Bike Victoria - Day 13 - Cowes to Melbourne
- Distance 73km
- Max Elevation 98m
Bike Victoria - Cowes to Melbourne Ride Profile
It was an early start again today so that we would be at the quay in Cowes for the 8.45 passenger ferry to Sandy Point on the Mornington Peninsular. The morning was warm and there were only a few of us up so early on a Saturday.
The boat took about 30 mins, travelling via French Island. Riding up to Hastings the road was fairly quiet. We had planned a route to Frankston, on the other side of the peninsular, from where there our Bike Victoria route could utilise a cycle track all the way up the coast to Melbourne.
To begin with it went well as we safely navigated onto a quiet back road that ran parallel to the busy main road which had no hard shoulder. Then suddenly there was a huge hill ahead and our road went straight up it. So it was back to the main road. There were several sections of cycle track which ran at the side of the railway line but in between we had to brave the busy road with lots of heavy lorries.
At Frankston we had coffee and chatted to a couple slightly younger than us, trying to sell them the idea of selling up and going off travelling. They didn't need much persuading.
From there our Bike Victoria ride follows the coast along the west side. It was a warm sunny day so everyone was out enjoying the weekend. Scantily clad cyclists on their skinny wheeled racing bikes shunned the cycle track and sped past on the road, mums jogged pushing strollers, teenagers on skateboards and families sauntered along creating a nerve racking obstacle course.
From Station Pier there is another cycle track that runs along the side of the tramway all the way to the CBD at Federation Square. The Yarra River bank was even more crowded with lots of cyclists weaving their way through the crowds.
We found a useful guide entitled Melbourne For The Visitor written by a frequent visitor to this great Australian city, John Greaney. Booking accommodation at the 'Space Hotel' on Russell Street we discovered that Melbourne is hillier than we anticipated! The hotel was very reasonable for a city centre at $89 per room but was in the middle of being refurbished so all the public areas were unusable and the reception was in the middle of a building site.
That evening we went for a meal in China Town, then laid on the comfy bed and watched the TV, a treat after 4 weeks camping.
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