On a beautiful Saturday morning in September Girls Got Heart headed off from the South Brisbane Sailing Club with 36 female riders and a support crew of 15 on a round trip covering 280km over two days riding out to the town of Boonah in the Scenic Rim and back to Brisbane.
This was the second riding event for GGH, following our hugely successful inaugural ride last year and it didn’t disappoint. We had a glorious start to the morning with much excitement and anticipation around our departure. A crew from Ridewest helped man the BBQ breakfast for the GGH team and their families and we were delighted to have the Honorable Dame Quentin Bryce attending, cutting the ribbon to start the event after addressing the riders and support crew at the ride briefing.
Our first stop was Purga where we were met by the wonderful Purga community and Dr. Rolf Gomes, who had travelled out to surprise the girls and wish them well for the rest of the journey. After some refreshments and a few laughs, we were back on our bikes and on to our next stop, Kalbar.
The White Chapel in Kalbar was a truly beautiful spot to stop for lunch, Paul and April Cornwell set up some beautiful tables for us which were a welcome change to eating from our laps and after were fuelled we were off to tackle a few rolling hills on our last stretch out to Boonah. We travelled the long way to our destination and took in the breathtaking views of Lake Moogerah. Our steady ride around the lake was interrupted briefly by a few cows crossing the road without too much of a passing glance to the group of riders from the city.
We arrived safely into Boonah and Arthur Clive’s Bakery to a very warm welcome from the community together with Mr. Jon Krause MP and Cr Michael Enright. The excitement of the girls certainly rubbed off on a few local riders who will hopefully join us for ‘Hearts on the Road 2019’. After some coffees and smoothies, we climbed the hill to the Boonah Outlook, our home for the night.
Recovery in the hydrotherapy pool at the Scenic Rim Aqua Fitness Centre was welcomed by the GGH team who also had the choice of a massage and Pilates session held back at the Outlook. The evening was topped off with great Thai food cooked by Boonah local, Nujaree. An impromptu jamming session with the GGH mechanic on guitar saw some lyrics being thrown together for a potential GGH song which rounded off a great first day full of hard work and fun times.
Up early Sunday morning to a cooked breakfast at the Outlook and the peloton rolled out of Boonah to a steady start back to Brisbane. First stop was Beaudesert and a farewell to our new friends and potential new riders who had gathered early to meet us for morning tea. More yummy refreshments from our home baking team saw us refueled and we headed out on some quiet country roads which slowly built up in traffic volume as we moved closer to the city, the girls worked well together riding strongly through the change in traffic conditions.
Our stops on Sunday included a quiet park for a picnic lunch on the grass and then the hospitality of Archerfield Airport. At 2.30pm the GGH peloton arrived back at the South Brisbane Sailing club to our friends, family, and supporters for a BBQ celebration and wrap up of another successful event.
Thank you once again to our wonderful riders and support crew for all of their hard work and their commitment to Girls Got Heart. Together we are making a difference.
Keely and Bec x