How hard can it be to get the Goldsmith Hotel to the Hamilton showgrounds which is the starting point today? It is harder than you think!
The support crew arrived but there is not a rider in sight. Eventually the riders make it – just one wrong turn and a short ride to the showgrounds became a long ride!
So the riders eventually made it to the starting line – all ready to set and go.
Let’s wait until we hear their name called before they set the pace. What’s that you hear? – the 7.20 riders are called.
The detour to the showgrounds has made the riders miss their call. There is no time to wait – let’s go!
Finally … the rubber hit the road this morning. It has been a long time coming.
Did they ride out together? Or one by one? Or bit like Brown’s cows?
But finally they seemed to get their act together …
Anyone for breakfast?
You should have seen the spread – it was magnificent! You could have toast, juice, eggs, cheese, ham, fruit, tea, coffee … you name it, it was there!
And it wasn’t just paper plates and plastic knives and forks! It was china plates and proper knives and forks.
Thanks Lee for a wonderful breakfast – it was fantastic!
It is 5.30am in the morning. It is dark – very dark!
Breakfast is happening soon. The bikes have to be gone by 6.45am and start time is at 7.15am.
Rush, rush, rush …
The time will soon be disappearing quickly but there is still some serious sleep time if the riders are quick dressers.
There are no stars to be seen this morning. The forecast for Hamilton is:
17°C | with an overnight low of 8°C
Wind: 23 km/h
Don’t tell us that it is going to be the same as last year – those winds were punishing enough.
What are we expecting in Port Fairy?
17°C | with an overnight low of 8°C
Wind: 21 km/h
Yuk – the wind won’t be getting much weaker. At the moment, there is none. How long will this last???
Everyone is in Hamilton and everyone has been fed.
They have all made it back to the motel and should be in bed.
At dinner they were pondering the possibilities for the next day and reflecting on the past
But now they should be snoring … shhh! Go back to sleep!
What are some of the things that we always do on the M2M?
- We train really hard before hand (or that is the intention) …
- We battle the elements …
- We enjoy the scenery …
- We enjoy each others company …
- We have lots of laughs …
- We ride in to Port Fairy together … and …
- We celebrate Noelle’s birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOELLE
(And the cake tasted as good as it looked …
Finally everyone has made it to Hamilton – all in one piece.
Everyone is comparing notes – did you or didn’t you?
Did they get any photos? No
Have they crashed any bikes? No
Are the cars still running? Yes
Are there any more broken spokes? No
There is one thing that eveyone agrees on – it is going to be cold in the morning.
Good afternoon riders, support crew, social media and 7 year olds – Its a balmy 13c and plummeting quickly – where’s the global warming out here I ask?!.
Confirming that we are all on time to meet at the Golden Chain Hamilton (28 Goldsmith St) later this afternoon to wish Stephen well on his 20k warm up ride before we head off to the Thai restaurant at 6.30
Safe travels, enjoy the sing song in the car (we’re up to 37 green bottles at Ballarat).
If anyone is in touch with Flash Mick, remember it’s warm, there a strong back wind and we’re in the lead.
… it was done!
Have you guessed what the problem was?
A broken spoke!
I hear you ask “what problems could a broken spoke cause?” which is exactly what Mr Whatever asked the bikeshop man.
“Nothing much except the wheel might buckle”!
PS. It is cold in Hamilton!