|Day||Ride Time||Distance||Average Speed||Elevation||Calories|
|3||6 Hours 18 minutes||194 km||30.6 kmh||434m||3675|
With two days completed, day three presented a number of challenges for the peloton.
My birthday celebrations were now complete and the peloton was clearly going to struggle with the lack of purpose for the day ahead. A stirring inspirational address from the co-captains allowed the peloton to start to focus on the journey to Moonta Bay.
That focus, however, was rudely interrupted by a distressed Shane O’Brien who had just liberally applied deep heat to his rear end instead of chamois cream. We were left to apologise to those poor souls enjoying a much-needed sleep-in in the Melrose Caravan Park who were rudely startled from their slumber.
Once Shane had taken the necessary remedial action we set off and enjoyed the strong northerly which powered us down the highway. After some 20kms we turned westwards and snaked our way through the Telowie Gorge - a stunning ride enjoyed by all.
The peloton regrouped after the descent and paused to refuel. Port Pirie was the next stop where media commitments awaited for Michelle and Marty. With the spinnaker set – the peloton caught the northerly again and set sail for Port Broughton, then Wallaroo and cruised into Moonta Bay – completing the journey of 195km comfortably which was the longest ride for many of the contingent.
Recovery plans immediately kicked in with beers in hand and a gentle wade to relieve tired muscles. The chef’s renowned laksa was devoured with fervor.
All up another magnificent day’s riding – blue skies, favourable winds and stunning scenery coupled with a bunch of riders pulling together in memory of dear little boy and other kids who show us great courage. Cycle4Sam takes us a world away from our day to day existence and we are all better people for the experience.