What a massive day!Today we were back to 2 petitions. We waved good bye to our guest riders and thanked them for their time with us. We had our first school visit day today. First up was Bordertown primary. The kids were great! The TdC team presented to about 200 kids and taught them how important it is to be fit, be healthy and be happy. There is lots of interaction between the kids and the tour riders during this time and it is lots of fun. All the kids receive a TdC pack of goodies which includes a book, a hat, a water bottle and some stickers. As we leave the school for our next destination, the kids line up along the sides of the exit so we can give them high fives as we ride out towards our next destination. About 50kms away is Francis primary. A school of about 30 children. This was such an awesome school to visit! The presentation changes so much depending on how big the schools are. Francis gave us a bunch of money they had raised and told us they are putting on a "Tour de Francis" next week to raise some more money for TdC. Awesome effort! Before we left, we were, the teacher announced that the kids had written a song just for us and would like to sing it for us. Here is a photo of the TdC guys presenting to the kids.
After Francis, we made our way to Goroke primary where our lunch of spaghetti bol was waiting for us with chocolate brownie for desert. Yum!
Another school presentation was done here and then we had to high tail it to our final destination. We had 70km left and we were running a little later than expected. We were due to be in Horsham for a sponsors greeting. The peloton averaged 38km/hr to make up for lost time... The average for the day was 34.6km/hr over the 170km distance. I'd now like to introduce you to my new friends...
Dinner in Horsham was great, with some of the riders from this years tour sharing their story about how they became involved with TdC and why. Some very emotional and inspirational stories.
Well, we have our biggest tour day ahead of us tomorrow. A 230km trip to Bendigo with some more school visits along the way. It is my teams turn to do a presentation to the kids, so I'm looking forward to having a bit of fun with that. Definitely looking forward to a good nights sleep tonight. Last night was not good...
And of course I got the cube hat on today with the community people around. I even got asked about it today. Maybe it was because I went gangster style...?
So for those who don't know. (I have been asked a lot...) My friends at Cube Central gave me a hat to wear on tour. Steve Jones has kindly offered to donate $50 for every day I wear his company cap whilst on tour. A massive thanks to Steve and Cube Central! That's awesome!