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Published: February 7th 2020
GOR. Day 2
I am fed up of this sunny, warm weather in February (just joking).
Decent sleep for first night until about 4.30am and then dozed a bit before finishing and sending my blog. So here we are with a bit more boring news of some mad cyclists down under who set off at 9.05 after Ken had sorted himself out. Off we went following a route on my Garmin which persisted in telling me to go in the opposite direction, the stupid machine, making me look a right fool. Or maybe it was reflecting the true me? Whatever, I had to eat humble pie and be directed by all and everyone around this fabulous city of Melbourne. The route took us onto a pleasant cycleway alongside the upper stretches of the Yarra river with plenty of greenery, trees and foot bridges over the river with steps and a groove for the bike wheel to follow as you navigated the steps. The Collingwood Children’s Farm, which was just past the Abbotsford Convent, had some very fine looking horses outside in the field plus a flock of Ibis grazing the scarce grass reserves. Upon leaving the river we headed west
onto the Capitol Cycleway through Brunswick where we stopped at a bike shop for some riders to have a few adjustments done to their bikes and we then had our obligatory coffe and cake next door. This turned out to be the same shop the Chris bought a new Surly bike from yesterday. Peter spent his entire weekly pension on a new bell to help on the cycleways to clear it of unruly pedestrians who were not aware of our need to claim the whole path for ourselves. Eventually we headed south and followed the path beneath some spectacular concrete flyovers before fighting our way across several busy roads with endless traffic lights which took three days to change in our favour. Being Melbourne there were quite a few cycleways and shared footpaths which increased the safety along the dock area and a marvellous cycleway all the way along the coast to St Kilda where we several had a lunch of shark and chips. St Kilda is a nice piece of coast line with a shipping berth deep enough for large cruise ships such as the Carnival Spirit which was docked as we passed. Leaving St Kilda heading north towards
Near Westgate bridge
the CBD we passed the Melbourne Botanic Gardens but could not resist going to have a look so we had a walk around seeing some quite exotic trees and plants including some quite unusual cacti. The road dropped down to the Yarra river again and we followed it right into the CBD which was crowded with tourists mostly going about their business of wandering in front of us (as if they owned the space they were stood in). After turning right across the Sandridge footbridge leading to the Flinders Street Railway Station we dropped to the river bank before climbing up a ramp leading to the crossing of Wellington Parade and then east to Georgian Court and a finish at 4.15 in 27 degrees of sunshine.
A good meal at the Hollywood Pizza on Bridge Road, Richmond and then another go at overcoming jet lag. Bye until tomorrow.
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