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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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You're going to do us (GW) proud Mathew !
Love reading your 'take' on the days riding, and other exploits, especially your training for the lead up to you're epic ride you and Reidy are undertaking.
Is this going to be an Annual event ? Can't wait to read / hear how it all pans out...
Thanks Pete! Im not sure if it will be an annual event..but keep an eye out though, its very possible. OMG OMG OMG OMG....last day till blast off!! Nervous jitters...heebejeebees brrrrrrr!! LOL
Paddy rings his new girlfriend's door bell, with a big bunch of flowers. She opens the door, sees the flowers, and drags him in. She lies back on the couch, pulls her skirt up, rips her knickers off and says 'This is for the flowers!'
'Don't be silly,' says Paddy, 'You must have a vase somewhere!'
Excellent, as its St Pats day I think its appropriate that it gets copied to FB Lorraine :)
I am not going to say a thing Lorraine about you joke !!!!!!!!!!
You will have to tell us a few more over coffee then Lorraine!
i just had deja vu
Had every intention of getting there today but a few late night phone calls ruined that idea.
That should have been me getting some of that attention instead of Reidy too, I am the Irish Mick after all :(
Managed to get about 40 kms in this arvo so all is well with the world again (except for the Reidy bit).
Glad you guys had a good day out again, Happy St. Patricks Day !
Two Irishmen were sitting in a pub when the Tour de France came onto the television. The two lads watched the cyclists for a while when one asked,
“Why do they do that?”
“Do what?” said the other.
“Go on them bikes for miles and miles, up and down the hills, round the bends. Day after day, week after week. No matter if it’s icy, raining, snowing, hailing . . . why would they torture themselves like that?”
“It’s all for the money,” says the other. “The winner gets half a million pounds.”
“I see.” says the first, “But why do the others do it?”
Sorry you couldn't make it today Mike. Excellent Irish cycling joke!
Great ride report, Frank! Too bad I missed it, but I had some money to spend on a new bike - which looks very much like the Felt in the picture, but is a different model. ...I seriously missed you all on the Gawler-Kapunda Rd by about 10 minutes - you all must have had some speed up.
Great job, Terry - hopefully I'll be able to keep up with you next time but if you're gaining speed like that, maybe not!
Good luck to Reidy and Mathew! Great cause, go hard, boys.
I hope to join the Wheelers next week on my new wheels, if I can figure out a way to pick it up by then. It'll be interesting if that's my first ride - never ridden a real road bike before! In the meantime, this joke seemed appropriate (medical related) :)
An Irishman goes to the Doctor....
'Dactor, it's me ahrse. I'd loik ya ta teyhk a look, if ya woot'.
So the doctor gets him to drop his pants and takes a look.
'Incredible'he says, 'there is a $20 note lodged up here.'
Tentatively he eases the twenty out of the man's bottom, and then a $10 pound note appears.
'This is amazing!'exclaims the Doctor. ''What do you want me to do?'
'Well fur gadness sake teyhk it out, man! 'shrieks the patient.
The doctor pulls out the tenner and another twenty appears, and another and another and another, etc.....
Finally the last note comes out and no more appear.
'Ah Dactor, tank ya koindly, dat's moch batter. Just out of interest, how moch was in dare den?'
The Doctor counts the pile of cash and says '$1,990 exactly.'
'Ah, dat'd be roit,'' says the Irishman
'I knew I wasn't feeling two grand..'
Hurry up and get back on the saddle Girl so you can come smash me on the roads...