On our property it is very unusual for us to see thirty cyclists clad in lycra peddling up the dirt road and past our woolshed. However, on Sunday this is exactly what happened.
The Silver City Bush Treadlers are currently on their way to Innaminka via Birdsville, raising money for the The Royal Flying Doctor Service. Our shearer’s quarters provided their first overnight camping spot after they started their journey in Broken Hill. With a helping hand from my family (thanks Mum and Feres) Terry and I catered for their dinner and breakfast.
A cold day and seventy kilometres on a bike meant that everyone had a well earned appetite when they rode in. After the riders took hot showers we served pumpkin soup and bread rolls around the fire bucket.
The small crowd were fascinated with the camp oven cooking. As the afternoon progressed the audience grew around the fire, watching Terry as he cooked roast lamb, vegetables and bread with the hot coals.
In the early hours of Monday morning we prepared a fully cooked breakfast. As the sun rose the riders emerged from their tents ready to fuel themselves for another day of riding on the dirt roads.
By 8am breakfast was over, lunches were made, tents were packed up and our daughter Annabelle (5) led the riders away from the camp on her little bike. This was a very exciting moment for her!
Good luck to the Silver City Bush Treadlers for the rest of your trip, you are an inspiration to all of us. I can only imagine this trip is an enormous physical and mental challenge but it is for such a worthy cause. Meeting and cooking for this diverse and interesting group of people is something we will be talking about for years to come.