Category Archives: Destinations

Darley v Melton South

Bushwalk • Trentham • Football

This morning started off getting some of my stuff ready for tomorrow. There’s a thing we’re doing for Camera Club, but more on that tomorrow. One thing I did though was set up my GoPro to record photos for a time lapse. Less about what I was capturing and more about making sure I would be able to fit almost a whole daytime onto the GoPro’s card and making sure it would keep going all day. It does and it did, you can see below 3,272 images in a my test time lapse, so we’re right to go for tomorrow.

GoPro Set up and taking photos

Having said that, as you can see, because the GoPro is silver, and we’ll also be shooting through glass tomorrow, we’re going to need to cover the front of the device in something black. Will have to make him a little face guard tomorrow out of some cardboard me thinks.

So while that was all happening, we figured we’d go for a little nature walk, we have so much wilderness around us it seems a shame to waste it. We needed to get out before the rains came so we picked a place and off we head.

We decided to go back to Lerderderg State Forest, however this time we’d go deeper in from our side and looked up O’Brien’s Crossing. Driving along roads probably not intended for our Toyota Camry, we stopped a couple of times where we could find cell signal to check our progress, and we finally made it to the Crossing.

There were a bunch of people camping there by the river. Seems like a great spot for it, but at this time of the year everything is constantly damp and the threat of yet more rain is enough to make me not want to go camping around this season. But it seems there are those who live for this stuff.

David and I went for a stroll along the banks away from the campers, taking in the river and the sites as we went along. It’s always cool to see the cube-shaped droppings of wombats near the water, it shows there’s plenty around that area. We snapped some pics as we walked along before turing back for the car. The walk on the side we picked wasn’t very long and the clouds above were becoming more gloomy.

O'Brien's Crossing
O'Brien's Crossing
O'Brien's Crossing
O'Brien's Crossing
O'Brien's CrossingPossible Platypus holes? [above]

Just as we got into the car the rain came down. As we drove away from the O’Brien’s Crossing it started bucketing down, and thus an end came to our bush walking for the day.

We decided to head out of Lederderg State Park on the opposite side we came in, take a right and head up to Trentham. Folks talk about the place like it’s a little gem, so we thought we’d better check it out given we were not far away. Passing through Blackwood there wasn’t much to look at; a local pub, corner store and a couple of little shops, the main industry in Blackwood seems to be beer and Bed & Breakfast places.


Trentham was not far from Blackwood, and if I’m honest I didn’t even notice the other town you pass through to get there, Barry’s Reef, maybe it’s just a one street place, off the main? Arriving in Trentham you could tell it was as everyone says, a lovely little town. Well-maintained period buildings line the couple of streets that make up the main part of town. We braved the rain and walked the sidewalks to see what was what in Trentham. Like Blackwood, Trentham’s trade seems to be food and beverage service, however it differs in that it also has a few nick knack stores thrown in. They were all lovely, but all pretty expensive. Clearly this is a tourist town.

We thought about having lunch in town, but decided against it when a bakery was selling a pie with a side salad for $12. At $12 for a meat pie and salad, there’d better be a bunch of salad on the plate. Another time perhaps we’ll partake, but as we weren’t particularly hungry, we passed on the expensive fare.

There is a store in town, I forgot to get the name of, that had some pretty cool stuff in it. They had a little TARDIS, though when I say little I mean one a kid could fit in, they also had lots of Pinocchio statues, movie memorabilia, and other strange curios. Attached was another store selling homewares and the like. Of particular interest was an indian headdress that I wouldn’t mind getting one day as a shoot prop, but at $100 today was not the day.

Maybe we should have checked out the other attractions, like Trentham Falls, but with the rain coming and going we’d decided to leave it to another day with better weather.

On the way home we stopped in at a little nursery, Blackwood Ridge, off the track. A great little set up, but I can’t see how they do much business where they are given you pass two other “nursery and garden” places before you get to his. But he is relatively inexpensive, so we may venture back there when we have our plans for the gardens at the new house sorted.

After the nursery we found ourselves headed toward a local reservoir and decided to check it out, it’s massive and appears to be open for motor boats and jet skis, one of the latter taking advantage of the short run of sun we had, was hooning along the top of the water. It would be a good picnic place, with a park for little kids.

Finally home, we had the pizza left over from last night (we went to Saprano’s) and we took a look at our photos from the morning while I checked on the GoPro to make sure it was still going.

Deciding we needed to retrieve supplies for dinner, we head off to Foodworks, but took our cameras along to stop at the local footy oval to capture some snaps of the game in progress. It was Darley (112) v Melton South(69) at Darley Park. We haven’t taken photos of any local football but it was a good experience. With our limited equipment (certainly not that of a sports photographer) I think we did all right. David will probably add some to his Flickr if he finds any he likes. Mine, below, are blurry at times, but lets just say it adds to the sense of movement. We’ll probably hit up a few more games to hone our skills.

