Day 7 We did it for CINI – sad to say goodbye

As Josh put it "a solid climb"

As Josh put it “a solid climb”

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Our mascot Beau

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Our team

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Our amazing support crew

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Today we put our weeks fitness to the test with Break-me-Neck Hill and Bust Me Gall Hill and a sneaky little 17 percent hill out of Orford that tested our new legs and we all made it. After a cold and drippy lunch we pushed on to our final stop at Richmond and arrived with a sense of relief, happiness and a desperate search for chocolate and coffee.

Your blog master is sad having to say goodbye to good friends on the last day and head back to Melbourne and also grateful to our support team of Maggie, Scott, Anne and Elizabeth who kept us safe and well cared for. So it is time for me to sign off on behalf of the team and leave you with a few photos.

To all of our CINI team in India we admire you and you inspire us. What you do makes the world a better place and we all applaud you.

A cold and blustery lunch stop but the end was in sight.

A cold and blustery lunch stop but the end was in sight.

Day 6 Scorpions and soggy socks – we powered up the pelotons today – Swansea to Triabunna

We spent the night in spacious digs at Anne and Elizabeth's place at Dolphin Sands.
Today We have  faced many challenges this week – this little scorpion spent the night sharing his shed with Karina and Neil.
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Anne has been an amazing support car keeping us safe and making sure all the traffic behind us passes safely. Thanks

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Looking good Peloton Pete

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Anne with Jenna and Jackson – Josh’s new best friends

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We didn’t avoid the rain today but powered on.

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Happy birthday Steph from all of us.

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Thanks to Nancy at the Artifakt Cafe and Gallery in Swansea for hosting dinner and an info session on CINI by Jennie

imageToday we fired up the pelotons and streamlined our way to Triabunna. There is the front peloton – they can go no hands and there is the back peloton. Well today they both fired up and we were a streamlined, single beast – sensations in single file, safely navigating the busiest roads of the week with the help of our support vehicles. Toot toot – cars passing; toooooooot – get the F off the road the circus is trying to pass. “All on” was the call as we chewed up the kilometres.

After we left Dolphin Sands a little underdressed, we passed beautiful bays, charged up rolling hills and then the clouds closed in and we battled through rain and cold and those little sprays of wheel water up the back, drips in the socks and slippery roads without incident to make it to Triabunna for lunch. Healthy fare supplemented by fish and chips.

Very proud of our teams today.

Day 5 Take a Punt – Bicheno to Coles Bay and on to Swansea

Today our team left Bicheno after visiting fairy penguins the night before and staying up way beyond our bed time of 9pm.  We are officially in love with Tassie. The stunning view of the Hazards coming into Coles Bay will live long in our memories. We had a special lunch at Scott and Maggies family beach house at Coles Bay although Josh got a head start with a meat pie from the shop. Peter Connaughton had a little nap before lunch by laying prone on the floor and our weary bodies loved the leather chairs.

The second highlight  of of our day was the punt ride across Moulting Lagoon on the oyster punt after the daily delivery of hessian bags of oysters for the restaurants of Coles Bay. We loaded the bikes and powered across to Dolphin Sands and rode to Anne and Elizabeth’s new house overlooking the water in what is one of the most stunning locations in the country and arguably anywhere in the world – majestic white gums, stunning views and long white beaches. Thanks for their generosity for hosting us and arranging the punt.

Tonight we have a special reception for CINI at the Artifakt Cafe in Swansea – Thanks to Nancy Kowalski for her support.

It is still not too late to donate to CINI please go to http://cycle.gofundraise.com.au/page/CycleForChange2015

The punt from Swanwick to Dolphin Sands

The punt from Swanwick to Dolphin Sands

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Peter Connaughton passing out at lunch. Can you tell we are all a bit tired?

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Camille Connaughton and Karina Powers punting on Moulting Lagoon

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Karina and Neil Powers in front of Mt Amos

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Karen Hall putting in some extra exercise.

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Karina avoiding some extra exercise.

