On the road again
From The Snowy Ride website www.snowyride.com.au
The Snowy Ride is a motorcycle event run annually in the Alpine Region of NSW and has raised over 1.3 million dollars for the "Steven Walter Fund".
The "Steven Walter Fund", which is the organiser and main benefactor of the Snowy Ride, is a non-profit organisation which was started following the passing of nineteen year old Steven Walter after an eight year battle with cancer. The Fund is involved in raising money for research into childhood cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment in children.
All monies raised by the Fund go directly to "The Children's Cancer Institute Australia" and all funds are directed into research.
This is the second time I have done the Snowy Ride - Garry and I had so much fun last year that we rebooked our accommodation in Thredbo before we left.
2008 has been a high stress year - the BOSS completed her final year at school and I launched a new business and became more of a workaholic with no life.
4 days full-on riding in the Snowy region is my type of "holiday".
We also doubled our number for this years jaunt. Jen, Ian, Nicole and Peter joined Mark, Garry and myself for the ride. I was riding my new Aprilia Sportcity 250 and I had barely run-in the engine. Garry was riding an MP3 400 loaned to us by Piaggio and Peter was riding a vintage Vespa PX200 which he had tweaked and tinkered with and was "nursing" her the distance. Pete has also learned to carry a jerry can of extra petrol as his fuel tank is the smallest in our group - and he is prone to running out at the most inopportune moments.
The other four riders were on "bikes" but we still allowed them to ride with us.
We left Sydney after work and headed down the coast - thankfully the weather was clear and the view from the top of Mt Ousley was spectacular. We stopping at Belmore Basin for fish n chips before continuing on to Nowra. Garry and I stayed at mum's while the rest of the mob found a motel.