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*** TODAY's PHOTO GALLERY BELOW ***
This beautiful St Patrick’s Day morning started with Reidy getting right into the Irish tradition of “Kiss me, I’m Irish”!....see photo below.
During the ride brief we all gave a big welcome to newbie John. He mentioned that he had never cycled with more than one person before, was not sure how he would go on a group ride and that if he could not keep up he would turn back. That’s not what GW is about! He stayed with us all the way and rode really well. He must have enjoyed the GW experience as he was one of the last to leave Jaspers Café after the ride. Well done John.
We also wished Reidy and Matthew all the best for the Ride4Repat Tour that they are participating in next week. It’s an epic 930km ride for a very worthwhile cause. Matthew & Reidy, we would love to hear how the prep has gone and your thoughts about the epic journey you are about to undertake. I am sure that they would appreciate a few words of encouragement from all AC and GW members. Look out also for a great interview with Reidy on the Channel Nine news on Sunday night. You can also still donate via this link:
This morning’s ride can be best described as “just right”. Blessed with perfect weather we headed off to Freeling, which whilst only a gentle incline does require some effort. That’s the hardest leg on this route. The ideal conditions on the leg to Wasleys helped us get there in record time at speeds of well over 45kph. The final leg back to Gawler was just as exciting and most averaged over 30kph on the home leg.
The best part of the ride though for many was seeing the usual fast break-away group come to a screeching halt a few km’s from home due to one of the group having a flat. That meant that the rest of us could zoom past them and get back to Jaspers first for a change. Sorry guys…I couldn’t resist!!
NEXT WEEK: We will be holding our first TRI-RIDE. We will all ride together through the Barossa to Williamstown. From there riders will have the option of splitting off into three separate rides….depending on your preference and your pain threshold!! Full details will be posted on AC Events. YOU….yes YOU ..are welcome to attend! Today's photo gallery follows:
Reidy spent all morning saying to the girls "Kiss me, I'm Irish!"↓
Dale (right) looking at his watch and thinking "when do I get my kiss?"↓
Sue, saying "you are not really Irish are you Frank?"...(I missed out!)↓
Reidy and Matthew used today's ride to warm up for the Ride4Repat Tour↓
The luck of the Irish was not with Gary today...got a flat↓
We respect other road users. They respect us.↓
Mark (right) with newbie John who was having a great time!↓
TEC Mick always keeps a close eye on those at the back of the group↓
Time for a stretch at Freeling↓
Re-group at the GW Freeling Headquarters↓
Love those dainty pink gloves Sue, where did you get them from?↓
Lorraine's legs were the centre of attention at Wasleys (rightfully so!)↓
Today's Ride4Repat article in the The Advertiser↓
Paul (right) with Matthew who passed the Ride4Repat donation tin around after the ride↓
..and here is what he said on AC after he tallied the donations↓
Article that appeared in "The Gawler Bunyip" local newspaper this week↓
Wilson post-ride explaining next weeks TRI-RIDE Event↓
Today's St. Patrick's Day challenge: Post an Irish joke (clean)...here is one to kick-off. ↓
Gawler Wheelers is all about comradeship, fun, fitness and chasing our dreams. Join the GW group on AC. Come on our rides. Contact details below. Until next week >> Cheers for now...Frank.
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Paddy wanted to be an accountant, so he went and took the Irish accountancy exam.
Examiner: If I give you two rabbits and then I give you another two rabbits, how many rabbits do you have?
Examiner: No, listen carefully again. If I give you two rabbits and then I give you another two rabbits, how many rabbits have you got?
Examiner: Let's try this another way. If I give you two bottles of beer and then I give you another two bottles of beer, how many bottles of beer have you got?
Examiner: Good! Now, if I give you two rabbits and then I give you another two rabbits, how many rabbits have you got?
Examiner: How on earth do you work out that two lots of two rabbits is five?
Paddy: I've already got one rabbit at home!
Love it Patrick!!! Trust you are well mate?
Gee thanks Frank!!! You sure that was the good pic????
REIDY I wondered if it was photo shopped but then again who wouldn't get big headed when receiving kisses from such beauties
Yeah it was Reidy!!! I wouldn't worry if I was you mate....everyone will be only looking at those lovely ladies either side of you!!!
Great write up once again Frank...Well to the Newbie John my hat goes off to you mate... He just kept on going and going and here we all are with our so called light bikes and bike riding gear and there was John with an old steel bike, normal shorts and shirt, no wizz bang big deal pedals to clip into. Man oh man you are ONE tough bugga for sure..Didnt hear you complain ONCE even when I could see you were hurting big time. Inspired me John thats all I can say...WELL DONE!!!!!
