It's been a great rest period in Adelaide before heading East to Melbourne - first stop at Murray Bridge. I've had some great support here in Adelaide after a fantastic warm welcoming ceremony by the Deputy Lord Mayor, representative for the minister of veterans affairs and president of the SA RSL as mentioned previously.
The body has been overhauled along with the bike to get everything in place before the next long haul - thanks to Bicycle Express on Halifax Street who donated free service and labour on the trusty trek. I was ordered by the long ride home management to spend time in a float tank which was donated by the owners Airlie and Anthony of Float Room, managed by Kristy. 3 hours of total bliss floating in the tank with a massage earlier taking away the sore muscles and putting me into a total relaxed state for the next phase heading to Melbourne.
A big thank you to Levi Caravan Adelaide for donating parking space and a big discount on cabin facilities over the last 3 days. Without a space to bunk down we are in a pickle that's for sure. Thank you to the Levi Caravan Park management and staff from the long ride home team.
Rode over the Adelaide hills today to Handorf and onto Murray Bridge where we are now overnighting. After riding over the bridge, which quite resembled that of the Bridge on the River Kwai (Khanchanaburi Thailand), we were treated to a fantastic welcome by the RSL Murray Bridge President Merv Shopp, Mayor of Murray Bridge Brenton Lewis, CEO of Murray Bridge Council Michael Sedgeman and RSL staff and members in attendance. The Mayor gave a touching speech to welcome me and the long ride home team. Thank you all who attended the welcome ceremony and donated towards the cause during the welcome festivities, a great sausage sizzler. Many thanks from the long ride home road and administration team.
Great to bump into veterans along the way, one such gentleman, Graham Snook, and his wife Shirley, stopped our truck to make a donation. Retired warrant officer Graham Snook served with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in 1965. Graham made a special point in stopping us to donate to PTSD as he said he believed in the cause and helping the younger veterans, as he had really had not been in contact with his former soldiers of the AATTV since the war in Vietnam - he knew that PTSD was also an issue with vets of his generation as well. Above is a photo of Graham Snook sporting long grey hair and beard with his wife Shirley next to the long ride home truck near Murray Bridge.
Murray Bridge is a city in the Australian state of South Australia, located 76 km east-southeast of the state's capital city, Adelaide, and 77 km north of the town of Meningie. The city was originally known as Mobilong and later as Edwards Crossing, before being renamed as Murray Bridge in 1924; deriving its name from the road and railway crossings over the Murray River. The city is situated on the Princes Highway, the main road transport link between Adelaide and Melbourne.
Thank you to the latest donors towards the long ride home. Such donations are still coming in but please keep them coming as the ride draws towards the finish more funding is desperately needed:
- Joh Perry
- Graham and Shirley Snook
- Brenton Lewis, Mayor Murray Bridge
- Michael Wassenaar
- Len, RSL Murray Bridge
- Jill Wylie
You can donate at http://www.thelongridehome.com.au/donations
Warmest regards from the team.
Truck, Juvy, Terry, Dean & Ned Kelly on the long ride home, South Australia.
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