Deposit is Paid!

All of a sudden the trip has gotten a little more real, but let me back up a little.

In 2008 I went on my first Snowy Ride for the Steven Walter Foundation (SWF) and had a great time.  Early in 2009 I received some information in the mail from SWF talking about expressions of interest for a ride around Australia in 2010.  Certainly sounded interesting but at the time I dismissed it as un-doable.

However despite thinking I had decided not to do the trip, the idea was always in the back of my mind, percolating away.  Seriously, what a great adventure it would be; although getting around this country on a motorbike is usually one of those things on the list to do one day like owning a Ferrari, or catching one of Branson’s space flights…

Then around the middle of 2009 another update appeared and suddenly I find myself considering the trip in earnest: got the bike, got the time off available, got the funds – why the hell not?

So after many discussions with my very understanding wife – and nights of pouring over Google Maps to see what kind of trip it would look like – I bit the bullet this morning and transferred my deposit (registration fee) to SWF.  I still have until the end of November 2009 to back out and get my deposit back, but I don’t think that is going to happen.  I will be riding around Australia.

Yeah, it has gotten a little bit real.

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Hi, my name is Glenn Martin and in October 2010 I’ll be taking part in the Steven Walter Foundation “Ride Around Australia”. All participants are being asked to raise at least $2,500 to donate to the Steven Walter Foundation that goes to research into childhood cancer. I’m currently in my 30s, an IT professional living in Canberra Australia for the past 15 years or so. I’ve ridden motorbikes for 20 years and for the last 10 years my ride has been a ‘99 Yamaha Road Star, a big Japanese 1600cc V-Twin cruiser.