With full bellies of bacon, eggs, sausages, fried toast, cereal, fruit, yogurt, coffee and juice, we left Beaudesert towards Warwick. Our first stop for the day was at Kalbar state primary school about 50kms from away. As usual, the kids lined our entrance and welcomed us as we rolled through the gates. Team Lexus presented to the school about our Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy message and we had a fantastic reception from everyone listening. The Prep classes at the school had prepared us gifts to help us on our journey with some letters of encouragement and some honey shotz to help us up Cunninghams Gap after our visit.
It was a awesome experience and it gave us some extra drive and reinforcement for why we are here.
Another 50kms on the road before lunch and it was really starting to heat up by this time. It was about 15kms from the school to the bottom of Cunninghams Gap. The road we took was brilliant. A great job by the TdC scouts to take us that way. It was a nice smooth, wide road with plenty of room for the trucks and traffic to pass us by safely. With a consistent 8% rise, we had soon strung out up the road. I found myself towards the rear of group, but I felt pretty good at the same time, not worried about making the climb. Geoff sat with me for most of the ascent, it was a great time to catch up for chat as we edged closer to the top. The sun was really beating down on us today. I drank 1.5 bottles of water on the way up and the other half went on the back of my neck and down my back to keep me cool. The whole time we were climbing, the support vehicle (Stephanie and Marg) did a great job of keeping us motivated as they continuously circled from top to bottom, ringing cow bells and offering us lollies out of the car windows. Stephanie snapped away behind the camera to capture the many "smiling" faces as we danced our way to the top. Like normal, once you get to the top of a climb, you get to go down the other side! Boy do I like a descent! quickly moving to the front of the group, Geoff and I tag teamed along the exit to hold a nice quick pace until we re-grouped and motored our way to our lunch spot.
What was on the menu, you might ask? BBQ pork! Yum!!!
Now with only 30kms to go until we reached Warwick and our final school visit for the day, the pace was lifted and we averaged 32kms/hr for our run into town. We were running a tad late for the school we were visiting, so the support had done the presentation before we arrived. We did however get to ride straight into the school hall, where we were welcomed by 200 cheering kids. The feeling is incredible. We stood up on stage and ran a question and answer session with the school. Every school visit we do is always different, even if its something small. The question we were being asked by the kids in Warwick blew us away. They were fantastic! It showed me how much these young minds take in and how much of an influence we can have on their future. So getting the correct message across is very important.
It was time for us to leave the school and make our way to our accommodation for the night. A bit of light stretching, a protein shake and quick waste deep dip in the FREEZING cold hotel pool helped us feel nice a fresh after our long day in the sun.
Dinner at the Warwick pub was delicious. Pasta and salad entree, steak or salmon with veggies for mains followed by cheese cake or sponge cake for desert. We had a trivia competition during the night and I can proudly say I was a member of the winning team. We also had a coin tossing competition, in which I managed to win myself a bottle Bundy Rum. I think ill have to crack it open for celebratory drink back in Brisbane. With a very fully stomach and our team chores down for the night, its time to turn in and get some sleep. We have our longest tour day tomorrow with a TTT (Team Time Trial) thrown in for a bit of fun. My team (Officeworks) have the least number of riders, so we are going to have our work cut out for us to win against the bigger teams. We will do great!
Before I finish, I have to say Happy Birthday to my Sister Jacinta!
Stephanie and I are sorry we couldnt make dinner, but we cant wait to see you back home when we arrive on Saturday. Hope you had an awesome day! Save us some cake! :)
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Good night to all and stay tuned for tomorrows wrap-up for day 3 of the QLD Country Tour.