Tuesday 01 Oct
After only 14 hrs riding, I pulled up, unscathed and very thirsty at the Corio Hotel in Goolwa, where I was met by a small yet motley crew of Mille’ers who praised me with such honours as ‘idiot’, fool’ and robust questioning of my mental capacity. My aching arse cheeks did not disagree.
A very quick dust clearing pint of SA’s quality ale, saw me leave to find my digs for the night - a comfortable house with scenic views across Goolwa’s emerald green football oval and soon to be demolished clubhouse. I said a quick g’day and inserted myself into the shower, before the household of Chris, Nicky, Steve, Steve, Mo and myself headed back to the Corio Hotel for meet and greet and Mille handouts – banners, t-shirts and tasks for the following morning’s ride.
With the prospect of another 500km riding the next morning, it was an early night where I slept like the dead – however, Steve would later argue that the dead do not snore like I did – he got very little sleep.
Wednesday 02 Oct
Whilst this DNF was self-imposed, and showed a rare wisdom, the day also saw a few unintended scooter casualties with Nick’s DL having irreparable electrical issues and Nico seized his bullet proof PX to name a couple. A great day’s riding saw most of us complete a cheeky 500 km through some of the more scenic areas of SA, and all safe and sound by the end of day 1 at the Loxton Hotel for a well-deserved meal and a couple (or a few more than a couple for some) bevvies and some grouse local grape juice. That evening the Loxton Hotel was home to many a sleepy and weary scooterist, much snoring and much flatulence (it’s the two stroke fumes I tell you!).
Thursday 03 Oct
Friday 04 Oct
Saturday 05 Oct
Sunday 06 Oct
Monday 07 Oct
Tuesday 08 Oct