Its now less that one week before the Tour de Cure team start their journey from Sydney to Hobart! Wow! Time has really flown by!
The weekend just gone was a bit of a blur. There was lots of catching up with friends and family before I jump on a plane. There were also some last minute fund raising events to attend to bring in the final dollars for this tour.
It started on Friday Morning, with a visit to the Origin office at the Port of Brisbane. Darren and Danny (who work in this office) look after all the equipment that comes into Brisbane and that goes out to site for the project I have been working on the the last 18 months.
These two blokes have been doing a fantastic job of helping me out with some fund raising since mid 2013. They have been selling chocolate brownie to anyone and everyone who walks through their office doors. Its my Mums secret recipe and it seems we have found some addicts... Darren and Danny have helped to bring in hundreds of dollars from the effort they have put in and their hard work is very much appreciated.
I had the chance to tell their crew (about 50-60 people) what I had coming up in the next couple of weeks, what Tour de Cure do with the money they had donated so far and why I have come back to ride tour again. I had a really great response from the guys and girls out there. I sold some raffle tickets for the bike in Stellarossa, sold some more brownie and was handed plenty of donations and hand shakes of well wishes for my trip.
A massive thank you to Darren & Danny and their team of guys and girls out at the Brisbane Port. Their support has been very overwhelming and very much appreciated. Thanks guys!
They also presented Mum with a lovey certificate to show how much they enjoy her brownie.
Saturday morning came and it was time for a catchup with a good mate. Deon is a fellow rider, and he also joined me on Country Tour at the end of 2013 for a guest rider day. I met Deon at Wynnum for a easy 50kms to spin the legs and to have a catch-up chat. Deon surprised me with the news that he applied for a full rider position for the 2014 Country Tour. I guess I had better do the same! :) It was so good having him there last year and I cant wait to share the tour journey with him again.
I arrived home that morning after my ride, opened the garage to go inside the house and found a group of people waiting for me to join them for some morning tea! Stephanie had organised for our friends and family to come over as a surprise "send off" party. With all the time I have spent on the bike and out fund raising lately, I really haven't spent much time with our friends. I have the best group of friends in the world and the support they give me is incredible. I cant thank them enough for getting behind me with the things I have been doing with TdC. I promise I will have more time to catch up when I get back from my trip!
With tour just around the corner, the Queenslanders decided it was a good idea to have their own pre-tour dinner party. Jodi provided the venue with a magnificent view of Brisbane City and we all brought some food to share.
Lots of stories, memories and laughter filled the room. It was a fantastic night to get some of those "tour nerves" out and I cant wait to start making more great memories with this amazing group of people. I feel so lucky to be a part of such an inspirational and dedicated bunch. Sydney to Hobart, you better be ready for us QLDers!!!
Sunday morning I packed my bike into a box ready for transport. Chris, who does all our food on tour kindly offered to take our bikes to Sydney for us. I dropped Jodi's and my bike off to Chis's place Sunday morning. Thanks Chris! Now I dont have to worry about it traveling on the plane.
This did leave me with a bit of a problem. I have been booked in to have my photo taken on Monday morning for the Southern Star News Paper. They requested that I have my bike with me for the photo. Normally this would be fine, but with my bike on the back of a truck, this might be difficult. I have to say a big thank you to another Chris. I stopped by Riders bike shop in Morningside and Chris kindly gave me a bike to use for the photo.
Chris is a great guy to deal with and if you are looking for a place to take your bike, I recommend stopping in and having a chat to the guys. Tell them I sent you! :)
Keep an eye out for my photo in the news paper this Wednesday!
From the bike shop, Stephanie and I had to make our way over to Southbank to join in the fun at Jodi's TdC high tea, at a coffee shop that we both frequent with our riding groups. My Sweetopia put on an amazing spread of food for lunch. From scones to quiche's to cup cakes to pavlova, there was more than enough food to go round! It was a good turn-out and great to see some familiar faces. Good job Jodi! You have smashed the fund raising!
Stay tuned for some more action packed days as I count down the remaining 4 days until we leave Sydney. I will be drawing the bike raffle at Stellarossa on Wednesday afternoon, so make sure you get your tickets before its too late.
In the days to come, I will give you my fund raising update, let you know how you can track me live while I am riding and I will also be telling you about some recent motivation that will help me push through the pain of riding 1600kms in 10 days.
Thank you all again for your continuing support!