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If you’re a 5 star motel type of person, this event is probably not for you. But! - if you’re the type of person who likes an adventure, likes to meet interesting people, see interesting places, do wild and exciting things and bunk down in the rough, then this could be just what you’re looking for.

 

And of course, this ride is open to both men and women – so girls, get involved, we want you to come.

 

Peugeot have been gracious enough to allow us 20 of their fantastic little Kisbee scooters so we can celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Air Force, to raise funds for our organisation and to have one helluva good time by riding these great little machines from Brisbane to Townsville.

 

Provided that rotten COVID-19 virus has faded into the past and we’re allowed out, provided there’s no cat 5 cyclones hanging around off the coast of Moreton Island and provided we’re not into world war 3, then early on Monday the 14th June 2021 we’ll leave Brisbane and head north. We’re not exactly sure from where we’ll actually leave, it could depend on sponsorship, but there is plenty of time to firm that up and we will let you know.

 

Most of us have never ridden a scooter, they are a little different to riding a motor bike, for starters there’s no gears, no foot brake, no foot rests, the wheels are a lot smaller and your feet rest in front of your knees. So that we all make it to Townsville in one piece, we’ll all need to be in Brisbane by Friday the 11th June so we can spend the weekend being instructed on how to ride the scooters and to be confident on what does what.

 

All bikes will be the same, all white and everyone will wear the same jackets and helmets. We want to look like we’re all together, part of a team, not just a bunch of old blokes and blokettes out for a good time.

 

 

 

Accommodation for the 12 nights on the road will be provided by local Councils who have all graciously allowed us the use of their showgrounds. Although this is very commendable of them, conditions are a bit spartan so you will need to bring along some niceties. In all occasions all you will be given is a piece of floor space on which to make your bed.

 

You’ll need to bring something on which to sleep, a blow up bed, sleeping bag, doona etc. We’ll provide everyone with a carry bag in which to carry everything, your bedding, pillow, clothes, wash gear, towels etc but try and keep everything to a minimum. All this equipment has to be carried and although we’ll have a few utes to carry everything, space will be limited. You can’t carry anything on the scooters. We don’t want you to bring along a suit-case (port if you’re from NSW) as they don’t stack as well as a soft bag.

 

If you’ve got a ute and/or a bus and you’d like to come, we want you.

 

If you've got a few bits on the old body that are at the end of their economical life and you think your bike riding days are long gone but you'd love to come along anyway just for the fun of it, well, unfortunately we don't have room to accommodate you in any of the pavilions but  provided you've got a fully self contained caravan or mobile home you can. It will cost you a little bit, entrance into some attractions etc but it won't be a lot and we'll let you know how much in November. You'll need to fill in the form too.

 

 

Cost

 

We haven’t finalised costs yet but it will be in the region of $750 per person. That will include your jacket, helmet, gloves, a peaked cap, all breakfasts and lunches (you will need to buy your evening meals and drinks but they will be modest) and will include entry into several attractions. If you come along as a supporter or tag alonger, your cost will be a lot less but we’ll know more in a month or so.

 

We suggest you get out there and get sponsors to help pay for your entry. You’re doing something a lot of people could only dream of doing - get them to sponsor you, it’s all for a good cause, raising funds for the Association which is a registered charity – funds that are needed to allow the organisation to continue with its work. There will be media involved in this so your sponsor could benefit. We’ve had several radio interviews already and many more are promised, as are newspaper stories.

 

You can hear the radio interviews by clicking the links below.

 

a.       CrowFM

b.       Radio 4LG

c.       Radio 4SB

 

We are limited to 20 bikes and each bike will have two riders, each rider taking it in turns. When not riding that idle rider will follow on in a bus. Our numbers are limited by sleeping facilities and we know there will be a lot of interest in this so we might have to have a lottery to determine who comes.

 

As we are having two to a scooter, if you’re interested, get a bike buddy, talk to a mate and get them to partner you, that way both of you will be allocated a scooter and that will be your ride for the duration. 

 

We’ve included a form which you will find HERE

 

If you nominate a Bike Buddy, both you and your Bike Buddy must complete the form.

 

 

If you want the holiday of a lifetime, please fill it in and get it back to us. Remember - numbers are limited so don't dilly dally.

 

We’ll have another form for those coming to fill in late in November, early December, when you’ll have to pay your entrance and provide sizes so we can order your jackets, helmet, caps etc.

 

Accommodation in Townsville will be excellent and we'll probably stay for a couple of days, do some cruising on the bikes, meet some people.

 

 

 

Getting home from Townsville is everyone's personal responsibility.

If you hold a TPI/EDA Veteran travel card, you can catch the train from Townsville FOC.

Pensioners and seniors can get a 50% discount on train travel.

(See HERE for Queensland concessions)

 

 

We intend to do the trip again in February to confirm everything – then it’s on!

 

 

 

 

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