A nice social ride, I had a little drizzle to contend with on the way in but from Elder Park onwards the weather got better and just kept on improving, a little breezy on the seafront but clear blue sunny skies. Pancakes and variations of bacon and eggs restored riders for the ride up to Goodwood taking a suburban street ride from West Beach to the tramway as led by Peter H. I think all riders would agree that Spartacus could do with a new jersey with the message "Don't follow me I'm lost" Spartacus also suffered a clip stack which looked and sounded really bad but fortunately he seemed to suffer only some minor grazing, bruise report to follow.
Lots of faces on this ride that I've never seen before and to my shame I can't remember all the names even though most of them were ladies, perhaps Sue G and Chris H could remind us, Chris H also brought a potential new AC member, Strider, who rode happily behind her in his/her own chariot. Hopefully Don and Sue will also add some photos to this report.
Matt K was there with his new bike , one one can only assume that he's looking forward to an opportunity to prove that red ones really do go faster. John Fiorentino also joined us (long time no see John) and Kevin decided to be original and instead of joining us from the wrong side of the tracks he chose to be on the wrong side of the river. My apologies to those of you whom I cannot name.
Several pairs of shoes (more shoes than riders) were donated and gratefully received by the lovely long legged young lady called Dalice (pronounced Dallas) there must be a limerick there but please keep it clean.
If you missed this ride you can still donate shoes by dropping them off at "Levant. 131 Goodwood Road Goodwood. It's about 150 mts south of the tram crossing. Closed on Mondays but they leave a box by the front door for out of hours donations.
Ammendment. Dalice would prefer that shoes are not dropped off on Mondays
a message from Dalice - watch the video please! I am off to my wardrobe to find more shoes
Described by some as a silent-killer, Jiggers are a sand flea found in many parts or Latin America and Asia; however, it is Sub-Sahara Africa where they are doing the most damage. Jiggers burrow into the skin of the host (person or animal) and cause lesions. Open wounds are painful and make it difficult to walk, therefore, very difficult (if not impossible) to work or attend school, and can be fatal. The flow-on implications are huge.
Unfortunately and sadly, during my three months volunteering in Kenya earlier this year I witnessed this first hand, which is why I am so passionate about the prevention. Shoes help to play a big part in prevention and also keeping kids healthier and in school. Think of the opportunities you are creating through the donation of your shoes.
If you can, please take 3 minutes of your day today and watch this You Tube clip on jiggers and the impact Jiggers have on individuals, families and communities (I do warn you though, this is not for the weak stomached): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_8E5VMt9Z4