I'm back from the "week 1 option", first BV ride, so here are some impressions on facilities and food.
The shower and toilet facilities were good, except when they ran out of water. Did somebody forget to tell them that Shannon River was a ghost town? I believe they got the showers going eventually, but standing in a long queue while others are eating dinner isnt for me. The dam is cold!
Dining facilities were OK in good weather, but there was nowhere near enough covered tables when it rained. People were forced to eat in their tents, and queues got quite bad at times.
Food is consistent. The "hot" breakfast is best avoided, except the porridge, but there are plenty of cereals, fruit (those apples were excellent), muffins, yogurt, bread, and pastries for a big pre-ride eat.
Lunch on the road was a sandwhich or roll with cake and fruit.
Dinner is always served out of bulk styrofoam "eskys", possibly cooked in Melbourne, and sent over by freezer truck?? It was usually very good, given those limitations. But unfortunately many people found the rationing a problem. Despite rationing, the tasty mains ran out early one night, to be replaced by boiled rice and something almost, but not quite, completely unlike meat.
I realise that the logistics are very difficult for an event like this, and the problems were less than I feared for the first BV event in WA. Congratulations to the team for a great job, and good luck for the remainder. There should be enough seating at least, now that 700 people have left.
p.s. the riding conditions have been good, except for day 2, which was very hot and kept the sag-wagon very busy. Not much rain or headwinds on the ride so far. (As opposed to the rest day in Manjimup