• Feb 20, 2022 from 10:30am to 4:00pm
  • Location: Essendon - Western City
  • Latest Activity: Feb 21


This is one of David’s strangest rides ever - a journey around the wild west side of the city with a hodge-podge of sights and places to visit. It's a short half day squiggly pretzel-shaped ride. If you like non-stop riding then this event may not suit you. But if you want to learn more about the city you live in, then come on this discovery tour.

See some fine views, gorges and city infrastructure. Explore the few remaining market gardens, so close to the city, before they are eaten up by cheek-by-jowl McMansions. Get up close and personal with a massive prickly pear. There are some deliberate blind alleys on this ride so expect David to lead you up the garden path... and back again. Why, there’s even an old wooden bridge to admire. Of course there is David ;-)

We'll do a bit of plane spotting, although flights are few and far between now, then pass through the surreal landscape of concrete box warehouses where all our overseas online shopping stuff hits Melbourne. It gets even stranger from here. Intrigued? Well you’ll just have to come along with us to discover the Wonders of the West. 

Departure Point
Assembly Ground Cafe
104 Fletcher St, Essendon VIC 3040

Departure Time
11 am sharp. Arrive earlier if you want a cup of coffee beforehand.

Lunch will be at the Brimbank Park Cafe at around 12.00 pm. See menu in post below. Pack a picnic lunch if you can't see something that suits you.

Note: Please arrive with a full tank as there will be no fuel stops during this ride.

Covid: Please bring a mask and take all the steps you need to stay safe. If you are feeling symptomatic, please do not attend.

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    Hi Roy, thanks for your comments and feedback. So pleased you were able to attend. Also than you for the great role you did as tailrider. I'm sure Greg enjoyed his break from this task. Until next time, David


     Super Ride David, exploring a window to the west we rarely witness, skirting healthly arterial roads with many many vehicles, some wonderful vistas, a few kms of gravel roads, just the right amount, and some cheeky, yet respectful incursions. Oh and a few bridges !! Would not be complete without a few bridges!!  Thank you. Roy


    What's the combo limit on a $6.50 toastie? How much for a toastie with the lot? They don't have Chiko Rolls?


    Let's blow the budget on smashed avo! Either that or it's the 'bachelors handbag' ;p


    A Ride Update

    Hello Westie Besties,

    A glorious sunny day coming up on Sunday. Perfect for our Wonders of the West ride. I did a full rehearsal today and am pleased with the quirky variety the route provides.

    A few points. Lunch is coming up a little earlier than anticipated at 11:45 am so perhaps its best to just coffee-up rather than snack at our departure point cafe, Assembly Ground. 

    At Brimbank Park I suggest that we walk down to the ford across the Maribyrnong River first to build an appetite. This ride could also be an ode to the Maribyrnong River. Along the way we might have time to pass by Dodd's Homstead built in the 1880s. 

    I couldn't find an online menu for the Brimbank Park Cafe, "Lumbar & Co" so I visited the cafe in person. Nice outdoor tables but the menu may disappoint some. I settled for a banana. If the menu below doesn't appeal, then please pack a picnic lunch.

    "Go West, where the skies are blue. Go West, with just your Vespa and you.. etc"

    See you all on Sunday for a grand day out! Oh, one last warning - bridges!

    Anthony, ever since I joined the Ashram, orange has been my favourite colour. My guru told me to turn my back on all other colours as they are but a mere illusion.




    Looking forward to it David. Orange will be of course the new Black…in this case.


    Hi Tania, we finish up in Flemington around 3 - 3.30 pm. I'm rehearsing the ride tomorrow so I'll have a better idea after that, David


    This sounds GREAT and I'm really looking forward to it. Just wondering what time we are likely to finish and where we finish up please. Thank you 😊 


    I can't make this one - flying to Tassie, but can we do it again later in the year? 


     Sounds great, like all, I can't do it due an ex-navy mate visiting. (I await the pics. of this one).

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