Ride for Harri Blog: Day 3

Monday  29 September:  The Entrance to Nelson Bay via Newcastle 118km

A long ride today, 118km from The Entrance to Nelson Bay via Newcastle. My GPS decided to take me on a scenic detour today; it seems intent on searching out as many hills as possible - we have had words. My legs are certainly feeling the strain now and I have to admit that I'm not looking forward to sitting on a saddle first thing in the morning! Thankfully there are no time constraints for the rest of the ride, so I can afford to take rests along the way.

On the plus side, that's over 200km covered and another day closer to being home, and with my family. And considering what the families of children with ABI deal with on a daily basis, a few aches and pains aren't that bad.

Tomorrow is supposed to be 30 degrees, so plenty of water tomorrow for a day riding on the Pacific Highway to get to Nabiac.

The Ride for Harri https://give.everydayhero.com/au/ride4Harri

Sunday  28 September: Sydney Opera House to The Entrance 99km

Sitting in my hotel room in The Entrance after a very hectic day. Today is the only day when time, as well as distance, was anissue. I arrived in Sydney at 7am, having discovered thatsleeper train is an oxymoron, I had three hours to kill waiting forthe bike shop to open then, when I arrived to get the 11:30 Manly ferry, everyone else in Sydney had the same idea, so I had to wait for the 12pm boat.  This had the knock-on effect of my missing the 2pm Palm Beach ferry, so I didn't roll in to The Entrance till 5:30pm.

It feels good to be finally riding, actually earning the money that people have so generously donated. Just under 90km covered today, and my legs don't feel too bad -  at the moment.

Big day tomorrow, over 100km from the Entrance to Nelson Bay, so I hope to be riding from 5:30am to avoid the worst of the wind.

The Ride for Harrihttps://give.everydayhero.com/au/ride4Harri

 

 

Saturday, 27 September, 9.05pm

As I write I am sat on a train outside Grafton on the way to Sydney. I am excited and nervous, keen to get on with it and start the actual ride. Saying goodbye to my family was hard, but I will see them soon, as long as I don't get lost! My nerves will be tempered by thinking about Harri and his family, as well as all the messages if support I have received.

 I arrive in Sydney at 7am, a bike shop is rebuilding my bike at 10am. The goal for the first day is to get to The Entrance. Depending on how long it takes to re-assemble my bike. A photo of the Opera House taken from the Manly Ferry might have to do for an official start, as this will be the only day of the ride where daylight might be an issue.

 

 Sunday  28 September: Sydney Opera House to The Entrance 99km

Sitting in my hotel room in The Entrance after a very hectic day. Today is the only day when time, as well as distance, was an issue. I arrived in Sydney at 7am, having discovered that sleeper train is an oxymoron, I had three hours to kill waiting forthe bike shop to open then, when I arrived to get the 11:30 Manly ferry, everyone else in Sydney had the same idea, so I had to wait for the 12pm boat.  This had the knock-on effect of my missing the 2pm Palm Beach ferry, so I didn't roll in to The Entrance till 5:30pm.

It feels good to be finally riding, actually earning the money that people have so generously donated. Just under 90km covered today, and my legs don't feel too bad -  at the moment.

Big day tomorrow, over 100km from the Entrance to Nelson Bay, so I hope to be riding from 5:30am to avoid the worst of the wind.

The Ride for Harri https://give.everydayhero.com/au/ride4Harri