What were the biggest hurdles and highlights along the way?
The biggest challenge was the heat which is probably to be expected in the peak of summer but Days 1 and 2 were particularly trying with temperatures pushing mid-30s and the harsh sun beating off the road. The terrain was at times challenging, with a lot of steep inclines. Riding on an extremely busy highway alongside large trucks was at times very nerve-racking too. The experience was a challenge physically, but also mentally. As I was riding solo I did have to really dig deep at times to push on when it got tough.
At the same time, there were so many amazing highlights on this journey – meeting people who shared the stories along the way and inspired me to push harder, sharing the experience with one of my best mates, my dad and my brother as a support crew, and amazing scenery. A big highlight for me was just completing it! This challenge was out of my comfort zone however I trained hard and was happy to complete it well under the planned time. And of course, the biggest highlight was the support I received climbing past $20,000 and with more money still being calculated from our Sunday session I expect the tally of funds to support Parkinson’s research will be a large one.