Day 1 Tenterfield to Bundaberg

Today was the first official day of the Around Australia Ride with the Steven Walter Foundation. It started bright and early with all participants mustering in front of the Tenterfield Railway Museum for a photo opportunity and send off.

It was great when we left as one big group of over 50 motorcycles. We stretched over a kilometer at least and there was bikes bikes and more bikes both in front and in the mirrors.

Once we’d covered about 50kms the group had dispersed into smaller groups as the faster, medium and slower riders found their place in the world. And talk about a contrast with the weather. The day started clear and only cool which quickly became warm. Thankfully I only had two layers on top instead of the addition of thermals from the day before. By the time we hit Toowoomba at about 10:30 it was time to change to my summer gloves and relegate my winter gloves to the bottom of the T-bag.

I spent the first half of the day riding with others and found myself flying mainly solo for the second half. It was a good mix and I felt myself unwinding with each kilometer travelled.

Speaking of kilometres, it was a 600km day later and we have reached Bundaberg. Not a lot more to report except to say it was a great day’s ride with light traffic, interesting roads and even better weather.

Sorry there aren’t any photos yet but the first couple of days getting to Tenterfield saw the weather ensuring the technology stayed buried under wet weather gear and today just didn’t have anything inspiring to offer – unless you wanted to see countless green rolling hills.

Oh and as a final mention we were told at last night’s briefing the groups has raised in excess of $200,000!! Talk about a huge effort!!!

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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.

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  1. Heya

    Glad the weather was kinder to you on the way up to Bundy. Pretty miserable here in Nth NSW still and keeping fingers crossed for a good run for you guys (and girls). The ride to work started warm and sunny but half way here got rained on in a fairly comprehensive manner, so I am feeling your pain man. Glad the Duke was deciding to be cooperative today as we seem to have a love/hate relationship though nothing to do with reliability. Just some days she is harder to cope with than others, much like most Italians I know ;-)I am still pretty bummed I could not make Tenterfield to see you off. When will the group photo be up?

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