The Snowy Ride – 6 November 2010

Steven Walter Foundation LogoThe Steven Walter Foundation’s annual Snowy Ride is only a couple of months away and promises to be another huge event.  Our big ride around Australia finishes in Thredbo on Friday the 5th of November just in time for the Snowy Ride.  Online registrations are now open and cost $60 per person, which includes a National Parks & Wildlife Service entry to the Kosciuszko National Park and an automatic entry into the draw for a Honda VFR1200 valued at $25,000 which has been donated by Honda Australia.  There are also opportunities to win further minor prizes by completing any three checkpoints on Saturday the 6th of November.

Now a word of warning, if you haven’t got your accommodation tee’d up for Thredbo yet then you better get your skates on as the small village books out fast.  There are other alternatives such as nearby Jindabyne or camping so there are a few options.

The Steven Walter Foundation, which is the organiser and main benefactor of the Snowy Ride, is a non-profit organisation which was started following the passing of nineteen year old Steven Walter after an eight year battle with cancer. The Foundation is involved in raising money for research into childhood cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment in children. All monies raised by the Foundation goes to childhood cancer research programs and suport of children with cancer.

Honda a Huge Supporter of the Steven Walter Foundation

Honda VFR 1200F
Honda VFR 1200F

Last week I received an update about the Snowy Ride in Thredbo which is where we will end our Around Australia journey.  Honda have stepped up the plate yet again and two bikes will be raffled off – a Honda VFR1200F and a HRC replica Fireblade.  I know I’ll be buying a ticket (or ten) in those raffles!  Honda is also providing some support for the around Australia ride as well with some support vehicles, how good is that?!

The Snowy Ride is on the 6th of November 2010 and you can find more information out about that event at the Snowy Ride website.

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.