Pelican Posties on track
TWELVE days into their 3600km epic journey from Ballina to Darwin, the Pelicans on Posties charity bike ride has so far raised $60,000.
And despite the desert dust and being buffeted by passing road trains, the 21 riders atop ex-Australia Post motorbikes are in remarkably good shape.
"No, we don't have sore arses. A lot of us have tricked up bikes with special pegs so we can stretch our legs," reported Byron Bay businessman Glen Wallis down a crackly phone line from Daly Waters, 620km south of Darwin.
The participants from Ballina, Lismore and Byron Bay are a loose association of friends aged between 40 and 65. Over a few drinks at the pub they hatched a plan for an outback adventure that would also raise money for a good cause.
And just to make the journey more entertaining, they decided to ride the special motor bikes produced by Honda for Australia Post.
The group has a fundraising goal of $100,000 to be donated to Ballina's Biala Special School and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Glen said they had been the subject of many extraordinary acts of generosity throughout their journey, which began on July 20.
They were fuelling up when a stranger walked into the service station and paid their entire petrol bill. The night before, the Daly Waters Hotel owners had kicked in $400.
He said there had been a lot of laughs on the road and a strong feeling of camaraderie among participants and their support crew.
The team, travelling at about 85kmh, is due in Darwin for the Darwin Cup tomorrow, where one of the bikes will be auctioned for charity. The remainder, with riders, will be flown back to the Northern Rivers.