Richard Dugdale


Richard Dugdale

I am a retired engineer, born in 1945, who loves cycle touring. I have ridden Lands End John O Groats, C2C, the Three Towers (Blackpool - London -Paris Blackpool), European section of North Sea Cycle Route (Rotterdam to Bergen, 3,500 km), several sportives and trips to Spain and the Alps, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Japan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu (India), Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Australia, including Tasmania and New Zealand. Kyushu Japan, USA, Republic of Ireland and Sicily. I ride several sportives each year and ride one day every week with some retired riders and usually lead a group of the Clitheroe Bike Club each Saturday to keep my fitness up to an acceptable level.
In 2010 I became a CTC Holidays and Tours Manager and lead a family camping week in the Cotswolds.
2011 saw me lead a CTC tour of the Lakes and Dales, moving on each day with panniers and a family camping week in the Ribble Valley in August.
2012 saw a tour of the Western Isles of Scotland and a CTC tour to Yunnan Province in China in October. In 20I3 I ran a tour to Slovenia and have toured in Hokkaido, Japan. In 2014 I did another CTC tour of Lakes and Dales and a tour to Yellowstone Park in America in September. 2015 started off with a tour in Tasmania, Kyushu, Japan. In 2016 I lead a tour on the Gt Ocean Road, Australia and Honshu Japan, followed by Shikoku Japan and the Republic of Ireland in 2017. 2018 started with a tour of Cambodia, Albania in May and doing Oregon, USA, in September. Cuba In January 2019, followed by two tours in Hokkaido Japan again in June. August a two week cycle tour of Shetland and Orkney. In February 2020 I lead a second tour of the Great Ocean Road, Australia.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne February 24th 2020

GOR. Day 20. Warburton Our last day of this tour. A 1 hr train journey to Lilydale to ride the old railway line trail to Warburton and back. A cloudy start but warm and what we would want for the finale. The trains in Australia are good for cyclists since bikes are no problem at. All 12 of us got on the same train to Lilydale whereas in the UK you are lucky to get 2 bikes on. The MYKI card system is also good in Victoria where you buy a card and load it with cash and travel anywhere, paying a maximum of approx $6.50 per day (£3.50). The trail was a bit lumpy all the way with a stiff climb to Mt Evelyn at 7km on a mixture of gravel, concrete and tarmac. Lunch ... read more
Egret .

Oceania » Australia » Victoria February 23rd 2020

GOR Day 19 Melbourne Day off today in Melbourne city. The second time up the Eureka Tower and just as good as the first time with brilliant views on a cloudless day of all the surrounding buildings, river Yarra and the coast. A cruise ship was in the harbour along with the Spirit of Tasmania ready for its evening departure to one of my favourite places. Next was a visit to the Botanical Gardens but were waylaid by the amazing building that is the Shrine of Remembrance. It is like a labrynth inside with excellent exhibits of all the conflicts involving the Australian forces. I would recommend a visit to this by anyone. The Botanical Gardens are also a must see with the extensive variety of plants and trees including the inevitable bird life. We saw ... read more
Princes Bridge

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne February 22nd 2020

GOR Day 18 Parkdale Cool start again but getting to like the no rain forecasts. The food served by Phil Bock and his lovely wife Yuko at the French Island Eco Lodge is first class and enough for cyclists who normally take some filling. The wine is good too and not extortionate. A koala was grunting up a tree outside our cabin at 7am, which was a nice surprise to start our day. Ferry crossing at 9am on a smooth ocean to Stony Point to resume our journey north to Melbourne. Son Paul met us on his bike at the terminal since his wife Kat brought him in the car. Great ride to Hastings along a lovely boardwalk through the mangroves and dunes under a clear blue sky and warm sun. Coffee in Hastings at the ... read more
Today’s Koala .
Hastings coffee break.
Westernport Bay Trail.

