Day 4 brought with it some sore bodies after the enormous 220km effort from Chinchilla to Roma the previous day. Nothing but blue skies on Tuesday and a rest day with only 90kms traveled, from Roma to Mitchell, Queensland.The day started with one of our Ride West traditions, a barbecue breakfast supplied by our friends at Pumps n Solar. Pumps n Solar is an agri-business that has been operating in Roma for 25 years.
After we were all fuelled up, we headed approximately 50kms on to Muckadilla, Queensland, where the support crew whipped up some homemade snacks and refreshing drinks.
We then trekked on to Mitchell, having to really watch our tracks as there were many cattle crossing the road. We have decided that cycle-mustering will not be the next farmers fad.
We arrived at Major Mitchell Caravan Park and were greeted by the fantastic Craig and team, as we settled in to a great barbecue lunch and even got to have a play with Craigs refurbished VW Combi.
To finish the day we were asked to visit St Patrick’s School, Mitchell. On arrival the students and teachers cheered on the team and rewarded them with a very generous donation.
The generosity and enthusiasm from the local communities we have visited, brings to light the value of Ridewest.
Day 5 – Anzac DayThe day started with an early ‘Gunfire’ milk and rum toast to remember the ANZAC’s, before hopping on the bikes to ride to Morven in time for the ANZAC Day Ceremony.
The team had a long 200km day ahead of them. Along the way, we were met with Grant and Jane Maudsley from AgForce Queensland. They were on the side of the road waving signs and cheering the team on. Grant even brought his bike and cycled with the team.
We then stopped at Mungalala Internet Cafe and had coffee refreshments and even got to meet a little wallaby. Our International rider Glenn got up close and personal with the Aussie wildlife icon.
We then moved on to the beautiful town of Morven, Queensland for their ANZAC ceremony and laid a wreath on behalf of Ridewest and were humbled by the love compassion this town has for our fallen soldiers. It was a touching and personal ceremony and it was great to see the whole town involved. Thank you to the Morven community for putting on lunch and an amazing service, so that we could all get involved on this sacred occasion.
The day ended with a lovely spread and even gluten free treats for our birthday boy Simon Wheelans from the Augathella Bowls Club.
Looking forward to Day 6 where the journey from Augathella to Blackall begins.We are humbled and encouraged by the amazing support we receive in each town. This event is to help these amazing outback Queensland communities with mental health and suicide awareness.
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