In 2016, inspired by both my father and father in law who were both dealing with prostate cancer, I took part in an event called The Long Ride. A ride my father spoke about doing whilst laid up in hospital. I rode from Melbourne to Margaret River in Western Australia (and back!! with my number one and favorite passenger (Sam)
Riding from Melbourne to Margaret River, my father was one of my biggest supporters. Always asking questions about the ride, sharing stories about trips he had made in his travels. It was an amazing bonding experience, full of laughter, father to son advice, son to father responses. It created connection in many ways, for both him and me.
My father passed away 4 weeks after I returned. In a funny way, doing the long ride gave him something to live for. He still recons I was crazy, riding there with more than 400 others bikes (who I had never met before), then coming back with my other biggest supporter sitting on the back of the bike. Total 8890Km traveled in 16 days.
In 2017, The Long Ride took us to Tasmania.
Not overly a long ride, but did manage to wear out a set of brake pads..
Now in 2019, we are doing it again. On the 4th of May 2019 (one week before the Melbourne ride departs), we head off, following the coast all the way to Rockhampton QLD. From there we head inland and meet up with close to 400 fellow riders from all over Australia in Barcaldine, then to Darwin. The trip distance for me is close to 6000km one way.
I am taking a longer route to get there because I can…Why not…
This trip has its own challenges, some are listed below:
• Doing it two up – i.e. with a passenger
• Living out of a 10kg pannier box for two weeks
• Yet to decide how to get the bike back (read the challenge below – if you’re up for it)
• Use about 400 liters of fuel – one way
So, why do it….Why not I say…
After I shared my story last year, the feedback from my sponsors was amazing. I could not have done it without your words of inspiration, love and support. To those great people I met on the long ride, I am looking forward to meeting up with you again and checking in.
To be clear, we pay for our own costs of fuel, accommodation, meals etc. All funds raised go directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. If you chose to support us on this long ride, we appreciate your donation, and if you are unable, then we appreciate your time in viewing our profile.
OK, here is the challenge.
I have set a target of raising $10,000. In 2016 I was the highest individual fund raiser for the ride.
For this ride, if we can get to $15,000, then I will ride the bike back…Call it a dash for cash….this will make my ride close to 12,000 km, or 600 km per day for 21 days.
So, I am up for the challenge – how about you!!
All the best – Leigh
Some happy snaps from my previous long rides are attached