In 2014 I saw a promotion for a charity bike ride along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Something in me just lit up when I saw it. The ride was organised by 25000 spins which runs bike rides in several different countries to raise money for various child-related charities such as Watoto and Compassion.
The ride leaves Geelong and roughly follows the coast line of the “bottom” of Australia for 300 km to Warrnambool.
I wasn’t able to ride in February 2015, but this February I made the decision to train hard and give it a go. The church backed me and together with some other friends and relatives donated a total of $2946 to Compassion.
So on Friday February 5th Margaret and I, together with our two eldest sons Tim and Philip headed off on a road trip of a life time.
To get to Geelong to start the ride, we had to drive about 1500 km over two days. Our first stop was at the Riverina town of Narrandera on the Murrumbidgee River.
We stayed in a cabin on idyllic Lake Talbot.
Saturday lunch was at Tocumwal, a beautiful town on the Murray River.
Two notable things about Tocumwal were the number of people riding bikes around the town and the recreational planes flying over the town.
From Tocumwal we continued our journey south, swerving to the right just before getting to Melbourne. In Geelong the boys shared a cabin, while Margaret and I stayed at a motel in the city centre close to the departure point.
In the next part I will write about the bike ride, which after all was the reason for our epic journey.