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Sunday, 19 July '20 - St Ives carpark to West Head, return via Akuna Bay

*      8am from Turramurra station  -  74km  - ETR Turramurra station 1.45am

*      8:30am rollout from St Ives carpark   -   60km  -  ETR St Ives  12.10pm

*      8:50m from Terrey Hills Fruit Barn  -  48km  -  ETR Fruit Barn  11:45am

WHO, WHEN, WHERE:

Ride Organiser, Phil Johnston aka Bank Teller [1st Acceptor] is starting from Turramurra station at 8am after catching train 7.05am from Milsons Point.

Eric aka PapaBear [2nd Acceptor], Ann aka ToothFairy [3rd Acceptor],  Michael aka GoodMorningVietnam [5th Acceptor], Barry aka BackPacker  [8th Acceptor] are starting from St Ives carpark at 8:30am.
Pete aka CampyAficinado  [4th Acceptor], and Jane aka NeoLuddite  [6th Acceptor] are starting from Terrey Hills Fruit Barn at 8:50am.

Chris aka RecalcitrantBankTeller [7th Acceptor] hopes to meet us at our 1st Nosh Stop at Akuna Bay from 10:50am.

 Alan aka PharLap, , , Bill aka Glasgow, Peter aka AnotherBeanCounter  Kev aka TexDubbo     David aka TreeHugger

 APOLOGIES:
If you think you are 80% confident to start, subject to being greeted by a fine morning, please e-mail BankTeller and he will add you above.

SNAPSHOT
Rollout from East side of Gordon station to St Ives carpark, West Head (Sag Stop pack nibbles).  Return via Akuna Bay.

SagStop:

1.      Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant                                       (5 min)

2.      West Head Lookout                                                  (15 min)
NoshStops:

1st:    Akuna Bay                                                               (30 min)

2nd:   Mischica Cafe, St Ives                                              (20 min)

1st Leg:  Turramurra station to St Ives carpark - 7.5km - 25 min

8am cycle via Eastern Rd, R into Boomerang, Ahead into Pentacost Ave, Left into Mona Vale Rd - arriving St Ives carpark at 8:25am. 

2nd Leg:  St Ives carpark to West Head Lookout - 30km - 85 min (agg 37km from Turramurra)
Depart St Ives car-park 8:30am:

  • E along Mona Vale Rd for 6.2km arriving from 8:45am outside the Fruit Barn;

  • L into Myoora Rd for 3.2km to Booralie Rd

  • Right along Booralie Rd for 350m to Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant Sag Stop 5 min

  • Left down McCarrs Creek Rd and enter Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park for 3km to "V" (dual entrances to the park);

  • R at the "V" anti-clockwise and descend 3km to McCarrs Creek;

  • L over bridge for 1.8km to "T" juncture (Akuna Bay Marina is 2.8km on LHS);

  • Ahead 12km along West Head Rd to West Head Lookout.

Pack lots of nibbles, cause we take our Sag Stop (15 min) from 9:55am for a snack and a gawk at the majestic, shimmering blue peninsula.

3rd Leg: West Head Lookout to Akuna Bay - 15km - 40 min - (agg 64km from Turramurra)
Depart West Head 10.10am - arrive
Akuna Bay 10:50m for 1st Nosh Stop (30 min).

 

4th Leg: Akuna Bay to St Ives carpark - 16km - 55 min - (agg 80km from Turramurra)
Depart
Akuna Bay 11:15am via Illawong Bay and Cottage Point Rd to arrive St Ives carpark 12.10pm for 2nd Nosh Stop (20 min) at Mischica Cafe. 

 

 

 

 

5th Leg: St Ives to Gordon station, via the main drag - 7km - 15 mins - (agg 87km from Turramurra)

Depart Mischica Cafe 12.30pm, arrive Turramurra station 1:45pm.  

 

Risk Warning
Cycling Blackspot Warning. 
The road section approx 300m prior to the West Head Lookout veers awkwardly to the right.  It is narrow with very little camber to facilitate cyclists holding the narrowing roadway.
Bank Teller has documentary evidence of 6 bad accidents when inexperienced cyclists descended that road section too fast and spin off the LHS.  One cyclist remained in a comma for 3 months.  Another cyclist who was heli-lifted out on Sunday 9 Nov remained in the Spinal Unit at RNSH -  Bank Teller visited him on Sat 2 Jan '10.
Descend to the West Head Lookout slowly and warn others to do likewise. 
RTA, which is responsible for West Head Rd, has been negligent in ignoring Bank Teller's three letters
dated 11 Jan '08, 8 Feb '08 and 29 March 08 and Annexure to -
a)      straighten approx 200m of that road section by widening on the RHS,
b)      build up the camber on the LHS, and
c)      provide dedicated "Cyclists Descend Slowly" signage at the top of the descent.

 

Some forms of cycling are dangerous.  An ave of 36 Australian cyclists have been killed annually since 2000.  95% of these fatalities occur on the road Other cyclists in Australia break bones and incur nerve impairment from falling off their bikes in accidents. 
A cyclist could fall from his/her bike, inter alia, due to -
(i)      being hit by a car or another cyclist; or
(ii)     encountering a pothole;
(iii)    cycling too fast on a wet downhill where the coefficient of friction is much less, particularly at corners; or
(iv)    getting their bicycle wheel caught in a gap in a timber bridge.

A negligent cyclist could -

(a)    be litigated by a seriously injured cyclist, or 3rd party (ie. a woman pushing a pram on a footpath or a car driver) under common law where the damages could exceed $500,000; and

(b)    lose his/her home if he/she did not have public liability insurance which covers their negligence whilst on a push bike.

A negligent cyclist who did not have personal injury insurance (ie self-employed without income protection cover) could struggle to meet regular outgo commitments.

