Gra Nomad Wanderings

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Crock should be playing for Australia at Beijing but he had some appointments he couldn't cancel. Bad luck mate. He is just a bit better than I am at table tennis.
LJ is probably as good a drummer as I am. Trouble is I won't improve a heck of a lot from here on in. He's got more chance of playing for a band than I have.

Smokes is a famous cyclist. She rode across the Nullarbor. She's also great with little kids. Lives in WA but follows the V8 Supercars all over Oz.

A lovely young couple who crossed the Nullarbor earlier this year. Looks a bit cool eh?

Here's LJ in his Chariott. Deb tows him behind her on her Raceline bike. They are both legends and will be performing at Dubbo in September.
That was a bit of a mix and match today eh? Sorry about that.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008


Graham Brown, myself and Andy Baltaks

Team leader, Jim Blaxland, rider Alan Melmoth and roadie Geoff.

A great time was had by all! Though it was damn cold I can tell you!
Distances ridden each day were: Sat - 87, Sun - 25, (that was before the actual BFB ride), Mon - 75, Tue - 104, Wed - 103, Thur - 108, Fri - 75 (most in the rain) and finally Fri - 108.
It seemed that each day was just a bit harder than the day before. Though Friday was only 75 km, the consistent rain made riding less than ideal. Saturday was the hilly day from Canowindra to Yeoval. Other towns where we stayed were Parkes, Condobolin, West Wyalong and Grenfell. The local churches that opened their doors for us and often provided sumptuous meals were greatly appreciated. Wow! Underfloor heating in the Uniting Church at Canowindra! Two of the days - Wednesday and Thursday, were VERY cold. For me, it meant I rode for three or more hours with no feeling in my toes!
Money raised this year goes towards Wontulp-Bi-Buya College in Cairns. It equips Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to reach out to their own communities with God's Word using local forms of communication and language. This is an initiative of the Bible Society.
What was a real thrill for me was to cycle with Andy Baltaks and Graham Brown, two blokes I went to Wagga Teachers College with 46 years ago!!!
PS Late News (13 Aug): Deb (#1 daughter from Sydney) is on track to come to Dubbo to be part of the Bike for Bibles DUBBO COFFEE SHOP EASY RIDE from 8-13 Sept. Great news. She anticipates riding with Logan in the trailer behind the bike (not an easy task.... I tried it!!) I'll give more details about that ride in a day or so.

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