The first one that comes to mind, and I can honestly say, never in Smiddy history, has one of our events been gifted with such incredibly good weather conditions. Six days and 1200 kilometres covered at an average speed of 30 km/h. These days I am happy if I can do a river loop in Brisbane and average that speed for 32 kilometres.
The owners built a small rundown and out-of-date sanctuary out the back of the pub, which was home to a variety of birds, wallabies, emus and an impressive ten foot salt water croc. Later that night Kevvy and I were discussing that croc and we swear it was in the exact same position, with the same cheeky grin, sleepy eyes and impressive sharp teeth back in 2009 when we were completing the second leg of my around Australia trip. We decided that yes it was alive and not a fake but what do you think?
The road kill is always hilarious when the Donnelly boys take the stage and last night was no different. Jimmy actually admitted to being in awe of the road kill count because they counted 15 kangaroos. I just sat there and smiled and thought we need these lads to do road kill on the Brisbane - Townsville ride one year. Day Seven in 2008 was an ongoing two-year drought; meaning animals venture closer to the road for any semblance of greenery. It was that year, that our road kill counter in Andrew Schindler, had a mental breakdown, not to mention a permanent sinus condition, from counting over 300 kangaroos in just the one day. Since then Day Seven has always been referred to as entering the 'Kill Zone.'
My apologies to those other 'early-busting-for-a-pee' riders in the peloton that each morning rely on my early yellow room stops because of my bladder. Just quickly I need to clarify one more thing about wee and pee and all things yellow. If you hear me say this; "mate my teeth are swimming"! I really need to stop. That is my critical point for urine explosion.
"Well you have 20-minutes before the bus comes to take us to dinner, so pull your finger out!"
I don't say anything out loud, but I think he may not recall the one time I asked him to write a blog when we were travelling down the West Coast of Australia. I gave him five days notice and it took him another three days to write 500 words. Anyway with this news delivered from Kevvy it means I know have to go into emergency highlight mode. Meaning the rest of this blog will be short highlights of what stood out for me today. Enjoy.