AS for my effort today hmmm happy with my speed (hit 51.3 at one stage) and climbing(average 21.5) BUT that bloody finish part I keep getting lost on LMAO.. did the same thing last Sat night..oh well I am sure I'll get it right next time...I hope..Need my riding buddie (Lee) to get out quickly so I dont get lost(if I can stay in touch with him)..
Good to see people helping others that had punctures as I am sure at some stage I will get one...and no accidents that I know of today...
Good ride..good people. Thanks for the morning event all :)
We got some hill climbing training to do this week Lee if I am up to it with the work load I have this week LOL...
Yer good on you TRACK CYCLES for helping Lee out with his insurance claim...yer big help indeed NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! useless bunch of IDIOTS. So looks like that mob have lost a sale with Lee for his next bike..Probably 3-4 grands worth.Oh well they loose and Star Cycles will probably win LOL...
Thanks for your kind words Terry. I did feel a bit stiff at Freeling as I walked across the road to the loo. Funny how you don't really feel much below the waist while you are actually on the bike. I think I must have a nerve in the wrong spot cause the seat seems to send everything down there numb! Maybe that's not such a bad thing!LOL But then when you get off the bike and try to walk . . . !!
Did not really prepare myself for this ride as it was a bit of a spur of the moment decision at about 10pm Friday night. And by the time I worked my way through this website, including the 15 pages of Guidlines, and signing up for Bike SA membership etc I only got about 5 hours sleep. And I really did start hurting around Roseworthy when the fuel tank got close to empty. So am going to get a decent sleep, and also bring some sugar snakes next Saturday. Maybe when I lose about 20kg of excess body weight then that's when I might lash out and get a better bike. Might even do a couple of practice rides this week up the SOBT!
I hit my max speed since I was a teenager yesterday - down the hill on the way to Templers - 26 MPH. I used to almost keep up with the cars on the Port Road coming home at 2am in the orning after sorting letters at the mail exchange in Grenfell Street. Must have been around 32 or 33 MPH I think. Not sure whether I will ever manage that again!
I reckon you had a ball !
Although I didn't ride with GW on Sat, I enjoyed hearing about your ride over coffee at Jaspers, and by all accounts you did very well on your vintage machine.
Hope to see you out on a GW ride again soon :)
Your not the only person who feels numb below the bum area LOL...infact the bum is usually the first place to go numb during a longish ride...As far as you loosing 20kg before a better bike well there are heavier people than you on the rides so you worrying about weight is no issue.. Love to see your butt on a wizz bang bike John. You certainly got some strength there John and I envy you...
See you out on the next ride mate if your there...Might even see you on the SOB during the week..
Great day out with the GWs! Rode in from home and then got thrown in a few photoshoots(as you do..)as i arrived into jaspers by The great man Frank. After a few kms(or maybe 1km) i decided to spin my legs out as i was a bit cold, it didnt take long to warm up, all you have to so is find the right group to ride with thats moving at a fast pace and see how long you can hold on for(just like a jumper or jacket only cheaper). The sun came out and this made me smile as we arrived in freeling, from then on the speeds went crazy insane fast of up to nearly 70km/h, my maximum speed reads 69.6km/h, not to mention about 45km/h up some small hills(bumps). Almost into gawler a hissing sound could be heard, and Andrew encountered the dreaded <Word deleted for safety purposes> and we stopped for him, then zoom came past pretty much everyone else as we waited for a bit, then we were off again and made into Jaspers at a reasonable time of the day, with time to spare for recovery drinks(beer,coffee..oh and sports drinks!), bit of a nibble and a chat or 2. Then it got even better (well especially for the Daw House Hospice foundation the charity im helping to raise dollars to restore some of their older buildings, that are in disaray and for much more needed help) when i brought out a collection tin for the RIDE4REPAT, and my tin suddenly got much more heavy and alot quieter(less jingly!!), i think this must be a good thing...or someone filled it up with rubber cement whist i wasnt looking(jokes lol). Seriously though, Thanks to everyone who donated, contributed and has offered much needed support and feedback, this i direct to my GW family, so truly thankyou it means alot to me. Seeyous all in the not too distant future!
PS. my preparation recently has been eating lots of pasta, rice cream, fruit, breads and other carb loaded things. Also im trying also to settle myself down, im a bit excited!! Oh and the odd occasional ride here and there leading up to now. =D