On saturday afternoon, we completed the long ride with more than 200 bikes rolling into Sydney in convoi to end up at Darling Harbour celebrating the successful completion of almost 4000 km through three States and one Territory. All in the name of raising awareness of an important men's health issue – prostate cancer.
And what a ride it was! Where ever we went we engaged with the community and many people offered on-the-spot donations for the cause. It just shows how many families are directly or indirectly affected. The overall support was overwhelming.
The general plan was to group near the airport and then roll into the city as one large convoi. Unfortunately, the police escort didn't show up and with so many traffic lights to cross and many riders being unfamiliar with Sydney it is needless to say that this venture ended up in carnage. The group got broken up at the first set of lights and we followed a bunch of people heading straight towards George St – a place you don't want to be on a saturday at lunch time.
But most of us made it in the end and we enjoyed a celebratory beverage on the habour front, followed by a dinner cruise later that evening.
While my backside was in need of a wee rest, we were sad that it all ended. No break down this time – the Dakar performed to expectations. Apparently, the next Long Ride will be organised for 2013 heading to Cooktown in northern Queensland.