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Tassie trek completed

It has taken a little while to write a follow-up from the 2013/2014 Tasmania trek, but we do assure you, it has been done. Our legs and bellies can attest to that!

Over 650kms were cycled from Devonport to Southport in support of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

It was an absolute pleasure riding through some idyllic scenery: from the Great Lakes (now that was a climb!) to Freycinet NP, the former penal colony at Maria Island to the bays of the Tasman Peninsula, the summit of Mt Wellington to the orchards of the Huon Valley, there was never a shortage of fruit, chocolate, cheese, honey or cider to be found.

Along the way many people were interested to discuss this, and our past, rides in support of MSF. We thank all those who donated to MSF and hope the word of their good work continues to spread. Particular mentions go to East Coast Cruises for their ferrying to/from Maria Island and Eagles Rise Tasmania and Talune Farm Cabins for such lovely accommodation and kind donations to MSF.

Michael, Maggie and Jordy were doing it tough for the first week, covering 400kms while toting 4 bags each stuffed to the brim, including tents and sleeping bags. Truly a Herculean effort. Elly and Billy arrived a little later (with the vehicle) and from the north-east coast down there was a lot of rotation on the 3 bikes.

Highlights included Christmas Day on Maria Island, a former penal colony with bunks converted from the penitentiary, Fortescue Bay, MONA in Hobart, being on the dock as Wild Oats crossed the Sydney to Hobart finish-line and a cruise around the World Heritage area at Strahan. Oh, and did we mention the food? There was always an amazing selection of fuel to supply our legs. Needless to say we ate plenty of delicious seafood, fruit and other goodies.

Now that we are safely back on the ‘mainland’ planning turns towards the 2014 Mt Gambier to Melbourne ride and the 2015 ride overseas. See the webpage if you want to know more about 2014 Mt Gambier to Melbourne.

If you wish to donate to MSF please visit our everyday hero page.

Love, the Greenhams.

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Tasmania 2013

The Greenhams are at it once again – this time cycling from top to bottom of Tasmania, continuing their support of Médecins Sans Frontières, the well known medical humanitarian organisation.

There could not be a more important time to help such an organisation in their medical service to those most in need. Please visit our for donating to Médecins Sans Frontières.

After taking the bikes across the Bass Strait the itinerary is:

– Sat 14 Dec: Devonport to Mole Creek via Sheffield
– Mon 16 Dec: Mole Creek to Liffey Falls via Deloraine
– Tues 17 Dec: Liffey Falls to Miena
– Wed 18 Dec: Miena to Longford
– Thurs 19 Dec: Longford to Launceston
– Sat 21 Dec: Launceston to Campbell Town via Evandale
– Sun 22 Dec: Campbell Town to Swansea
– Tues 24 Dec: Swansea to Triabunna
– Thurs 26 Dec: Triabunna to Sorell
– Fri 27 Dec: Sorell to Hobart
– Mon 30 Dec: Hobart to Huonville
– Tues 31 Dec: Huonville to Southport

If you would like to join any of the cycling, have any comments on the route, or can meet us anywhere along the way please leave a comment below.

Please click here if you would like to read our official press release.

We thank everyone for their continued support of our rides and Médecins Sans Frontières. Route map below:

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Mount Gambier to Melbourne Finished!

Phew!

At times it was a tough, hot slog but four cyclists completed the demanding ride from Mount Gambier to Melbourne on the longweekend. Well done to Peter and Shane Headlam, and Barb Toma who made the 465km trek with Michael to the ‘big smoke’. They enjoyed the company of many others for parts of the journey: Donald, Kerry, Duncan, Stephen, Will and Matt [from Camperdown Cycling Club], Billy, Michael, and Paul.

It was great to have Elly and Kerry as reliable support drivers too. We certainly needed all the drinks they were ferrying as temperatures were in the mid-30’s by the afternoons. Thanks to our overnight hosts: Tony and Lynnette at Warrnambool, and Monica and Ken at Inverleigh.

The ‘Cycling Across Borders’ Team certainly appreciate the support from media, and businesses en route that promote our ride and its charitable cause – Médecins Sans Frontières. We are always mindful there are a multitude of people in the world who ‘do it tougher’ than us, and require our support. Learn about the work of MSF at www.msf.org.au and donate to ‘cyclingacrossborders’ at everydayhero.com

Rest Stop

Taking the freeway from Geelong to Werribee

Taking the freeway from Geelong to Werribee

Lunch in Werribee

Le French visitor

Bike path from Werribee

Getting into Melbourne

Destination Southern Cross Station

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Mount Gambier to Melbourne, 2013

The latest installment of the Greenham family’s annual Mount Gambier to Melbourne bike ride is happening this Labour Day long weekend, Friday 8 March – Monday 11 March.

Once again, the ride aims to raise money in support of Médecins Sans Frontières [Doctors Without Borders], the well-known, medical humanitarian organisation.

There are no international sojourn’s this year, so please join our ride, or consider to donating to MSF; either directly through their website or our everyday hero page.

The itinerary is as follows:
• 50km Mount Gambier to Dartmoor [departing 5pm Friday from G&D Cycles],
• 150km Dartmoor to Warrnambool [departing 8am Saturday from Dartmoor Museum, 10.30am Heywood Bakery, 3pm Port Fairy Bella-Claire Gourmet House ],
• 165km Warrnambool to Inverleigh [departing 8am Sunday Brocky’s Cafe, 12.30pm Camperdown Buck’s Bakery, 3pm Donna’s Country Café Cressy], and
• 100km Inverleigh to Melbourne [departing 8am Monday Inverleigh Store, 12pm Werribee Train Station].

We do not ride too fast! Riders keen to participate in the ride can email cyclingacrossborders@bigpond.com or phone Michael on 0488 553 803.

We hope to see you there!

Maggie, Jordy and Michael in Athens; the end of the 2000km journey from Ankara.

Maggie, Jordy and Michael in Athens; the end of the 2000km journey from Ankara.

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