Video: Dan’s Bike

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Today is a rest day as Dan is starting to get a cold so he thought he would send you this video about his bike.

Sorry about the wind noise.

Day 3. Rolling hills and gusty winds


Today we cracked the 100k barrier for the first time this trip, woohoo. The hills became easier and less sharp. The whole day saw strong winds from our left hand side/back. They certainly pushed us along some with a higher average speed. But the strong side gusts also made keeping a bike out of the way of passing road trains more difficult.

Today we saw 16 road trains. We’ve been riding through some very beautiful farmland which is the WA wheat
Belt. We’re now in Kerraberrin with more storm fronts coming through and the best $12 dinner (for both of us) that you’ve ever seen.


Our muscles are pretty tired. We’re watching our soreness and thinking about when we should have a bit of a rest day. The rain has now arrived.

Distance: 102km
Elevation: 500m or so (the garmin is back at camp)

Day 2. Mundaring to Northam

Today saw more hills than yesterday. Lots of climbing and descending with a heavy bike. We’re definitely away from Perth now.

920m elevation

A chocolate milk, snickers, banana, BBQ chook, croissants, rice crackers, muesli bar and a few other food items later.


Day 1

Our first day went well. With showers and occasional thunderstorms around we had a lazy morning leaving Applecross around 8:45. We headed West to Cottesloe beach, our most Westerly point to get some photos and water from the Indian Ocean to drag across the continent. A storm cell decided to pass us too close for my liking, but at least the wind was mostly behind us. Then we were led by Marty our trusted local and a friend from way back through some Perth back streets and bike paths, past the city and out to Midlands.

Being a bit wet we headed inside for some lunch. Then it was off to the foot of the hill where our guide would leave us. We started up the hill on the bike path while that latest. Unfortunately it wasn’t as long as we’d like. After battling with no shoulders, rain and quickly dropping temperatures and then riding on soggy gravel with a heavy bike we finally made it to Mundaring. We stopped in at the local supermarket to get some basic supplies. Feeling soft we headed to a nearby motel for a hot shower and a chance to dry out.

Distance: 70km
Elevation gain 609m
4:12 hours riding
Marty’s house (Applecross) – Cottesloe Beach – Mundaring

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Raising money for HIV+ children in China

There are an estimated 100,000 children in China with HIV. Often outcasts to society they are left in orphanages and isolated in closed rooms resembling more of a cell than a place for a child to grow up.

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The HIV virus is poorly understood and drives fear among China. The World Health Organization and Chinese government pay for medicine to treat the virus, but like modern day lepers these children have no chance of living productive and happy lives.

How do they get HIV?
Some of the children get HIV through their parents who have contracted the virus by giving blood and then receiving unscreened blood back. These are often from the poorest villages.

Can they go to school?
In some provinces before going to preschool children are screened. Any child with HIV is not allowed to go to school.

What is their chance of living a normal life?
With advances in medicine someone with HIV can live a long life and be a productive member of society. However these children are not given this opportunity.

Are they contagious?
You can only catch the virus by sharing bodily fluids such as blood. An HIV positive child could play safely alongside your kid sharing toys without any concern.

What does Elim Kids Do?
The main focus of Elim Kids is to find a caring home where these children can grow up. Some have been adopted into Western families and some live with Chinese families. They can then receive education and begin a more normal life.

The doctors at Elim help with education about HIV in communities to help diminish the stigma.

Alongside other help practical help is provided to caregivers.

All donations go directly to the work with children. They are tax deductible.

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