Archive for September, 2015

September 21, 2015

20 Sep 2015 Barwon River Trail and Geelong Botanic Gardens

Down Pakington St in Newtown to Winter’s Cafe for great muesli with yoghurt and fruit. At the end of Pakington St is an entrance to the Barwon River trail. It is very steep but the ride around the river is flat with hardly any hills. The weather was foggy as I had breakfast but by the time I had finished there was brilliant sunshine. Perfect for bike riding. If you go as far as possible the round trip is about 20kms. Just before I got back to the start in Pakington St there is a cafe, Barwon Edge Boathouse, where I stopped for lunch. The place was packed with people, kids, bikes. No wonder on such a beautiful day.
Left the cafe and went back to the motel for a short stop to drop off my wind cheater. Really didn’t need it today. Then straight down Ryrie St to the Geelong Botanic Gardens. There are three sections to the gardens: the 21st Century at the entrance, which is Australian plants; then through the iron gateway to the heritage gardens started in the 1800s. Attractions include urns and fountains through the middle walkway, Geelong’s tiny first customs house towards the rear where the stork sculptures rest (brought to Geelong in 1880s). It is also where the National Trust-listed gingko biloba tree has been living since 1859. The begonia house is worth a look when the blooms are out. Near the kiosk is a fern garden and camellia walk plus plenty of lawn for lounging on a picnic blanket. Spent some time on a seat near the fernery watching a blackbird picking through the leaf mulch. It was very pleasant.
Back to the motel for a well-deserved shower and rest then off to dinner at Khan Curry Hut in Ryrie St, just a couple of blocks away. The fish masala was supposedly mild but not to me! It was good anyway.
Home tomorrow. Short but sweet break!
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September 21, 2015

19 Sep 2015 Melbourne to Geelong

Caught the Vline train to Geelong this afternoon. Made a quick decision to get away this morning. Peter was going to a 50th birthday party and I didn’t really want to join him. Good chance to get my head away from work.

Booked into the Aberdeen Motor Inn after a quick trip in the train. Not far from Geelong station, which is why I picked it. It is very cheap but unfortunately that attracts the wrong crowd. Think I will be woken up late/early tonight when the derros get back.
Did my usual reconnaissance walk to see what is close by. Unfortunately most things, including the foreshore, are about 2kms away. Good that I will get a lot of walking/riding in though. Found the Information Centre on Brougham St just before it was closing. Got a great brochure on walking trails but by the time I got back to the motel it was gone! Oh well the Barwon River trail is not far away. Should be able to find it tomorrow.
Walked down to the Geelong foreshore along from the Western part to Eastern beach. It was a beautiful day and I took many photos. So many colourful bollards of local characters scattered along the trail. Cunningham Pier was where I started. Walked past the Geelong Yacht Club, Fishermen’s Pier, Le Parisien, Eastern Beach promenade with children’s pool. Much the same as when my family went there in school holidays. Spruced up a bit since then though.
Back to the motel for a short rest and a search for somewhere to have dinner. The Elephant and Castle looks not far away and I aim for that. Food is great but it is further than I thought. Beef bourginon and cheese cake were worth going out of my way for. Needed the extra walk to get rid of the dinner.