After leaving Bathurst, we did a lap of Mt Panorama on the bikes which gave us a whole new respect for the drivers that race on this circuit!
We then continued on and had a quick pitstop at Cowra (Ok, truth be told I had a bike repair to do), and then the rains had fallen on us. Along with the cold, this was not a pleasant part of the trip!!! But we continued on, and eventually made it to Grenfell. Great little town of about 2,000 friendly people and the local Lions Club put on a dinner for us.
Many of the riders were pretty exhausted, but the food went down quite easy after all that riding. Afterward, Michael Sluis, the Community Programs Manager from the Black Dog Institute made a fantastic presentation about Depression in Kids. Some amazing facts were presented, such as more people are likely to die from suicide than they are from road related fatalities this year! And along with the great illustrations in the presentation from Matthew Johnstone, a former depression sufferer, Michael’s talk really presented the problem of teenage depression in a way that hit home!
It was great to see the people of Grenfell take this topic seriously and passionately, discussing at length their own localised problem with depression; including in the indigenous communities as well as the efforts their local school teachers go to when trying to help. The Lions Club collected $1,100 that they donated to the Black Dog Institute from the Dinner
After a good night sleep, we are all ready for Day 2; West Wyalong, Goolgowi, and Hay for the Night!