Day 5 – Highways, Hangovers and Hunger

Day 5 is completed and we are now just over half way through our Brisbane to Sydney fund raiser So far everything has amazingly been running smoothly, both on the road and with the day to day organisation of moving 19 cyclists from town to town at speeds of up to 70 kms an hour (downhill admittedly!) This morning the clouds had cleared, except for a few of the team who had taken to ‘rehydrating’ with serious vigour last night! Bike maintenance was the order of the day after yesterdays ride through wet, mud and cow pooh… Today we even had the luxury of a late start and a ‘real’ breakfast instead of the normal fare of ham and a cheese roll on the bike We headed off to the Old Butter Factory for breakfast,  a treat for any of you travelling the Mid North Coast.  The owner even donated 10% of the bill to Fighting Chance… great bloke!! Day-5 Food of course is what gives us the fuel we need to pedal all day.  Basically we eat as much of what we like, when we like and spend most of the ride munching on bananas, sports bars and gels, and Gatorade to keep our energy up I also take natural supplements like 3Cordyceps ( The 65km ‘rest and recovery’ ride through Urunga, Hungry Head, Valla and Macksville was scenic, hilly and very enjoyable. The highway sections were hectic and required maximum concentration as huge trucks, retirees pulling caravans and speeding vehicles raced past us Lunch was in Macksville on the Nambucca River, a town populated by real characters – one of which commented in a long slow drawl when looking at one rider resting on the grass   “Looks like the fat one’s dead!!!…” Macksville also has the Star Hotel – a great Cold Chisel venue for the over 50s. We rode through some lovely country side and visited the coastal highlights such as Hungry Head and ended up at Scotts Head caravan park and had an afternoon swim to soothe the aching legs – gotta love that! Happy birthday to Steve Grant of Vision Personal Training Mona Vale in Mona Vale who celebrated his 35th on tour. Still riding well for an old feller! While we are all enjoying the challenge our thoughts regularly go back to the reason we are doing this On the Fighting Chance website at reference is made to the connection that the riders have made with the Fighting Chance patients following the Team scarf/bandana presentation that we held just prior to the ride. It was a simple idea that has had an extraordinary impact on the connectedness of the team to the Fighting Chance patients – and the riders are are thrilled to continue getting regular messages of support and encouragement from the individual patients that presented them with their scarf/bandana. Glenn Dobson Thanks again to those of you who have so generously donated. One more request though…. can you please take a second or two to think of 2 or 3 people who you know who may be interested in following the Tour and connect them to the cause. We really are working to try and raise awareness and support for Fighting Chance. Many thanks again! Warm wishes from Scotts Head and more updates tomorrow…… To donate please go to Glenn Dobson is the Managing Director of the KONA Group and raising funds for Fighting Chance, a charity that supports young people with cerebral palsy and other severe disabilities. For more information on KONA’s sales and sales management training and coaching courses in Sydney or Melbourne Australia, or how you can donate to our Brisbane to Sydney ride please call 1300 611 288 or email