Oceania February 21st 2020

GOR Day 17. French Island 2 A better morning to wake up to, although a rather cool breeze from the south - Antarctica. Great breakfast of cereal , fruit, bacon, egg and toast to set us up for the day. Most went off cycling into the great wilderness of French Island, population 120. The island was named in 1802 by a French scientific expedition on board the ship, L'Naturaliste, led by Pierre Bernard Milius. The first European settlers on the island were William and John Gardiner in 1847. They had the first pastoral lease and grazed 8,000 sheep. Access to the island is by ferry from Stony Point on the mainland or from Cowes, Phillip Island. Only locals can have cars on the island and dogs and cats are banned in the National Park, which covers ... read more
Dusty Road

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » French Island February 20th 2020

GOR Day 16. French Island Out into the blustery cold went the Draughty Dozen to be transported to the heaven (to some)that is French Island on the morning ferry. Eventually we found the Eco Lodge and left our panniers before venturing out into the wash board dirt roads. The island store reminded me of a shearing shed but produced some good sandwiches and proper coffee as well as being the island 𝑃𝑜𝑠𝑡 Office. I imagine a life saver utility on such a remote/barren island just 3 km from the mainland with no services provided. They all have to generate their own electricity, find water and create their own water disposal systems. The roads are something else. Soft sand throws you on the bike, the washboard rattles your teeth and the puddles are a swimming bath in ... read more
THE Post Office .

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cowes February 19th 2020

GOR Day 15. Phillip Island. Poor sort of breakfast this morning with two slices of toast. I can’t eat yoghurt which was the other half. Off at 9am when the rain stopped, although we got little bits of rain later and a massive downpour when some of us were luckily in the Vietnam Veterans Museum. The route took us on a nice boardwalk track in a boggy forest which was good until a tree had fallen across the boardwalk. The bike had to be lifted down and somehow make way through the undergrowth meanwhile looking for snakes. As Rhyll was approached we found the wind, which was quite ferocious and whipping up the sea. Next to the Vietnam Museum to see how deeply the Australians were involved and to see some of the original tanks, trucks, ... read more
Vietnam War Museum.

Oceania February 18th 2020

GOR Day 14. Stony Point. The forecast was right. Rain, followed by rain, followed by rain. We were away at 0730 for an excellent and speedy breakfast in Blairgowrie, 6 km away from our hotel, and we only managed to lose two riders at that point. They had to have breakfast in Rosebud. The rain dampened things a bit after breakfast but the sun came out briefly by Rosebud and we could cycle on the Bay Trail which was interesting along the coast. (Whoa, we are just having thunder and lightening as I write this as we wait for the ferry to Philip Island. Big flashes and big noise, flowed by rain). I stopped in Dromana to look at the history board telling the story of how it was developed before Melbourne in the early 1800’s. ... read more
Gents Toilet
Ladies Toilet

Oceania » Australia » Victoria February 17th 2020

GOR Day 13 Sorrento Again, proper Ozzie weather to wake up to at 5.45am jumping in the only male bathroom before the hordes appeared. Then back to bed for an hour with the horizon a nice red colour. Since I could only find cafes for breakfast opening at 9am we had an 8.15 gathering to head for the ferry and planned to eat in Sorrento. We found a cafe at the ferry which opened at 7am and could have accommodated us but made do with a brew of tea or coffee. Nice crossing on a sunny morning before a slow breakfast in Sorrento, as planned, and a sandwich bought for our lunch. The Sorrento Beach Motel (with no beach) was ready for us at 11am so we dropped off our bags and explored Nepean Point. It ... read more
Circa 1902.
The ferry queue

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Queenscliff February 16th 2020

GOR Day 11. Queenscliff I love Queenscliff and what a lovely day to travel there from Geelong. We were a bit sad to leave the Gatehouse on Ryrie, despite its lack of en-suite facilities, due to its old world quaintness. The day started a bit dull and we had a headwind for much of the way making it hard riding on the long straight roads. There was a nice cycle route just before 13th Beach with the big rolling waves off to our right. The Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary were having a Koala talk when we arrived which was very good and we saw a large male and several females munching away on gum tree leaves. There was a good variety of birds, including Kookaburras, tawny frogmouth owls, kestrels, lorikeets and parrots etc. Obviously we saw kangaroos, ... read more
𝐴𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑎𝑛 Tick Knee
Kangaroos .
Flying Fox

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong February 15th 2020

GOR Day 10. Geelong The weather picked up a bit yesterday with just the odd small shower as I went to McDonalds with Bill to sample some genuine 𝐴𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑎𝑛 food before dinner at 6.30. I am getting to like this old Gate House on Ryrie. Was it a toll house? The kitchen has an old cast iron gas oven and hob which looks to be 1940’s 1950’s like my grandparents had when I was a little boy wearing a liberty bodice and a thumb in my mouth. Breakfast was cereal and toast before we went to see the Geelong Botanical Gardens with some exotic plants and trees. Following this we headed east to peruse the bay and look at some of the 108 sculpted bollards created from the old pier timbers since 1995 by artist Jan ... read more
Black Spider  Plant

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