For an embedded Ride with GPS map please open http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10409769
This app. will not only allow you to get a greater resolution but a cue sheet as well. Unfortunately, it will not allow the printing of the map until you take out registration with Ride with GPS.The first part of this ride starts at Cleveland Harbour adjacent to the railway station, riding both on and off road, skirting through the suburbs of Ormiston, Alexandra Hills, Birkdale and on to Wellington Point our first Point, which is surrounded on three sides by water and a great place in summer to take the family for a picnic, kayaking adventure, a swim on a hot day or wind surfing/ kiting on a windy day. When the tide is out, a walk out to King Island is enormous fun particularly for younger members of the family.
|A collage of views on the first stage of the ride|
For the second part of the ride we follow the coastline west for awhile before turning south and heading to Thornlands where we skirt around Crystal Waters Park which is renowned for it's diverse bird life and then head for Lakeside where there are a number of cafes to choose from to stop for a coffee or cool drink. From here you will ride on a sealed path through bush land reserve, first heading west and then south before turning east. This is the sort of ride that if you are carrying a compass, the needle will be constantly swinging around. After a convoluted ride through a series of back streets, you will find yourself at the very tip of Victoria Point (Point No. 2). Having a map in this instance would be of great assistance.
|A small collage of views on the second stage of the ride|
On the way to Cleveland Point (4th Point on this ride) you will mainly ride on well maintained paths through Point Halloran, (3rd Point), Pinklands and the eastern side of Thornlands. Like most of my rides, I try to keep to paths and off road trails but inevitably there will be some on road riding but mainly on safe secondary or suburban roads or failing this, wide dedicated and marked bicycle lanes. This is the nicest part of the ride where you will be mainly riding beside the water, through bush land or parks and if you don't enjoy this section then you are definitely hard to please.
|The above photographs were taken on Cleveland Point.|
Each one of these four Points is unique in it's own right and although you ride some 69 km I doubt whether you will become bored and not especially if you take a camera.
From Cleveland Point, you make your way back along paths through a series of parks to Cleveland Harbour where it is always nice to stop off at the Hog's Breath for a nice refreshing ale and afterwards, if not a local and not driving you can board a train for a relaxing journey back to where you live.
Cheers and safe riding,
AN EVER GROWING LIST OF CYCLING MAPS WITH JIMMY BEE CAN BE FOUND BY OPENING THE FOLLOWING LINK: http://jimmyb9.blogspot.com.au/