Final Day - Swansea to Hobart - 145kms
Today marked my last day on the bike after 8 days. What a feeling to have finished Signature Tour 2017 with some of the greatest people on the planet!
This was always going to be a big day for everyone. With my alarm set for 3am, I knew it was going to be tough waking up. I stayed in the backpackers and I scored a room to myself. The only problem I had with this was when I went to the toilet in the morning and came back to my room, only to find that I had locked myself out… A small amount of panic set in, but after a phone call to management at 3:30am (it wasn’t taken lightly) I was back in my room and kitting up for the day.
I have had some amazing times and met some unreal people over the last 5 years of riding with Tour de Cure. A great mate from home (in Brisbane) has joined me through a lot of my training and fundraising and has been a stage rider on a number of tours and a full tour rider for the State of Origin Country Tour. Deon Garside has been a huge supporter through my time with TdC and ive had a blast sharing my adventures with him. Deon is a great member of the TdC family and I cant wait to ride a full tour with him one day. Another tour done mate! Thanks for all the fun times and many more to come!
The final day on Tour is always full of mixed emotions. The riders butts are happy that it’s the last day of sitting on a bike, the drivers are happy, it’s the last day of driving hundreds of kilometres at 30-40kms per hour, the catering team is happy, it’s the last day they need to feed hundreds of hungry cyclists and there are many others on the same wave length. In saying that, its also very sad to stop doing these things.
We take a lot for granted in life and every year Tour de Cure brings me back down to earth. The satisfaction and inspiration that comes from spending 9-10 days with people such as these, is very overwhelming. Its so hard to convey to people on the outside of the “TdC Bubble” (as we call it) what its like. When you see where the money goes and who the money is helping, you cant help but want to do more.
Once the sun had come up, we were able to see the beauty of the Tasmanian coastline. Raspins beach in Orford is one of the most magnificent stretches of coastline in Australia.
Our lunch break (although being 9:30am) was overlooking the pretty Richmond Village Green. We got to ride across Richmond Bridge - the oldest Bridge in Australia complete with mallard ducks and weeping willows. The local fire brigade treated our pelotons to a very special salute, with hoses blasting water in a giant arc as we passed underneath. These are special moments!
As we approached our final destination, (Parliament House in Hobart) a police escort accompanied us over the Derwent River and made sure we had a clear run through the city traffic. We were warmly greeted by Madame Speaker, the Honourable Elise Archer MP, along with locals and loved ones.
There were plenty of tears at the finish line. We'd travelled 1,300 kilometres across our Country for a great cause.
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A highlight from Tour - This Rocky Road desert from our catering team. Think of the confectionary & nut isle coated in chocolate… Delicious!
Ive now been home for a week and I am back into my normal work / family routine. Its not easy getting back into the “daily groove” after being part of something so fantastic and emotionally moving. But you know what?
I cant think of any place id rather be! I really missed my family.
My mind is still ticking with ideas and thoughts of what I can do next to help Tour de Cure kick their goals and beat this horrible disease. My journey is far from over and Im honoured to work along side such an amazing organisation.
I want to thank you all for your support. You make it all possible. I wouldn't have made it to Hobart without your kind words, your generous donations and your messages of support along the way. Thank you for another successful Tour adventure.