Karen Garner with her parents Henry and Betty Lechner at their Warwick home.
Karen Garner with her parents Henry and Betty Lechner at their Warwick home. Gerard Walsh

Road leads to home

A DISLOCATED shoulder and broken scapula have failed to stop former Warwick rider Karen Garner from taking part in this week's Bicycle Queensland Ride through the Southern Downs.

Garner, who now lives in Melbourne, and two friends took a detour into Warwick for lunch with her parents, Henry and Betty Lechner.

Three weeks ago, she hurt her shoulder in a mountain bike riding fall at You Yangs, near Melbourne.

"Once I heard about the ride, it appealed to me," Garner said.

"It was good to see a Welcome to Southern Downs sign west of Stanthorpe, which meant home.

"I spoke to a cyclist/doctor on the first night of the ride who said I shouldn't be doing the ride.

"It hurts when I hit a bump such as one near Morgan Park.

"I am riding a mountain bike instead of a faster road bike as it is easier with my shoulder."

The 800, who rode from Stanthorpe to Killarney yesterday, camp on showgrounds or footy fields.

"On Sunday morning, I unzipped my tent at Yelarbon and the ice dropped in," Garner said.

Melbourne bookkeeper Heather Hoggan said they encountered 8km of dirt road on the Old Stanthorpe road yesterday.

"It had recently been graded but was a bit up and down (hills)," she said.

Retired Melbourne statistician Leigh Thornton drove to Western Australia for a similar ride earlier in the year and drove north to Queensland for this ride.

The riders were camping at the Killarney Showgrounds last night before cycling to Woodenbong tonight.

The 570km ride ends in Brisbane on Sunday.



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