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Day 2 Bundaberg to Mackay

The second official day of the Around Australia Ride saw us riding from Bundaberg to Mackay.  By the time I was done the final distance was 650kms but this did include ending the day at Eimeio (sp?) enjoying a beer overlooking the ocean.

Unfortunately it wasn’t a great day for all concerned with a few riders being pinged during a particularly unforgiving stretch road.  Thankfully I was not one of them, but talk about a bummer on only the second leg of the ride.

Weather has certainly taken a turn for the better and after we left Bundaberg there was nothing but blue sky and open roads for the entire day. We have also been seeing more of the two people  filming parts of the ride, which  was OK until the expensive looking camera took a header into the parking lot at Rockhampton – ouch.  Seems to have survived unscathed though.

Looking forward to an early start for Townsville tomorrow as I am ready for the rest stop that will be the two nights we will spend there.  After Townsville we head west where it will get really hot.

Memorable smells for the day include the humidity in Bundaberg, eucalyptus trees being chipped on the side of the road, sun screen being applied at fuel stops, sweet flowers in bloom for the first time,  delicious salty sea air when overlooking from the cliff.

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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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