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Mount Gambier to Melbourne, 2014

For the 7th year the Greenham family, and friends, will be cycling almost 500km in 4 days this March Labor Day long-weekend. The annual ride is to raise money for the international, emergency medical-aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). This year promises to be the biggest and best yet, with steady growth in the number of people joining our ride, whether for a short section or the whole trip!

The ride is officially sanctioned by MSF as a fundraising event and we sincerely thank them for their support. The inspiration for these rides comes from the ethos that MSF display in providing much-needed aid to those most desperate, regardless of race, religion, creed or status. Please visit the MSF website for more information on their amazing work.

The itinerary is:
Friday 7 March – Depart Mount Gambier 5pm to Dartmoor 7pm, 50km
Saturday 8 March – Depart Dartmoor 8am via Port Fairy to Warrnambool 4pm, 150km
Sunday 9 March – Depart Warrnambool 8 am via Camperdown to Inverleigh 5pm, 160km
Monday 10 March – Depart Inverleigh 9am to Melbourne 2pm, 90km

We really encourage anyone to join us over whatever distance suits. Please comment below or contact Michael Greenham if you are interested. The ride will pass through Port Fairy while the Folk Festival is in swing, and as usual there will be food stops at Camperdown and Werribee, so don’t be shy.

If you want to look at past Mount Gambier to Melbourne rides search our website, and you can see all the photos from previous rides in Tasmania, Turkey/Greece and Western Europe.

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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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