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!!!