Well, what can I say,
it was an amazing experience. For me, and especially for the 14 yr old I
dragged into it.
I am very very glad I made the effort and DID it.
Somehow I enjoyed myself tremendously. I do remember being very wet and very cold, and crawling around in a tiny tent full of wet clothes.
And I remember going for a walk to the loos at 3am, seeing the sea of tents, so quiet and peaceful, wow!
The scale of the whole operation is almost beyond imagination. This Forum helped me with some of the practical issues, but the experience of the reality for a first-timer can not (and should not) be described.
A good tail-wind and perfect weather on the first day was also a nice touch by the Gods, as was the rain later on - to challenge the spirits, I suppose.
My favourite were the drinkwater-bidonfilling installations. I think it
captures the essence of the BV rides and their history.
While the peloton is still resting in M.R. we are almost back in the real
world - gee the ceilings are high here - washing, more washing. Tent drying, sleeping bag unwrapping.
And today was back to school, and for me a trip to the butcher, taking the 5Km longer scenic route along the river, as you do.
Josanne didn't want to leave Margaret River on Monday morning and stay on for another week. She only discovered the Cafe the Canvas on the last day
What a difference to the reluctantly resigned teenager on the first day.
Yes, she got paid for this, we had quite a good deal going - for her
Like the kids in Walpole who in years to come will remember the day 2000
cyclists invaded their town (apparently the primary school choir welcomed
the riders - at 1.40 pm - a long time before we arrived) it will for J. be
an experience to remember.