Orford to Hobart
Time: 26 Hours 46 minutesClimbing:
8003 metres (more than the elevation of Mt Everest)
Kill Count By Natalie and Serge1Visor,
1 Budgie,1 radio! 1 pair of sunnies, 1 tube, 1 dead car! 1 bollard, 1 turtle, 1
to Stephen Russell of Russells and Brendan Whipps of Harcourts due to their recruiting prowess in encouraging other riders within their workplace and networks to be a part of Smiling for Smiddy. These two gentlemen have their heart in the right place and embody the Smiddy
spirit and want to help us fund critical research.
This morning, Captain “Gnome” Kevvy chose Archie Tait for the final cowbell ringing of the Tassie Smiddy Challenge and we left the Eastcoaster Resort close on 7am.
By the time we reached the Motel, it was 4:30pm, and while trying to juggle too much luggage, bikes and bike bag, I tripped over backwards and landed on my bike, which made an almighty loud crash. Thank you Mr Smiddy for helping me up and to Kelly for getting me and my stuff to the room! Having just 90 minutes to do this blog before the dinner function tonight at Ball and Chain Grill Restaurant, I was in a rush to get the blog written and get all the words down.
Sharky's Favourite Moments from Day 5
- Last night, Johno was sharing with Chris Hertle and Carl Airey. Johno had mentioned that Chris was snoring so loudly that he put earplugs in and could STILL hear him. So out came the noise cancelling headphones, in addition to the earplugs. Johno could STILL hear him and couldn't sleep a wink. The only thing left was to smother himself with his own pillow and hope that he wouldn't suffocate himself overnight. Nice work, Chris!
- Cookie got a hard time last night for his, um "technique", he uses when pushing people. Naturally today he fixed all his critics when each time he pushed someone, especially the ladies, he pulled out one of his thongs and used that so his hand didn't actually come into contact with that person's anatomy. Nice work, Cook Man!
- Cookie again, 500m from finishing safe and sound, hit a bollard on the bike path we were travelling on. End result: one broken collarbone and plastic surgery needed on his hand. The tough bugger still finished the ride, participated in the many hugs and handshakes and was a part of the huddle. Only after that did he mention to the team that he may need to go to hospital to check his collarbone.
- Killer at morning tea, just before roll out, warned the peloton of the dangerous 5km steep downhill dirt section coming up. We would approach it at speed and he suggested we would slow down to transition from the tar to the dirt. Well that a cracker of a section that was! I remember looking down at my speedo on the dirt doing 55km/h and Killer and Phil Anderson were pulling away from me. Everyone got through that section safe and sound; some with grins and others with grimaces and looks of relief!
- Once again, Brooke surprised the peloton at lunch with a lovely reward of a Freddo Frog each. Thanks Brookey, much appreciated by us hungry, ravenous Smiddy animals.
- On behalf of all the team at Smiling for Smiddy, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the riders' loved ones, especially those present at tonight's final function, for allowing them to do this ride. Without your support and encouragement, Smiddy events would not be possible.
- And lastly a quick message to all you riders that completed their very first Smiddy ride today. Go home and rest up for a week. The next time you ride with your local rider group, don't be surprised if you are at different levels of fitness compared to before the Tassie Smiddy Challenge. Smiddy events do that to you. Never at home will you ride at that sort of pace, climb that sort of altitude and ride that sort of distance, for five days straight. Enjoy your new found fitness and confidence and hang onto it like a Smiddy badge of honour-- you earned it!