After committing to Ride in the Ride to Conquer Cancer earlier this year alot seems to have happened. Gary’s dad has been diagnosed and given months to live, we have merged our transport business, i have launched Enjoy Jewellery Box … its all gone so fast. Team Yabba did an amazing job raising $20 000 between the four of us, and everyone was pretty excited to get the legs moving now the fundraising had been done. Gary had helped me get my bike ready the night before and had our girls (and himself) write messages i could read on the ride. It was so awesome, as there were actually times i was riding by myself … which given 1300 people were riding i didn’t expect would happen. I loved looking down and seeing their messages.
Apart from my team, i was lucky to know quiet a few people riding too which made the journey so fun. I was so touched by the amount of cancer survivors who had their yellow flags on their bikes. I had to congratulate each of them when i saw them, as i thought it was a challenge when i had not even had cancer to battle in my life.
Our team had organised a fundraising dinner in June to help raise our funds, and the night of the dinner everyone who attended were invited to ride the names of loved ones who had lost their fight or were fighting cancer. We rode for all those people, it was a privilage!
the ride was broken up into different stages with pit stops to get drinks, food, sunscreen, lip balm, have a toilet stop … this is the second pit stop on the first day.
we had fun along the way, and lucky for me i had friends to help me when i punctured only 5 kms from the finish on the first day i was just at the turn off … i couldn’t believe it!
when we got into camp, we enjoyed showers and a rest. All these tents had been erected and numbered. This was the accomodation
I actually rocked up to the wrong tent by accident … which proved to add a few laughs. I made a few extra friends LOL
we had a delayed start due to heavy fog on sunday
It was a challenging day on Sunday, my legs were hurting alot, and by half way i just wanted to get home. I kept thinking about all those people with the yellow flags, or even worse all those who would love to be riding but who couldn’t. I would be lying if I didn’t tell you i wasn’t elated to cross the finish line and see my family
of course the journey would not have been complete without jewellery
every yellow cycling bracelet we sell $10 goes to Conquer Cancer – of course i was wearing mine and also had yellow crystal earrings to get into the spirit of yellow!
its a good feeling to help support a good cause. I encourage everyone to do something similar.