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Posted on: March 20th, 2005, 2:33pm
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We found out last night that Transperth's trains couldn't get us to Belmont Park in time for the start, so we arranged with Mum to drop us there, a bit of a roundabout way we had to go too, because they closed the freeway at 5:00am.  There were thousands of people and their bikes, it was an  extrordinary sight. At least 6000, maybe 7000.

Saw a lot of recumbants, recliners and Street Surfers ( kind of a  cross between a rollerskate and a BMX - the rollerskate is the front wheel, basically, looks very manuverable) and some hand crankers were really, uh, cranking along. We heard that the oldest rider was 78, we're not sure if he did all the way, we saw someone bailing who might have been him.

It started off a beautiful cool morning, but by the time us D Class slowpokes (As it turned out we could have qualified for C Class because we finished in under two hours) went, it had got quite warm and Rob and I were glad we'd put on our sunscreen early. But finally we were off, and pretty soon we hit the Graham Farm Tunnel. We were anticipating nice relief from the sun...but it was actually quite a lot stuffier and warmer inside.

At around the 7km mark we stopped to render assistance to someone who needed the services of our bicycle pump. Oh, and we needed to make room for an ambulance.  And I guess that was pretty much it for eventfulness - the odd long rise, and the all too soon over descent, and lots of riding on the level.

Riding on the freeway is interesting, it's very wide and really stretches out ahead of you in an inviting sort of way. And people stood on every footbridge yelling encouragement to every one. Some of the marshalls were really enthusiastic too, they were great "Only 7km to go" ! Some of the police tooling along on their motorcycling were taking their lives in their hands I think, with comments like "Gee, it's not that hard is it?" and "Gee, it's a bit sweaty today, phew!" but it was all in good fun.

We didn't stop at any of the help stops, we just kept on going. After a little bit, clusters of people were huddled under the shade of any bridge, but we just kept on riding, stopping briefly to fill my two litre back pack with water, cause I drank it all. My new water thing has kept me a lot more hydrated than usual, I'm really pleased with it.

The last kilometre of the freeway was the steepest, which was a bit sucky!  We trundled our way through Joondalup to the finish line,  to the cheers of the crowd, and made our way to where the water was, which was bit too far away in my opinion! We received our certificates and news of a New Great Perth Bike Ride!

I took my helmet off and a half cupful of sweat fell out! Yuuuuuck!

We ambled our way back to the finish line for the draws and announcements, and admired the decorations for the Joondalup Festival. The floats were impressive - there was a mauve dragon about 40 foot long and 15 foot or so high! And a huge blow up crayfish on a float of fruit salad, very impressive.

We had a nice meal from the Gozleme Van (Gosleme is Anatolian spiced mince lamb with flatbread) which was very nice and then rocked down to the train station, where Transperth were giving free rides to Freeway Bike Hikers. There was a queue, but eventually we got into the station, and met up with Rob's friend Neal and his SO and friend(?)

It was pretty crowded on the train, but it was really nice to sit down in the aircon, and the other passengers weren't too bothered by us.  Managed to get out at Stirling, and wimped out and called Mum to come get us. Which she kindly did.

So I'm sitting here, sweaty and all typing this while Rob has his shower.

Vital statistics:
Distance covered 31 kms
Cycling time, excluding the stop to help and the drink stop: 1 hr & 53 minutes
Average speed 15.9km/hr
Highest speed, not sure, I know at one point we were doing over 37kph.

We're pretty pleased considering we did hardly any training!

We'll definitely do it again next year, and we'll go on the Great Perth Bike Ride too1


Below: Us ready and steady to start out!

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Bunch O' Recumbents etc.

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Tunnel Vision..?

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Back at Stirling!

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Greate site. Thank you :)
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Thanks!
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Oh joy, the spammers have found Lympago.

And a particularly inappropriate bunch of spammers, given the interests of most people here. 

If you cannot see the causal relationship between "I have chocolate" and "Life is Good", you simply aren't trying hard enough.
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Well I'm mildly concerned anyway...


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Spare me the suspense (and the risk of using my work account); What are they?

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I'm smiling. That alone should scare you.


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A hunting store.

As in hunting for birds with things that go bang.

IMO the chances of any regular poster here being interested in that start at hell freezing over and drop from there...

If you cannot see the causal relationship between "I have chocolate" and "Life is Good", you simply aren't trying hard enough.
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Begone! Foul spammer!
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I am finding way too much amusement in Leece's thread being spammed by that sort of business.

It must be Tuesday morning after a late night out.

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Hi! What you do today by evening?
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If the weather keeps up like it is I MIGHT just be persuaded to go for a nice kayak on the river, what about the rest of you?
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Tell, and here at you always so?
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