Around the Bay

Around the Bay is a fund raising ride held in Melbourne to raise money for the Smith Family which is a charity for disadvantaged children. The ride has different routes and distances, ranging from 20km to 300km.  I think the first start time was 5.00am.

The group that I ride with started last year with a 50km ride but this year we attempted the 100km ride.  We were so happy that we were able to finish the ride.  We had good weather although it was rather windy on parts of the route.  We are already starting to think about next year.

We did it.

The Metung Bike Chicks took part in the M.S. Melbourne Cycle on the weekend.  This is the second time the group have ridden the 50 km route, the first time was to raise money for The Smith Family, this time was to raise money for the fight against multiple sclerosis. We were delighted to finish this ride with a faster time than our previous attempt. The route was slightly different to the previous ride but still the same distance.

The team raised $1100 and our goal was $500 so we were happy with that result. Overall more than $600,000 was raised to fight M.S. which is a mammoth effort.

We were delighted to receive another medallion for out efforts.

Riding to fight MS

This Sunday, I’ll be riding 50km in the MS Melbourne Cycle to fight MS!

Multiple sclerosis strikes young people in the prime of their lives, and there is no known cure. The average age of diagnosis is just 30 years old.

My ride won’t be easy, but it’s nothing compared to what people living with MS face every day as they live with this cruel disease.

So I’m taking on this challenge to fight MS and ride for those who can’t ride themselves…

But I need your help.

Please sponsor my 50km ride this Sunday and support my efforts to fight MS!

To make a donation, simply click the link below:

All funds raised will be used to provide vital support services to help make the everyday possible for people living with multiple sclerosis.

Thank you so much. Wish me luck for Sunday!


We did it and we have the medallion too.

I have had a memorable weekend with a group of wonderful women.  We had a ball.Our Around the Bay ride was on Sunday 7th October.  We had to be at the start by seven o’clock and it was the first day of Daylight Saving so it really was an early start.  We managed and were at the start in plenty of time.  We saw those who were doing the 100 km start off but the 300km riders were long gone.  We set off at seven-thirty.

We had perfect weather and it was great to be riding on tarred roads as we usually do our riding on rail trails which can be a bit rough in parts.  It was a terrific day and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  There was a wonderful sense of achievement having finished this ride together.  The camaraderie of all the riders was great.  There were a variety of riders from the very young to the very old. We will definitely be doing another challenging ride like this one.

We stayed in an apartment very close to the start line and I thought you might like to see the view from our rooftop pool.

When we rode over the Westgate Bridge we were not meant to stop for photos but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to prove that I had been there.

Our team, the Metung Bike Chicks, raised $2642.24 for the Smith Family which is a charity that helps kids in need.  A huge thank you to all our sponsors.

Ride of The Lions

Because I follow rugby associated tweets on Twitter I came across this.Ride of the LionsA group of ex British and Irish Lions plus a group of ex Wallabies are cycling from Melbourne to Sydney, carrying the Official match ball for the final test in Sydney. They are doing this to raise money for Walking With the Wounded and Redkite.

The first tweet I saw was this one.

BairnsdaleSomehow I recognised the background and when I looked closer I found that it was Bairnsdale.

Today the group are heading to Cann River. The are raising money along the way. Unlike Serendipities of Life, who had no support vehicles on his fund raising cycle, this group has the luxury of support vehicles.

support vehiclesThey have raised an impressive amount of money so far. If you wish to donate you can do so at Just Giving.

The group has completed stage two of their ride.

* They have now completed stage three. Photos from along the way:

Cabbage Tree Creek

Crossing Cann River


The serendipities of life. . . .

One of the delights of blogging is correspondence with fellow bloggers. I  have been following a blog called “ Serendipities of Life” posted by Frank Burns.  Frank, like myself, is a retired teacher. At the moment he is travelling in Australia, making his way from Sydney to Melbourne by bicycle.  He has just completed a trip in New Zealand, travelling from the most northerly point to the most southerly point.  Quite some trek.  His reason for doing this was to raise money for children in Syria.

Sydney to Melbourne

His trip in New Zealand he referred to as the main course with his trip in Australia being the dessert.  When I was reading his blog and discovered that he would be visiting Australia, travelling to Melbourne from Sydney via the Princes Highway, I thought it  would be a nice idea to offer some hospitality as he is travelling very light. (You will need to read his blog to discover the lengths he has gone to in order to travel as light as possible.)  He has a small tent and I thought it would be nice if he could have a night in a proper bed and access to facilities, plus of course, our delightful company.:-)

At the moment he is in Bermagui so he should be visiting us very soon.