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Sun 08 May 2005
Survived the Ride for Hope
Category : cycling
Storm clouds menaced us from th diatnce when we were in Changi and it rained pretty much from Pasir Ris to Woodlands to Kranji. rain riveves me, so I survived easily.
Dr William Tan of course, achieved miracles again. He's survived the 7 marathons in 7 continents, strained a muscle or two doing it, clocked up incredible miles in air travel and its attendant strain, and came back to work his heart out for the two senior citizens health care centres.
It was a real strain for him this time and heart wrenching to witness. But he prevailed once again.
Luckily the rains cooled the grounds and there was none of the burning heat we've often experienced. Not all were thankful for rain though; some extremely fit cyclists were suffering severely from the cold! They're skinny you see, with nary an ounce of extra fat (said with the disdain of a well-provisioned individual).
When the rains were pounding us somewhere in Sengkang, some riders started fantasising about teh halia (ginger tea). The images spread like wildfire and I had to declare an unscheduled stop at Jalan Kayu. I suggested spreading out amongst the shops to get served faster, but no siree! They dived en masse into the first (lucky) shop they spotted! One shop owner and I watched in fascination as a cyclist drank two bowls of curry (with a dash of prata kosong on the side).
Still later, we swallowed lunch at some half-completed fish feed factory near Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. The enterprising F&B guys had persuaded them to shelter us from the rain.
My Wheels Are Turning kakis, along with several on-the-spot-recruits did extremely well, and propagated a spirit of joy in the air that kept us going! Well mainly joy. Some bikers joyfully claimed they were not wearing underwear since they were using padded bicycle shorts and that horrified Ladybug.
The CISCO outriders protected us well and worked out a great timing with the biker-blockers, and the support vehicle crews did a great job, handing out bananas in relays, gummy bears, reflling water bottles with sponsored Newater and the like.
It was great knowing Eric Tan had managed to secure sponsors for all our supplies, taking nothing away from the funds we had raised, all of which will go directly to the centres. So we could be happy we contributed!
More photos up here. Lots missing because of the rain, though. Captions another day!
Now I'd better get to what is hopefully just couple of hours of marking papers as I have load up marks tomorrow. And pack for a high tide mangrove field trip in the morning. Rats, hope I don't cramp in the water then.