Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:31am
This morning the weather looked glib and the riders prepared for a hard day of hills and rain as they said goodbye to Bridgetown on their way to Donny Brook.
At a favourite school in very pretty country with a warm welcome the riders arrived to the usual smell of home cooked cakes, scones, sausage rolls and pizza.
Tom Wilson of team Atlas Iron presented a heartfelt story based on his personal experience with mental health and tied it back to the CARE model and the support he experiences being a part of the Ride.
The riders left for Collie again into what looked like would be a wet ride through more beautiful scenery and challenging hills.
After arriving in Collie and enjoying lunch in a park, the peloton attended Collie District High School where Allan Thomas of team Alcoa gave a motivating and engaging talk that encouraged the young people to support each other to reach out for help when they need it and to check in if they are worried about someone else.
The students asked very thoughtful and pertinent questions, which resulted in a very useful and meaningful discussion on topics that the group initiated.
The young people were genuinely grateful and thanked the riders for the work they do to support young people.
The next stop was the Collie Ridge Motel where the group settled in for another great night enjoying dinner together, recapping the day and acknowledging the triumphs.
The Inland riders travelled 102 kilometres today and climbed 1,200 meters over four hours of riding. They rode through changing conditions with some rain, however all agreed it was a good day of riding in which the peloton again worked exceptionally well as a group.