As Good As It Gets (Almost)

Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
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Trip End Sep 12, 2009


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Marla Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

.....it's 7:00pm. The sun is setting. The sky to the east is almost black but to the north and west of us the sunset is a mixture of burnt orange and  red. We are speeding (about 25km/h) over the last 5km in clear cool air to Marla, our intended destination some 235km from Coober Pedy. We turn into the Road House and there is spontaneous cheering from the riders as we congratulate each other and the support crew on an absolutely amazing day. 9 hours 15 minutes riding, 2 hours 50 minutes rest time and 230km. We just gave ourselves the best chance of making Uluru on Friday. We are daring to dream!

So why then is this only "almost" as good as it gets - well we haven't made it yet have we!

The drama of this day began the night before - especially for me. Matt (Neville's son) joined the support crew today. He is a bike mechanic and was servicing all the biikes. He got to mine (the one I crashed) and he tried to straighten the hanger on the back of my bike and it broke. These pieces are unique to each bike and it meant my bike was out of the race. Did that mean I was too? Matt generously offered to rejig his bike that he brought along so I could continue the ride - it just happened to be a Ridley Damicleaus. I couldn't have been happier for my bike to be broken!

We aimed for a 6:30am start. We left at 7:00am (as usual). The day couldn't have gone better. We executed our plan to perfection. The riding was steady without being aggressive and we managed to average 25.4 km/h for the day. Our stops were regular and we kept protecting each other sharing the work load. We are actually getting good at this!

Of note today was Daniel's elevation into the Fermented Wind club. This was due to "outstanding" output during the day. He proudly joins Tom and Jeff in the club. There are a few others vying for entry to the club.

Tomorrow we are hoping to make good use once again of what should be favourable conditions. We are hoping to get past Kalgera in the Northern Territory. This will help enormously with reducing our distance on Friday when we are expecting 35 degrees and 30 km/h winds from the North West.

There is light at the end of the tunnel - I hope it's not a Road Train coming the other way.

Doubtful internet access over the next few days depending on where we end up. Keep checking, I will post when I can.
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fchircop1
fchircop1 on

Superhuman
...you should all be wearing your undies on the outside of your bike shorts!!!...you are obviously superhuman!...fingers crossed for more tail winds tomorrow...

Safe riding,
Fiona. xxx

daniels_mum
daniels_mum on

That's My Boy!
So Dan, you know the drill...... You always make me proud! I knew that competitive nature would show it's ugly head sooner or later! And I'm with Fiona, can you all ride into Uluru with your undies on the outside, that would make for such a fantastic photo opportunity. Now on a serious note, what an amazing effort from you all especially 10 days into this epic journey, aren't you all supposed be getting worn out? Hope today is as kind to you, you definitely deserve it! See you at the Rock! Sharan

cathybrown
cathybrown on

Welcome to the Super Team Matt
Best wishes for another day guys and the super bike is your reward for providing us with this wonderful daily blog. Love to catch the team news every morning and makes me feel very proud and inspired to follow your fantastic achievements.Hope all goes well on the ride over the finish line; wish I could be there to help with the celebrations - you have all done an incredibly fantastic job. Welcome abroad Matt and Daniel and Tom keep your undies on - we dont need any toxic explosions at Uluru.

richard7jc
richard7jc on

Go Andy, go everyone!
You guys are doing terrific! Any minute now the NT border will rush past, Uluru will appear over the horizon, and you'll be looking out for the dingo that took the 'bibee'. Andy, your namesake would be heaps proud of you, all of you! :)

beammeupscottie
beammeupscottie on

The end is in sight.
We are all very excited for you as you are approaching the home straight. Keep it up, and good luck. We can only imagine how you are all feeling. Loved the photo 3 of 4, especially as we can identify you in that one, Craig.

Mum, Sam, Les and Harry.

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