2014 Ride to Conference
Last week Barry and I completed another ride to conference – this time around Bendigo.
Brian joined us on the last day to drive the sag wagon. And of course the Club Foodvan travelled with us and fed the hungry riders lunch and morning and afternoon teas throughout the ride.
During the ride this year we stayed at the Ascot Big 4 Caravan Park and headed out from Bendigo each day. There were 36 Rotarian riders and 5 exchange students including our locally sponsored Denny – a great kid who stayed with Barry and myself. We were all very well looked after by 15 or so support crew – caterers as well as motorcyclists and drivers for the vehicles.
The weather was kind to us. I had a swim every day after the ride, with two or three days getting a little warm for riding in the afternoons and only a couple of spots of rain all week.
During the week, we visited 3 small primary schools with Harold the Life Education mascot giraffe.
I totalled 582.37 km for the week (5½ days). We certainly covered some territory including the hills down towards Harcourt and Maldon and around Lake Eppalock.
Barry was the 'road boss', as unable to ride due to his recent hand injury, and kept the riders well under check and supervised the crossing of busy intersections as well as taking photographs and arranging for an article on the ride in the Bendigo Advertiser.
We also produced a slide show for the conference after we finished the ride. I also won the annual “sprint” competition so we have a ridiculously large trophy for the year.
All in all we worked hard but had a great time and we would like to thank the club for sponsoring us again for the charities of Life Education and Peninsula Teenage Road Accident Group.
Past President Neil