I have to tell you, today “Baby Gorilla” was really under the pump with his kill count. As you can see by the above total of kangaroo’s lying on the side of the road we had definitely entered what the great Andrew Schindler would refer to as “The Kill Zone”. The amazing thing about Baby gorilla is that every time a kill is potted he must – under the road kill counting laws – ring a bell, which he does as diligently as an honours student studying for their final exam. Let me share with you his undying devotion to the cause. Shortly before morning his one and only bell carked it and refused to “ding”. Baby Gorilla then, for the remainder of the day, every time a kill was spotted would sing out “ding” in a very loud and clear voice. Not only that, but I shared a tip with him on how the 2 Victorians on this years Challenge ever, Nick and Dan, remembered the road kill count. They would sing a Christmas Carol called the 12 days of Christmas and replace the words with the names of animals. So Craig started to do this as well, but he soon bored with it and changed it to Sesame Street and the dude called “The Count” Ah! Ah! Ah! We are all so extremely proud of his efforts today and as a surprise I presented him with a back up bell that I had saved for just this sort of incident occurring.
- Tony Ganter for his incredible kindness the day before we started this ride in Esperance. You see in the planning stages of this ride it was decided as Jeff and Ruth were driving over that we would give him our gear. Which we did and Jeff did an amazing job getting everyone’s gear over here except he left behind my packing box. I only bring this up, not to make Jeff feel bad, but to share the story of what Tony did for me. Everything I needed for the trip was in there, 7in7 bike gear, all my supplements, vitamins, clothes, running shoes. Tony grabbed me by the scruff of the neck after breakfast that day and took me shopping. He would not take no for an answer and I am incredibly grateful for his help in securing the items I really needed for this trip.
- The other lads and the girls also pitched in and shared their supplements, bike kits, food and anything that I required. I felt like crying when I found out my box was left behind, but after receiving their support and kindness I felt like cring as I was surrounded by such amazing people.
- Thankyou to Ray Smith for being the washing boy so far on this trip. Not a great job that one, but very much appreciated by the group.
- Thankyou again to Kevvy and Jeff for two things; one, for not getting lost today, and two, for being such wonderful people. Poor Jeff is suffering with all the lifting as he was sick for an extended time prior to the trip and lost some of his strength. He assures me he is ok and will get stronger as his body adapts.
- Every time I use this iPad I think of my mate John Martin. Thankyou again for your incredible kindness my old mate for trusting me with your iPad. As you can see it is coming in handy and we would be lost without it.