The Indian Pacific Wheel Ride starts in about 4 days. This is the self-supported endurance race from Perth to Sydney. This is the ride Mike Hall was killed in outside Canberra in 2017.
I know a person riding the Indipac this year. We did our PhDs at the same time and graduated together in 2011. Her PhD is related to plant ecology. She’s a pretty awesome and kind woman. She is “STIRLING ROADRUNNER”, if you’d like to dot watch and cheer her on. The site is here: https://indianpacificwheelride2020.maprogress.com/
She is raising funds for Trees for Life as part of her ride. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/alison039s-campaign-for-trees-for-life-growing-fund
In other news, the weather has been perfect here the past few days. Sunny, light winds, low-mid 20s for highs. No one has started burning off yet, either, so there is no smoky haze. Perfect for riding and just about anything else outdoors.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is putting a spanner in everyone’s plans and the panic is exhausting, even if you don’t participate in it. The guys and I have been riding, though, and spent a bit of time just hanging out by the river the other evening before heading home. It was nice to find some peace among all the collective stress.