I came home today to find a big update from the Steven Walter Foundation waiting in the mailbox. I couldn’t wait to get it open and was surprised by the amount of work that has happened in the last month! There was quite a bit of information but to hit on the highlights:
- The itinerary has changed with a start in Tenterfield instead of Ballina. This is mainly due to that weekend in October being school holidays and accommodation being difficult to source – not to mention expensive – in Ballina.
- We now have accomodation costs to approve from Bundaberg around to Perth (rest to come soon). I was pleased to find the amounts aren’t as bad as I was expecting with the average overnight stay around $100 although there is a couple $200 nights in some of the remoter areas.
- There are 77 people going on the ride – a little over 50 bikes and the rest pillions.
- Fuel and rest stops are mapped out at a maximum 200km through the entire trip. With such long distances regular breaks to stretch and rehydrate will be of the utmost importance
This is all really starting to come together and I can’t believe how excited I’m getting about the trip, it’s going to be such an adventure. I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to Allan McGuirk and Susan Walter of the Steven Walter Foundation for the unbelievable amount of effort they are going through in organising this trip. Truly a herculean effort!