covered: 1 & 2
Meet at Werribee Train Station by 11:00am
Stage 1 ride length: approx 7km each way
Route gradient: undulating, but not overly challenging. There are some open flats which could be more exposed to the weather.
Destination: ShadowFax Winery alternatively there’s a cafe at Werribee Mansion; we could check as we ride by whether it’s open or not.
As usual, you should bring appropriate clothing including a waterproof layer, Myki, money, etc. There is a pleasant and spacious outdoor area at ShadowFax where we can hopefully find a nice place to park ourselves (and our bikes) on the lawn or at tables and relax. The ShadowFax kitchen opens at 11:45am of a weekend.
Afterwards you can choose to catch a train back to the city or ride the approx 32km back to Docklands. Double-check the PTV app prior to Sunday if you think you might catch the train back, as it’s currently advising the service stops at Flagstaff, and you need to change trains (or ride) to get back to Southern Cross.
The ride back from Werribee to Dockland follows the Federation Trail, and is almost entirely on an off-road share path – at least until we get to Brooklyn (the suburb north of Altona North) and then we’ll be on roads with bicycle lanes for a few kilometres until we get to Whitehall Street and Footscray Road. It’s pretty flat and sometime quite exposed. Unless the forecasted wind direction really swings around, we should at least have a tail wind for much of the way which will make the ride a whole lot easier.
Can’t make it this Sunday or just keen for more? Stay tuned; I’ll post shortly about a ride in Geelong on Sunday 8 September (yes, the weekend after Father’s Day) and confirm details of our next Brompton Maintenance Session at Brompton Junction (Sunday 22 September).
In the meantime, happy Bromptoneering! : D