MBTC touring the Otways and Shipwreck Coast

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MBTC touring the Otways and Shipwreck Coast

Postby il padrone » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:01 am

We did a 6 day tour of the Otways and Shipwreck Coast. Glenno and Jon came
along.

Day 1 - Disembarked the train at Winchelsea, then discovered my tent bag left on the train :o. So
the route was changed to take in Birregurra and the bag was collected off the return
service at 1.05pm. Lunch in Birre then we rode to Forrest (very hot) and we visited the
brewery (maybe a mistake). Hard 7 kms ride to Lake Elizabeth for camp - beer caused the
legs to lag.

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Day 2 - We stayed put at Lake Elizabeth reducing our exertions on this horrible 41C
day. Morning walk to the lake and around it. Afternoon was spent staying as cool as
possible, mostly sitting in or near the creek.

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Day 3 - Glenno decided to go back to Birregurra and home. The heat had gotten to him
(and I don't think the Alfine 11 is a good choice for summer mountain tours). We
continued over Mt Sabine, down the Wild Dog Ck Rd to Apollo Bay. The town was extremely
busy with a market and it being Saturday. After lunch we rode on to Bimbi Park at Cape
Otway via the Parker Spur Track. Nice campsite, lots of koalas about.

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Day 4 - We returned to the Great Ocean Road and followed it to Glenaire, took the Old
Ocean Rd then went in to Johanna Beach and rode up the Old Coach Rd and Hider Access
back the the GOR. Hard work, many steep pinches. We continued to Princetown and camped
here.

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Day 5 - Did the tourist thing, 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge then stopped in at Port
Campbell for morning tea. Jon headed off to Camperdown here. Matthew and I relaxed
about town, then had a pleasant lunch under the Norfolk Pines. We rode on via London
Arch to Peterborugh. Great tailwinds.

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Day 6 - We rode out past the Bay of Islands then inland to Nirranda punching into a
cross/headwind. We then turned east to Curdie Vale and Timboon with a tailwind. Enjoyed
lunch here and a visit to the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. Bought a couple of nice
bottles. We rode along the Timboon Railtrail (slow going) to Cobden, then in rainy
conditions took to the road for a fast run to Camperdown to catch the train.

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This was our route for the tour.

Overall a great tour, and it has me thinking about a club weekend tour out of
Camperdown to Timboon and beyond to the coast some time soon.

More photos here as well.
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Re: MBTC touring the Otways and Shipwreck Coast

Postby Mike Ayling » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:43 pm

Interesting ride, Pete.

It looks as if we are going to have to put up with the hot weather for some time this summer.

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Re: MBTC touring the Otways and Shipwreck Coast

Postby thecaptn » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:16 pm

Look's like a really nice trip, great photo's.

Can't you get metre's/Km's on this map site or are you just being old fashioned?

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Re: MBTC touring the Otways and Shipwreck Coast

Postby KenGS » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:03 pm

thecaptn wrote:Look's like a really nice trip, great photo's.

Can't you get metre's/Km's on this map site or are you just being old fashioned?

Pete

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Re: MBTC touring the Otways and Shipwreck Coast

Postby thecaptn » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:41 pm

KenGS wrote:
thecaptn wrote:Look's like a really nice trip, great photo's.

Can't you get metre's/Km's on this map site or are you just being old fashioned?

Pete

Just above the green line at the top right hand side in very small print is an option to change Units

So he's just old fashioned then.
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Re: MBTC touring the Otways and Shipwreck Coast

Postby il padrone » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:25 pm

Nah, I posted the route up in Kms and metres. No idea what happened when I reloaded the page :?
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Re: MBTC touring the Otways and Shipwreck Coast

Postby rifraf » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:22 pm

Looks to have been a great trip IP.
Glad you got your tent back - phew that was close. :shock:
I'm not a fan of the Victoria rainfall but am green with envy with how active the touring club is. :mrgreen:
I think if I had an Alfine 11 I'd be wanting a very small front chainring.
Great pics - thanks for sharing
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Re: MBTC touring the Otways and Shipwreck Coast

Postby il padrone » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:33 pm

rifraf wrote:I'm not a fan of the Victoria rainfall but am green with envy with how active the touring club is. :mrgreen:

Someone seems to have turned off the tap just lately. Yes the club keeps a pretty active program of rides running as a rule.

rifraf wrote:I think if I had an Alfine 11 I'd be wanting a very small front chainring.

Glenno does have a pretty small chain-ring - about 32 I think. You may be able to make it out in this photo (he's in the middle with the helmet brim). It was a hot day (~39C) so we're all looking a bit grim :(

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