Horsham Rest Day

After four days of riding the third stage of Ride For The RAH, the town of Horsham was the stopping point for our rest day before the final leg of this wonderful journey unfolds.

Continuing the tradition of a well earned dinner and drinks the night before at Hotel Victoria on the Park, our day started with a scrumptious breakfast at Chick Pea café followed by some free time to explore the local shops (bike-shops included), washing at the launderette and to soak up the community way of living in Horsham.

After lunch the group hired the services of “Renee and Jan’s Adventure Tours” for a guided tour of stops along the way to our destination – Mt Arapiles (aka “My Area Piles” courtesy of predictive text).

Jan filled us all with awe as the group listened intently to her local knowledge about the points of interest – there were astonishing historical facts all throughout the journey, none more so than the origins of “The Thing” and Natimuk Lake. The general consensus from the group being that both were highly overrated.

However, like with most challenges faced on this trip, the group remained strong and certain that the tour would bring some joy. This was eventually found after Jan steered Renee “up the bluff” and Shazz pointed out that we would find joy by following the road to the “Big Rock” at the end of the road – the one leading to Mt Arapiles.

After climbing 150 meters we were greeted with an awesome 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding Wimmera Plain and the quartz and sandstone landmark that is Mt Arapiles.

On reflection, the highlights of Stage 3 thus far, have been the Adelaide to Tailem Bend route, with exception to the weather; the climbing out of Adelaide through the hills will remain a memorable one for the group.

We have all enjoyed the camaraderie and the high spirits carried through by all, knowing that the individual achievements accomplished in so many ways to support Kerryn and the START Foundation is coming to an end (with so many of us wishing that it could continue).

All of this could not occur of course without reflecting on the outstanding leadership and enormous support shown by our tour managers John and Janette and mechanics Baz and Cam in making this a memorable and safe journey for us all. Seeing the delight on the faces of co-riders and everyone involved (including supporters) as another leg of the stage has been ticked off, have been satisfying and memorable moments.

All is in readiness for the final few days of the adventure – let’s do it!

Richard Cooke