GOR Day 9. Geelong. A great meal of Indonesian stir fry last night at the busy Torquay Hotel, perhaps the best $26 I have ever spent, followed by a pleasant walk along the sea front in the wind at dusk. Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday. Warm sunny day as we left Torquay cycling along the seafront which is always a pleasure after a breakfast at Miami, a few doors from the hotel. After Horseshoe Bend Road we turned onto Boundary Rd only to find that it was blocked after the B100 dual carriageway. We rode to the next junction and eventually got back onto Boundary Rd again to take us into Waurn Ponds. I remember having problems on this section in 2016 when we had to lift our bikes and panniers over a gate to cross this road. Bunnings hardware store was our coffee stop before climbing to Wandana Heights and over the hill down to Buckley Falls to join he Barwon River. The route to the city along the river was very picturesque even though by then the light rain had started and there were puddles to ride through. We just arrived at the Gatehouse On Ryrie accommodation
just as the rain came on heavier. Well all except Bill who seems to be riding drag all the time. The hotel is an old fashioned place which I expect has not changed in the 127 years since it was built, it is clean and comfortable and very handy for the town. Our bikes are now stored in the garage, resting during our two night stay. I hope our legs get the same chance after all the hills we seem to find. The rain is pouring and not conducive to going out for dinner. Oh dear!
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 gr... full info