Time: January 19, 2020 from 11am to 3:30pm
Location: Lorna Cafe, Ferntree Gully
Street: 1053 Burwood Highway
City/Town: Ferntree Gully
Website or Map: https://goo.gl/maps/mjYQz1yqi…
Event Type: ride, scenery, social
Organized By: David Atkinson
Latest Activity: Jan 19
For those of you who are around mid-January, this shortish half-day ride through cool green hills to the far side of the Dandenong Ranges will offer a welcome respite from the heat of a Melbourne summer. It is suitable for all scooters and levels of experience. At 125-kms, absolute beginners might consider this to be a longish ride but it is easily doable. The ride will be taken at a leisurely pace so that we can enjoy the beautiful scenery. The route is very different from David’s previous Dandenong Ranges rides. We’ll transverse the range from west to east mostly keeping away from the main tourist routes then wriggle our way through The Patch bypassing busy Emerald before taking a break for lunch near Gembrook. We then travel through the fruit and berry growing district of Wandin East. A longer route home takes us via Coldstream. We then say our goodbyes at Mitcham. If a shorter ride is preferred, we'll finish with a coffee at Mount Evelyn.
A picnic lunch at or near Gembrook. See post below.
As a teenager in the 1960s, I hated sports days. I never knew what to do with a ball whenever it bounced towards me. I wagged Wednesday afternoon sport once I had been marked off the role and instead took the train home from tech school. With a couple of shillings in my pocket, I would roll my brother’s 1958 Vespa out of the garage and go for a ride. Don’t tell anyone but this was before I was old enough to have a licence. As long as I got back home before mum returned from work, nobody was any the wiser. My favourite destination was the Dandenong Ranges. I remember one particular ride there. It was a chilly winter’s day. Large fluffy white clouds with grey underbellys scudded across the sky producing alternate patterns of bright sunshine, showers and rainbows. The heady sense of exploring the world independent of parents was intoxicating and forever hooked me on Vespas and joy of two-wheel riding. On this ride we will travel along one of the roads I took that day which left me with such a vivid memory. It was dirt then but is now a smooth well-made road. I may just point it out on the day.
Departure Point and Time
Make your own way from the city to our departure point on the eastern outskirts of Melbourne, Lorna Cafe, 1053 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully. This means that once underway, we will quickly leave traffic lights behind us. You can either use Burwood Highway or if coming from the south, Ferntree Gully Road to get there.
We will leave at 11am sharp. The cafe is on a small service road on the lefthand side. Turn left onto the service road at the blue Gateway Shopping Centre sign. By shear coincidence in this g00gle street view image of the sign, there are a couple of club Vespas. Coffee up but no need to eat as lunch is just an hour away. Please arrive with a full tank as there will be no fuel stops on this ride.
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