2014 Red Onion Creative Seniors - Round 8 - Darley v Melton South
2014 Red Onion Creative Seniors - Round 8 - Darley v Melton South
2014 Red Onion Creative Seniors - Round 8 - Darley v Melton South
2014 Red Onion Creative Seniors - Round 8 - Darley v Melton South
2014 Red Onion Creative Seniors - Round 8 - Darley v Melton South
2014 Red Onion Creative Seniors - Round 8 - Darley v Melton South
2014 Red Onion Creative Seniors - Round 8 - Darley v Melton South
2014 Red Onion Creative Seniors - Round 8 - Darley v Melton South
Still not sure if this dude’s hair is real?

That’s about it for the day, I’m about to turn in, I have a long day tomorrow with the Witness King Tides event, making some money for the camera club, along with other members who have volunteered. It should be an interesting day.

My Bike on the backroads of Werribee

Ride Update

It’s my baby, he’ll be getting a stablemate in about a month. Not sure what type of bike to get though. Will be either a hybrid or a road bike. Still deciding. Need something a little younger (he’s about 12 years old) and in better condition for the 135km Bupa Around the Bay ride on Oct 20. It seems so close now. 😱

I’ve only done a total of 872km in the last 5 months. Should probably be doing more to be conditioned, with spring hopefully we’ll see nicer weather and therefore longer rides.

Top of the Hill in Altona

Bike Ride: Point Cook to Williamstown

This last weekend I managed to ride twice, covering a distance of 125km, I was hoping to do the 135kms but my calculations were off a little and an fierce accident saw me a little rattled to make up the extra ten kilometres.

It was a great ride. I left my house, road down one road and then I was on a shared bike/walking track… all the way to Williamstown. For about 35kms I was on the one path. A great resource we have down here is all our bike paths.

Above are some of the images captured with my GoPro, my iPhone (the top pano) and my DSLR (the bike on the beach). Usually I’d make a time lapse of my GoPro photos but I messed it all up yesterday. I did make a time lapse of most of the ride the day before, you can view that on Vimeo.

So the ride to Williamstown was relatively straight forward. I strayed from the path a little to try and find the entrance to the wetlands, I was going to ride through them to take a look around, but recent developments in Sanctuary Lakes made it too hard to find so I returned to the track, this was probably part of the reason for the disparity in the 35km out, but only 25kms back.

I came across the scene in top panorama that I didn’t even know existed until now. Behind the basketball centre in Altona. The 100 Steps of Federation and the Hobsons Bay Millennium Time Capsule are tucked away, largely hidden from the road and only found by riders, walkers and those in the know. It was a great spot for a rest and to check out the view.

Next major spot was Altona Beach. I had to ding a few folks out of the way as they cluttered the path unmoving. A couple of kids were walking and I dinged and I heard the boy say to the girl: “You know what you’re supposed to do when you hear that? Step left. He’s just telling us he’s passing”. A well informed kid. I sometimes feel bad about sounding my bell, I worry folks think I’m telling them off for being on the path… but I’m just saying, “I’m here, about to pass you, be aware”.

The path then winds it’s way along the water, past the doggy beach and all the way to Williamstown Beach where you encounter people walking aimlessly on the bike path, rather than on the walking path (one of the few places they are split). I finally felt that frustration so many cyclists expound. Pedestrians stepping into your way, you breaking quickly or darting out of the way. Some pedestrians who clearly think you should be somewhere else and are offended that you’ve dinged your bell.

I finished the first part of my ride on the Williamstown foreshore, a view of the city and the myriad of boats bobbing in the water. I grabbed a drink and a pie for lunch before heading home.

It was the same path home and should have been quite uneventful but on one part, about ten kilometres from home, I was going quite fast and put my bike up a gear so I didn’t have to peddle so fast. Sadly my bike doesn’t like being in that year, it flipped the chain, the chain got jammed and I was thrown off the bike. I went flying then sliding along the ground. My head hit and then the right side of my body. There was a loud crack as my helmet did it’s job protecting my head.

I have scrapes on my leg, knee, hip shoulder, upper arm and forearm. Thankfully though only a small bruise on my head from my helmet. Had I not been wearing a helmet, going as fast as I was and landing the way I did, I have little doubt I’d have been down for the count.

A nice lady, the only other person in sight, came up to me and said “Are you all right? I just watched that happen in slow motion.” I told her I was fine and nothing was broken. She told me she wasn’t leaving until I was absolutely sure. Even as far away as she was she heard the helmet break. It took a little convincing, but soon she was on her way.

I wanted to stop, to call David and have him come get me. I was a little defeated. Then I thought “no, get on with it you slacker, you’ve ridden this far, you’ll be letting yourself down if you don’t finish”. So I rode the last ten kilometres with a little less effort and I stopped a few times to rest my battered body. But made it home.

Details of the ride:

  • Total ride time: 3:27:39
  • Total distance: 62.2km
  • Avg speed: 3:20/kilometre

I still have a long way to go if I want to make sure i can finish the 135km ride in the Bupa Around the Bay ride on October 20th… not much time to train. Hopefully I’ll get there.

Until I heal, showering and sleeping are not my friends. I did however think of a new product while I was riding, an accessory for the GoPro… might have to look into Kickstarting it. :D

The top of the hill
Bike On Tour of Melbourne
Bike On Tour of Melbourne
Scenes from a bike ride 20130901
Scenes from a bike ride 20130901
Scenes from a bike ride 20130901
Scenes from a bike ride 20130901
Scenes from a bike ride 20130901