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Old 05-11-2009, 03:57 AM   #1
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NSW Cancer Council Relay Ride

1900km and AU$,10,000 raised

Day 1 (Brisbane – Port Macquarie)
We were up at 5.30 to pack up the tents and get to Maccas. The weather was great and the day looked promising. Shane (Shane from Oz) turned up at 7, Trevor (TruckerDJ) at 7.15. We even got free breakfast (thanks Mel) and waited …
Trev headed off to fuel up and at 7.45 we gave up waiting …

4 Riders ( Not the 15 we were expecting …) certainly was a bit of a disappointing start to the whole ride!!! We punched out boring highway k’s to Tweed Heads, only to be let down by the Cancer Council who couldn’t arrange for anyone to meet us. We waited around (- thought we saw you ride past Danny aka Burren Rider) and then headed South. Trev stuck it out with us past Ballina - even in the rain (thanks for your support mate)

Medicmick had arranged some riders and we met them on route near McClean

Garry carried the baton and one of the riders had this rego … which he’s happy to auction off for the right price (HA HA)

Highway K’s again

Got us into Grafton in time for a fine feed at the local arches, where we picked up a few more members of the local Ulysees club.

We pushed on south along some nice winding roads. Micks 75 year old mate on his old BMW gave us younger lads a run for our money!

And into Coffs Harbour to visit the Cancer Council truck

Continuing South, the guys peeled off at Nambucca Heads. With the tight schedule we were on, we had to slab it all the way to Port Mac for a hand over ceremony in the dark at Maccas. A pretty lame end to a long day!
(- The day had obviously taken it’s toll on ShanefromOz … !)

It did get better when ADV inmate Colonial Mick came to visit us at our cabin. Top bloke, thanks for your support with everything mate.
Some bastard went and moved the RSL from where it was 6 years ago. Ended up keeping the local Thai open for longer than they had obviously anticipated for a Monday night !

Day 2 (Port Macquarie – Sydney)
We were up early again

And headed back to Maccas to find Mick waiting for us (- nice surpise !). We rode together following Mick, who carried the baton.

Bill on the big KTM and Shane on the DR followed

And we soon caught Mick who was having a bit of trouble with his bimmer (first trouble of the relay) – Blackmail photo available upon deposit of funds …
He got it going again pretty quickly but then had to turn back near Taree, leaving the 3 musketeers to continue South. The highway was just too boring so we cut across to Gloucester and then back the other way (in the rain and cold) to arrive late in Raymond Terrace.
Bruce (Bronx) had arranged the TV and press to be there and also put on a barbie for us.

Thanks mate and it was good to finally meet you! We did a baton hand over to Eric (“Bechamel”) and then headed down the slab straight to Hornsby

… for a wild reception with 2 lovely ladies !

Before we knew it everyone had scarpered to get out of the shitty traffic. No group hugs tonight !!

Day 3 (Sydney – Canberra)
A decent crowd met at Deus Ex Machina at 7.30 (- the buggers didn’t even give us free coffee!). Steve Crombie ( took some time out of his hectic schedule to join us. Thanks champ.

We rode out through the Sydney peak hour traffic to Wollongong with Smiley Mark and Julie H carrying the baton
The main road in the National Park was shut but we did the damp bit and came out at Bald Hill

We then dropped in at Corbos house (CCRiders mate with cancer) to wish him well

… before moving on to the lighthouse at Wollongong. The Cancer Council did a great promotion job here

and I even managed to get myself on the telly
The Illawarra Bike Club joined up with us - including some more lovely ladies …

We stopped in at the Robertson Pie Shop and collected a generous donation (thanks guys)

CCRider carried the baton as we headed across country (only getting lost once with our age old "map vs. Tom Tom" debate!)

We were further delayed with some bike trouble (- Yes another BMW but i’m not saying who’s … but he should have been able to fix it as he did have a large yellow spanner to do the job Ha Ha)
We got into Canberra a little late. RoscoACT had done a sterling job at rustling up the media and poli’s. I was live on 2CC radio then we headed to the ACT Legislative Assembly where we were presented with a cheque for 2 grand. Wicked!! Also the local paper turned up and Rosco landed himself a modelling career !

If that wasn’t enough we then rode up to Parliment house for a photo op

We rode straight up onto the lawn!

and a baton handover with the lovely Senator Kate (Crusty Demon) Lundy.

Yes she really does ride a DRZ250!
It was getting pretty chilly so we retired to the pub (!) We got great support from the Canberra boys especially Rosco … and Hal from TJ’s Tyres ( shouted us dinner. Top bloke, thanks mate
Thanks to the Old Canberra Inn for the free beers. Much appreciated after the long day.
But no thanks for Canberra being booked out to coach loads of kids. 4 sweaty gents in one room (- after many free beers) leads to a restless night … for some !!

