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I Finished the Great Victorian Bike Ride

I have just finished the Great Victorian Bike Ride. The ride was over 9 Days from the 28th  November to

Tent City

Tent City

the 6th December 2009.  This year’s ride went from Portland to Geelong along the Great Ocean Road being a Total of 547km.

The Great Victorian Bike Ride is a mobile tent city, with trucks carrying toilet blocks, shower blocks and our water supply.

Day 1 Saturday 28th November, We started in Portland and rode to Cape Bridgewater and back to Portland 53km. We all got quite wet as it was raining on and off all day.  Saturday night was quite terrible for anyone who was a in a tent as we received some strong winds and about 50mm of rain.

Day 2 Sunday 29 November, We started in Portland and rode to Macarthur 66km,   Again today we had rain showers in the morning along the ride. Tonight we camped on 5 farm paddocks and the local football oval. Macarthur is a small country town in south west Victoria with 300 people.

Day 3 Monday 30 November, We left Macarthur and rode to Port Fairy 48km, We had rain shower early in the morning and then it cleared up.  Most riders got in early before lunch so most of us were able to go exploring Port Fairy.

Day 4 Tuesday 1 December, From Port Fairy we Rode to Port Campbell 100km, We rode past London Bridge and the bay of islands

karen & Rob great Victoria bike ride in fro of bay of isle

Karen & Rob on the Great Victoria Bike Ride in front of the bay of isle

along the great Ocean Road the last 20km was a hard dlog as we had to ride against the wind.

Great Ocean Road Twelve Apostle

Great Ocean Road Twelve Apostles

Day 5 Wednesday 2 December, We started in Port Campbell and rode to Apollo Bay 97km. Today was the hardest ride of all with three climbs one being Lavers Hill. I started the ride today at 6.30pm and Finished at 4pm but the ride was quite specular riding past the Twelve Apostles and ride through the Otways National park.

Day 6 Thursday 3 December , Rest Day. Today our muscles had the chance to recover from the previous two days ride.  This afternoon we had some petty strong winds about 40knots if not more.  We had to have someone in the tent to hold it down as a lot of other tents where turning inside out and broke their tent poles in two. The wind final died down around 8.30pm.

Day 7 Friday 4 December, We started in Apollo Bay and rode to Anglesea 78km, Today was an enjoyable ride along the great ocean road with mild hill climbs and great down hills runs.

Day 8 Saturday 5 December,  We left Anglesea and rode to Queenscliff 64km, Today we rode past Bells Beach and Jan Juc and through Torquay and Barwon Heads and camped on the foreshore at Queenscliff which is not normally allowed.

Day 9 Sunday 6 December, We started in Queenscliff and finished in Eastern park in Geelong 41km, Today was the last leg of the Great Victorian  Bike Ride.  It was Great to finished the ride. Its so good to be going home to my own bed tonight.

The bike riders 5000 of them descend on the towns like human locusts, they eat they sleep, they depart for the next town. The 500 volunteer cook and feed the riders with entertainer from the local towns coming into entertain the riders at the end of each day.

I highly recommend the bike ride, just make sure you are ready by trained for it before hand.  So that you can get your body use to being in the bike seat for that long.


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