Day 10 – Finish Line in sight !!
Today was an early morning, it had to be as we were going to be the first official vehicle to cross over the new Gateway bridge.
Every body was buzzing as we set off for a 15km run to the base of the bridge. Today we were the first of 175,000 people that would go over the bridge, quite an achievent for the Tour de Cure guys.
After a quick speech and an additional $5000 cheque handover we were off over the bridge.
After the honour of leading the palaton over the bridge we stopped and had some breakfast then off on our last 130 km to the end.
The ride throgh the glass house mountains was fantastic and you could feel the excitement in the guys and girls. The feeling that we had achieved something great was a feeling that we all had.
After stopping at Australia Zoo for lunch we had a police escort for the remaining 20km into Mooloolabah. It was the first time since Sydney that we had all ridden together and it was a great sight
The final few km’s was fantastic with people lining the street and clapping and cheering our achievement. I got the greatest surprise when I say my friends and family that I didn’t expect to be there had flown up from Victoria for the day. It was a great feeling to have completed a great physical and emotional journey.
I even got my face on the local paper with Nicholas my son.
With my Mother in Law Doreen a survivor of Cancer
With my Brother and Dad who surprised me by coming up from Melbourne for the day to see the finish.
After some drinks and celebration we then headed to the Marina where we had a great night of celebration and awards to finish the Tour off.
There were several mentions on the night of my outstanding contribution to the Tour media coverage, and Baretts will feel lonely tomorrow not having me in shot with him !!
Thank you to everybody that contributed to this great cause. My personal tally of donations has just passed the $20,000 mark !!
Special thanks to everybody that sent me messages of support, it kept me going to the end.
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