Final Collection Total: $107,159.85
- Days on the Road: 566 - Total KM travelled: 67,219 - Number of towns visited: 408 - NSW Total: $42,763.40
- QLD Total: $32,560.70
- NT Total: $1,345.15 - WA Total: $5,479.95
- SA Total: $4,612.80
- VIC Total: $10,283.00
- ACT Total: $10,089.90
Garry went off with the troops for a ride today as it was a good opportunity to check that the trike was running ok. Doreen had already decided not to go as she wanted to work on trying to save the event. Shani sent her a text message shortly after Garry had left telling her off for not going. She would have loved to go but really felt the need to work on the problem at hand. She worked all day on several solutions, costing them all out until she was left with a few options that were viable and also a couple of different itineraries to just finish off and go home. Costing out each option was the easy part, establishing an itinerary that fitted in with the financials of each option was the hard part. After coming up with about another five itineraries she was left with three real choices to put forward, one being to finish in March which included a few more towns around the edge of WA, then a quick version of South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. The next was the same as the above but leaving out Tasmania and the last was to travel around the coastline from Kalgoorlie, across the Nullarbor, around South Australia and Victoria to arrive home by Christmas. Whether we would actually make it home with the funds we had was another story but it was worth a try.
At about 6pm Doreen received a call from Shani saying that they were on their way to pick her up to have dinner at the markets. Feeling a bit brain dead from the days analysis she agreed and stopped working to get ready. It seemed to take ages to get to the markets and with Shani and Doreen on the back of the trike Garry listened through the intercom to Shani`s description of today`s events. They had ridden out to the Jarrahdale Hotel for lunch, to Serpentine Dam and along what they refer to as the zig-zag which was obviously a very winding road. It seemed they had heaps of fun and Garry caused lots of trouble without Doreen around to keep him in line. Shani had ridden on the back of Tappy`s trike for part of the trip but spent the rest on the back of Arthur as her trike was still off the road with front wheel problems. Wade was on his motorbike but since a bad accident a few years ago Shani no longer can cope with riding on country roads on two wheels. As we were riding along following Wade we noticed a large amount of smoke coming from his motorbike and just before the markets he pulled into a service station. A pipe had come loose which was causing oil to go everywhere so a quick clean up took place and then we rode around the corner to the markets.
The others had already started their meals so we quickly made our selections. Meals at the markets were cheap and there were quite a few different options but Doreen just selected some fish and Garry wasn`t hungry so just had a banana split. We all sat around for a while both inside and then outside chatting and then set off on our way home. We declined to go back to Mick`s place for a coffee as Doreen wanted to go through her efforts today with Garry before we went to bed. When we arrived back at the motel Garry listened to the scenario`s Doreen had come up with and he was really only keen on two of them. The first one he preferred was to finish the event in a reduced manner but still going through the remaining states and the other option if we couldn`t succeed with the first was to go around the edge and be home by Christmas. We would both prefer to finish the event even with a reduced number of towns but weren`t confident we could find the money anywhere to keep us going until the instalment came through in January. Anyhow, Doreen wrote another letter to both Arthritis Australia and Blackmores in the hope that we may be able to find a solution that would suit everyone. With the letter prepared we took ourselves off to bed.