Adelaide Rest Day 2

A sleep in was required this morning following a brilliant birthday celebration last night. Instead of waking up with tired legs from cycling, there were sore feet from dancing and husky throats from some rousing renditions of 80’s classics.

A few of us dragged ourselves out to Brunelli’s for eggs and smashed avocado breakfast with strong coffee. Everyone then went about their own activities for much of the day with a few sneaking in a nana nap, and others who went to bed a little earlier, heading for a swim.

Renee and I headed to the RAH and visited the plastics ward S5, where I spent almost 9 weeks after being released from Intensive Care. We caught up with plenty of the amazing nursing staff who took such great care of me and my support crew. Most had been following my journey for the past 2 years and were very pleased to see us again.

A visit to Haighs chocolate store is mandatory when in Adelaide so after making our purchase of dark chocolate freckles and scorched almonds we enjoyed the sights and activities of Rundle Mall including Renee making friends with a flowerpot man.

The START team re-grouped at 3pm to have bikes checked and begin the re-packing of the vehicles. New cyclist Joe joined us straight from the airport announcing he was extremely jealous of the last 3 ½ weeks of cycling adventures we had been on.

Our cycling numbers for Stage 3 – Adelaide to Melbourne will be 13. We welcomed our other 5 new members Emma, Paul, Tammy, Kailee and Phil at the evening briefing where all were presented with their Hawthorn Cycling Club musettes filled with sponsors goodies and START jerseys/vest. Dinner then followed at local Italian restaurant La Trattoria with a few of the friends/family that remain in Adelaide.

The forecast for our roll out tomorrow is not good. 15 degrees and 90% chance of showers. Lets hope the weather guru’s are wrong.

Richard Cooke