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Loading the punt

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Karina

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Neil, Steph and Megn

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Jenny Connaughton on the punt

Jennie Connaughton on the punt

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Megan Clark and Steph Chandler on the punt

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Our first view of the Hazards at Coles Bay.

Day 4 Breakaway up Elephant Pass and peloton sniffs the salt air

Jennie Connaughton on the glorious east Coast of  Tassie

Jennie Connaughton on the glorious east Coast of Tassie

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Super-mum Steph, Beau and Paula

Bridge at Scamander

Bridge at Scamander

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Bike tattoos on the best calves in Tassie

Today we had a sweet day with tail winds, rolling hills and long sprints. St. Helens to Bicheno with a spectacular coast, fields of sheep and the sniffs of salt air. The breakaway headed up to Elephant Pass in search of high altitude pancakes and came whizzing down to rejoin the peloton  on the coast strip. Check out the calves (not the bovine sort but the human sort in the pic below) as our fitness improves. Today we had time to contemplate and be grateful and we wanted to thank a few special people. To the Seventh Day Adventist and Salvation Army wonderful people at Scottsdale who learnt about C INI, shared their cake and tea, a few hugs and a generous donation. To Holy Cow Cafe Pyengana who lent the only phone in town to Jenny to do a live ABC interview. To Colin at East Line Surf Shop at St Helens who generously fixed some bikes for free in opening hours. To the bikie boys in St Helens, the couple in the pub at Pyengana Pub in the Paddock, the ex-military chef at the caraavan park campers kitchen and Polly McGee at ABC for their generous donations  – Thank you. We want to thank our support crew -Scott and Maggie of Tasmanian Camping Tours, Paula for supporting our pinup mum Steph, Anne Held and Elizabeth Stroud for safety sport vehicle and sharing their new house tomorrow night at Dolphin Sands, Anne-maree Pezzullo and Emma Hooper for coming along and supporting us and to Nici Druit  for our safety banner for the car.

Day 2 Relentless up and up, speed slide down and wildlife cam Survivor Tassie Style

Today Tassie gave hills and more hills and when we had no more to give it gave us 13 km up without a break to Weldborough Pass and then a kamikaze, brake melting, hand cramping 13 km down. Everyone was challenged even our resident Iron Man Neil who did a bit extra just for fun. When Cami saw the sign for the last 13 km uphill Pete said she didn’t utter a word just a low noise game out. We rode 71/2 hours in the saddle and for all those who sponsored us today we earned it. All to a good cause for CINI.

We had three riders with self diagnosed hypoxia – that’s what you get when traveling with a bunch of medicos. For the rest of us that just means your brain is stuffed from all the hard work.

Wildlife cam came out with wombat close ups and cows crossing the road as we came into Pyengana for our camp night. Jenny managed to do an ABC live radio interview from behind the bar at the Holy Cow Cafe, the only telecommunications in Pyengana.

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Milking time Pyengana. See the hill in the background that is only a bit of it!

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Getting up Day 2 we had no idea what was ahead of us. That’s Karina poking her out of the tent.

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This was the climb up to Weld Hill😝

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The boys wanted to put a 1 in front of the 373m elevation because we had climbed way more than 373 it just didn’t feel right. This one’s for Karina’s mum Diane

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Wildlife cam this critter was undeterred by the camera.

Day 1 Launceston to Scottsdale – Cami’s graceful tumble

Day 1 our team score was 2 flats and one elegant tumble from Cami.  Our team started out climbing out of Launceston and made it up the first hill.imageThat is Karina out in front. This post is for her Mum Diane.imageThat is Steph pretending to help Josh with her flat …. But Steph and Paula bought 4 month old Beau along so expect lots of photos of him in days to come.

image image image We progressed through a range of local fauna with theirs eyes on the road and ears to the ground. The first live animals were the chickens at out morning tea stop and the dog that was not happy with nine bikes on his fence.

On to climb up to the Sideling Lookout and a few switchbacks through glorious rainforest and a steady climb up to the top. Can you tell we were happy to make it with no one getting off the bike.