Baalzamon wrote:This was in the Augusta Margaret River Mail on April 8, 2009 quoting
"There were 2000 riders all around me, and we've ridden our bikes for eight days, many friends have I made as we rode along, now it all drifts away in a haze. For I'm lying in the middle oval, my mates have all up sticks and went, my spirit is already in Margaret, but my body is lying here in a tent. Already at the finish line they are cheering, as each rider crosses the line, but they never saw one rider cross, for the first bike to reach there, was mine.
You may think I never finished the journey, but I'd left a little early you see, to finish the ride through this great countryside, was how I would want it to be. So don't shed a tear for me sadly, don't dampen the memories of your ride, just remember my friends for I'm riding still, I'm there with you, even though I have died. Don't you see it's the way I would want it, the bike and I have been together for years, down many highways, as the wheels turned around, with beautiful memories, how can there be tears.
The Great Escapade, nine days of cycling by over 2000 riders from all walks of life. People from Western Australia, interstate and indeed from other countries. All toured the South West of WA to start and finish in Margaret River.
Sadly, on the last night of the ride, one cyclist passed away in their sleep. Discovered only after the other riders had departed. These few words are written in memory of that rider.
I heard from DoubleGee that someone had died whilst I was finishing packing my gear and I was so shocked. Spoked to other ppl about it and apparently this happens on every ride.
Angela(Turtle) wrote:So sad to hear the news, thank you for sharing with us all. What a beautifully written article for the Augusta River Mail. Our thoughts and condolences to the Family and Friends. May he rest in peace.
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