Gra Nomad Wanderings

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


New Chariot for Logan Jack! He just rode Sydney Spring Cycle in it being towed by Debbie behind her bike. The three of us did 40+ km, along with about 7,000 other people.
Small flower garden looked good when we returnd from travelling around. The roses are certainly plentiful.
Peugeot 37 wagon! How flash is that? More photos later.... I'm chatting with Dicko!

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Monday, October 15, 2007


George is actually a pirate in real life - when he's not cycling!
Here's the B2 team! Go the B2 B2 B2s!!!!

Just finished another great Bike for Bibles (BFB) ride. This was #11 for me.

I first did a BFB ride in 1993 when living in Cooma. Most of them have been one week long and covering about 1,000 km (600 miles). They are fundraising rides and the money raised goes towards developing literacy programs in countries such as India, Kenya, Uganda, Myanma and this year Cambodia. I have now raised in excess of $20,000 since that first ride.

Fay came on this year's ride as part of the food team. She did a great job on her inaugural trip. That's her in the white shirt in picture #3.

The ride (accident-free - thanks God) went from Cessnock in the Hunter Valley to Merriwa, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Narrabri, Wee Waa, Gunnedah, Quirindi, Muswellbrook and back to Cessnock. Congratulations to Jim Blaxland once again for a successful ride.

I rode with the B2 team which included Dave McCubbin, John Gardiner, Matt, Col Potts, Nic, Gra R, Rosemary, Blake Gardiner and Dianna. Bottom photo shows just about the whole group, minus Fay taking the shot.

Hey, nearly cleaned up a roo that decided to cross the road at a strategic time. Lucky the brakes worked well!

I haven't reached my target yet of $3,000 so if you want to sponsor me, there's still a chance. Ring me on 0411 386 814. Thanks for those folk who have sponsored me. Reckon the kids in Cambodia will be the beneficiaries.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007


Frank and Val Bulluss and myself
Bruce and Ros Valentine, Graham Wright and Brian Munro
It was great to attend the official dinner in Campbelltown (south-west Sydney) to celebrate 100 years of Hurlstone Agricultural High School (HAHS). There were hundreds and hundreds of people there.
I sat at a table which included Bruce and Ros Valentine from Orange (I taught one of their 3 kids), Graham Wright from out the back of Sydney, and Brian and Jan Munro from Leeton. I caught up with heaps of people including Graeme Gardiner whose father was the deputy principal, Denis Simond, Jim Clegg, John Abercrombie, Ian Champion, Ken Fishpool, Michael Kidd (ex principal), Col Davis (Maths teacher and cricket coach), Leon Zietsch (excuse spelling.... a biology teacher). A beaut night. Brother Bill will be catching up with Ken F and maybe Ian Champion at a reunion next year in Orange. I catch up with Wrighty fairly often as we both went through WWTC together. I hold him in very high regard. Brian is still a practising vet in Leeton. It was great to catch up with them. The blokes I do keep in touch with are Bob Barrett (formerly Parrott), Phil Crocker and Frank Hawkes. Unfortunately those 3 were not able to attend.
Would you believe Val Bulluss went through kinder, first class and second class with me back in 1949-51. School - Liverpool Infants School. I find it hard to believe. She was Val Flegg from Liverpool.
The next post will be about the Bike for Bibles ride... Cessnock to Narrabri return. That's quite a story!!! Thanks for the lend of your computer bro Alan.

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