A seriously injured cyclist could be awarded damages which a negligent cyclist could not afford to pay if the negligent cyclist -
(I)     did not have public liability insurance cover; and/or
(II)    did not possess valuable assets.

     Cycling without Public Liability cover is as silly as driving without 3rd Party -
 join Bicycle NSW for PL insurance, so that all Muggs are better protected

     Click on: Risk Management which warns of 'inter alia', the dangers of cycling on public roads with motor cars, potholes and over bridges with vertical timber planks with gaps

     Cycling with Muggs is predicated upon notifying Bank Teller if you materially disagree with any clause(s) in Muggaccinos' "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment"

 

Hornsby to Wyong, via Mt white, Peats Ridge, Bumble Hill, Yarramalong Valley - 93km - 5 riders, but two turned around at Mt White and Bazza did a switch-a-roo a tad before Mt W.

 

Alan aka Pharlap and Bill aka Glasgow at Mt White

 


Jacqui was fore loon looking for Jane aka NeoLuddite!

 

BankTeller and Terry aka Navigator were in uniform

  

Last Sunday's route and the same route 7 weeks before

 

St Ives, Duffy's Forest , Church Pt, Warriewood 'n back - 71km - 6 riders

PapaBear doing an admirable job in concealing his tummy at the (former) Thai Restaurant (sojourn) Sag Stop aprs Duffy's Forest sortie


Pigging-out at the Sunrise Cafe after 48km or thereabouts

 

Hornsby to Somersby Bellbird loop - 109km - 3 riders

Last Sunday, Terry aka Navigator, Ann aka ToothFairy and BankTeller cycled the Somersby Bellbird loop.  Ann and Phil started from and finished from Cowan - 94km.  Terry cycled a further 15km having started from Hornsby.  Alas, the Somersby General Store, which was a popular Nosh Stop for Muggs years ago, was all shut and may have been for some time.

Below is the route that ToothFairy and BankTeller cycled.

   

Click on above 'Relive' image to view last Sunday's Somersby Bellbirds ride in Google Earth.

Then click on the 'Right Arrow' therein.  Then click on:  View interactive route >

Good Friday - Annual Sutherland to Otford Apple Pie Shop, via Bundeena, return up Waterfall - 94km - 3 riders

Same pic below as above, but more tress and less water below

Sun, 9 Apr - Hornsby, St Ives, Palm Beach ferry to Patonga, Woy Woy - 61km - 7 riders although only 4 boarded the ferry to Patonga

Brill morn', blue skies, fresh Autumn air.  And a new wharf at Palm Beach with impressive black poles

Pete aka CampyAficinado thought that we were behaving 'immature like'.

That thing up the pole is a Pelican enjoying "a bird's eye view" of Patonga on a pristine, perfect morn'

We called a 'Power Play' Nosh Stop at the General Store after alighting the Patonga Ferry and doing the customary 5 min clockwise reconnoiter of Patonga taking us thru the camp ground, cause that nasty climb up Patonga rd awaited.

Good Friday 2015 - Sutherland Leisure Centre to Bundeena, then south to McKell Ave and up to Waterfall, thence Princes H'way - 62km - 7 riders


Pigging out at Manna Bundeena Cafe

Which one is the MichelinMan ???

Hornsby to Mt White 'n back - 70km - 5 riders

Part of Matt aka Printer missed the pic.  Or was it the photographer's sloppy-ness?

In the background, Eric aka PapaBear doesn't look a HappyCamper at PitS.  Or was he just taking a breather after a lengthy verbal address to the brethren at the Mt White Nosh Stop'
Eric missed his vocation as an
ecclesiastic pastor 'holding court' to provide guidance to his 'flock' on Sunday mornings.  PapaBear is so adept at it! 
Father PapaBear
doesn't quite 'have that ring to it'.  Pastor PapaBear maybe does.  No doubt, Eric would have 'sounded thunder' if the 'flock' didn't reach into their pockets when the 'collection plate' was handed around immediately after his Sunday sermon from the pulpit where he wouldn't require a microphone.

Hornsby, Galston Bus Shelter, Windsor, Kurrajong, Richmond train - 115km - 7 riders, although Ann aka ToothFairy and Pete aka CampyAficinado only cycled 63km (Galston/Windsor/Galston) and Bank Teller 79km

Above three pics from adjacent to Thompsons Square, Windsor

Thence some of us got lost cycling to Richmond via Freemans Reach and ended up at Kurrajong.

St Ives, Illawong Bay/Akuna Bay, Bayview Marina and return - 59km - 6 riders that include Ann aka ToothFairy that took these two pics at Bayview Marina

Hornsby to Woy Woy, via Mt. White - 9 riders - 64km

Visitors to Muggs are Graham He_th, Grahame aka AnotherRuddyLawyer, Paul McKi_n, & Chris Robins_n

Quatre Montagnes C/W - included s Sommerville Rd - 3 riders - 62km

Three riders at the familiar Galston shops bus shelter

Pics from Tour de Windsor, with Sackville loop  - 114km  -  3 cyclists

The tough get going when the going wasn't even tough, 'cause it was a delightful 'unhot' morn' which did, however, warm up by mid-arvo when Lea aka SlowLea and Bank Teller completed their respective routes with SlowLea registering 130km and Bank Teller 117km.  Jean aka ChiliDog 'did a Uie" at Windsor thereby clocking around 100km

About 'three clicks' shy of Windsor

Sheep on the LHS weren't interested.  But the goats on the RHS must 've thought we had some tucker, 'cause they were approaching Lea aka SlowLea in hope

And I didn't have a carrot

An impressive tree at Riverstone station

A local 'fatted calf'

Verdant and bucolic out West yesterday

  Bank Teller   1 June '20