In 2010 & 2011 we had a Lilydale to Warburton & return “Lunch in Warby” ride along the rail trail
on the Easter Saturday and both were popular, well attended and much enjoyed by all – so I propose that we do it all again this year. This year Easter Saturday is 7th April. This is a scenic social ride conducted at a leisurely pace suitable for family groups & senior citizens. Anyone who wants to step up the pace after lunch and go ahead of the bunch on the return journey is very welcome to do so.
For those who haven’t been before and would like to know more there is heaps of information and lotsa photos in the old threads. Most information about distances, grades, track surfaces, suitable bikes & tyres is there, but if you can’t find what you want I’m also happy to answer questions and/or provide further information.
the 2010 thread is HERE
the 2011 thread is HERE
The starting times are initially governed by the times that the metro trains arrive at Lilydale. At this moment the METLINK
website says the two most likely trains are the 7:30 & 7:50AM trains from Flinders Street – arriving 8:37 & 8:55 respectively. Those on the 7:30 train need to change at Ringwood – the 7:50 goes straight through. (We’ll check that timetable again closer to the date)
In 2010 & 2011 most people opted to drive & start at the COG cafe at Mt Evelyn and a few started from the highway crossing at Wandin so they didn’t have to ride up the hill to the COG at the end of the ride. If you want to do a shorter ride, the group usually stops at the Carriage Cafe, Seville
and you can park the car quite close to this. Accordingly, I suggest that we adopt the following start times
Lilydale Station 9:00AM (I’ll be here to meet everyone coming by train)
COG cafe (Mt Evelyn) 9:30AM
Wandin 9:45AM (The carpark where the trail crosses the highway)
Carriage Cafe, Seville Coffee stop 10:10 – 10:45AM Map to cafe HERE
Because I’m confident that this ride will be well attended it’s probably not necessary to make up one of those ever-reposting lists but if people feel that they like to do so (or if they think it’s more sociable) then I don’t mind at all – up to you. Perhaps we could have some questions, comments, encouragement & discussion first and then introduce the attendees list closer to the date?