Day 4 (Canberra – Wagga)
Inmate Micl carried the baton (nearly all the way … but more on that later) on his tasty 640 Adventurer. We had a great run out over the Brindabellas

It was great fun blasting down the twisty smooth dirt …

(not so smooth that Micl’s bag and THE SPANNER fell off his bike without him noticing. I found the bag and strapped it to the DR whilst luckily Andrew (AndTFoot) found the spanner so he carried it through to Wagga - not without breaking it though – thus earning himself a shot in the local Wagga rag)

Top riding, top effort, big thanks to the Canberra massive !!!!!!!!!!
I got a new front tyre (great price and service at "The Stable" in Wagga - Cheers lads.
Bruce (Bronx) and his bro, Ross (Newsoldier) caught up with us at the local after a few delays (fuel feed problem Ross?) on their day long slog down the slab to join the ride.

Day 5 (Wagga – Albury)
Last but certainly not least …
Another cold start !

Scray put on a fantastic job that was a perfect finale. After a quick briefing by Ray and a pep talk from Bruce

we were off for some proper adventure riding. Early in Skip had some bad luck when his 1200GS went down (no one hurt and not much damage) but Bill got the big KTM through ok

A quick stop to lose some layers

as the action (and weather) hotted up

RESPECT to Flodder on the outfit. Entertaining or what!
The third bit of bike trouble on the whole trip (yes, BMW again) was quickly sorted after Detlafinoz’s handle bars came loose.
The second fall of the day was a BMW 650 Dakar (sorry Pirate) it was a snotty mud trap and the third fall was an unlucky Ray on the 950. You didn’t deserve that after all your efforts.
They’d sold nearly all the snags by the time we got to Albury for the reception

All that was left was for the 3 amigos to say good bye.

Shane was staying local for a while, but for me and Bill, it was back on the bikes heading home some 600k’s north east.
Thanks to everyone who supported us on the ride.
It really made a difference to get out there with a purpose. The planning and preparation might not have been perfect, but everyone still managed to raise a fairly decent wad of cash – and we had fun in the process.
Next year anyone …?
"Don't worry" they said "It could be worse"
So I didn't worry and it did get worse!

My biggest ride yet. Oz to UK. Read all about it here

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Old 05-11-2009, 05:06 AM   #2
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top bloody effort by everyone involved. i have to collect two donations before I bank but will be doing that over the next couple of days.

I'll be writing to the pollies thanking them for their efforts. What if we get Kate Lundy to be the patron? Give her enough notice and she could lead us through the Brindies perhaps?

Bronx, you having a rest? You've been a bit quiet lately

How about a dirty run up north to central Queensland via the mines next year?

Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out? Will Rogers
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:19 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by rosscoact
How about a dirty run up north to central Queensland via the mines next year?
Now, now... It wouldn't do much for the charity if we couldn't appear at known, easily-accessible locations at regular intervals to publicise the event.

I wouldn't mind the run otherwise.

I'll be putting up a few pics shortly.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:44 AM   #4
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Well done Bronx, Will, Rossco, SCray and anyone else who played a major part in this.

I enjoyed the short ride from Syd to the Gong on a workday. I phoned in sick from the Roberston pie shop while chomping on a meat pie. It made me proud to be Australian !
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:19 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by rosscoact

Bronx, you having a rest? You've been a bit quiet lately

How about a dirty run up north to central Queensland via the mines next year?
Hey Rossco

Bloody marvellous work on the fund raising, champ. I might have to hold back on putting up the photos I got of you now ...

Bronx is taking a week (or so) off to ride through Vic with his bro, Ross (!). Not sure when he gets back to civilisation !

And I'd prefer it if the run up to QLD was on the dirt, personally (- I know what you Canberrans are like ... all you ever think of is porn ... !!)

Take care, amigo

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Old 05-12-2009, 12:14 AM   #6
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So you finally got to herd the cats all the way to Albury.

Look forward to seeing you around locally Wil, and definitely for next year.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:54 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by rosscoact

top bloody effort by everyone involved. i have to collect two donations before I bank but will be doing that over the next couple of days.

I'll be writing to the pollies thanking them for their efforts. What if we get Kate Lundy to be the patron? Give her enough notice and she could lead us through the Brindies perhaps?

Bronx, you having a rest? You've been a bit quiet lately

How about a dirty run up north to central Queensland via the mines next year?

Hi Ross.

I have sent you a PM mate.

I just got back in town after a 3,300 Km ride with my brother through the Victorian Alps. could call it a rest . We wore out one set of tyres each and got new ones fitted a less than a week ago. I was looking at the tyres last night and I will need new ones soon .

Thanks Rosscoact for the ACT leg and thanks to SCray for the Wagga Wagga to Albury ride and all the others involved.

Thanks Will for helping to organise this event and for the trip report. I will be in touch with some of you soon about next year

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Old 01-26-2010, 03:22 PM   #8
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What a great cause - I will post up a link for you on Dirt Bike World.

Cheers, Sol..
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