Sisters to cycle to Darwin
FOR some it means climbing the Eiffel Tower, bungee jumping off a rickety bridge in New Zealand or sailing in Maldives, but for two Warwick women high on their list of life’s “must dos” is something very different.
Sisters Sue Ferguson and Jackie Bodimeade will start on one of their “bucket list” adventures today.
Their plan: To cycle 3200km from Warwick to Darwin through the Australian outback.
For the game duo the ride represents a purely personal challenge.
“It is just something we want to do,” Mrs Ferguson said.
“I guess the idea just started as a joke.
“My son lives in Darwin and we travel their regularly and I often thought I could ride these roads.”
As happens with the occasional joke: Humour transpired into hatching a plan.
So this morning about 7am the two will leave the comfort of their homes for a ride they estimate could take them seven weeks.
Keeping them company will be Sue’s husband Jeff, who is the appointed support crew.
For the pair, who invested in the local gym Curves last May, fitness will play a critical role.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do this, if we weren’t fit thanks to the gym,” Mrs Ferguson said.
“We’ve already done a few other rides, so we know we are capable of riding 100km per day and that is what we will aim for.
“We’ll ride for two days and break for one and get fitter as we go.
“We’re confident we can handle it. We know are can comfortably average 20km per hour.
“So we’ll start early and have a break every two hours.”
Their motivation – aside from seeing Mrs Ferguson’s son at the other end – is personal.
“I guess it is a little about seeing if we can do it and trying something different.”
Meanwhile she said their jointly-owned gym in Palmerin Street will be left in the competent hands of a close friend and qualified staff.