Postie Bike Odyssey for good cause
CORINDI man Ben Lambert is in for a bone-rattling few weeks when he joins the 2010 Postie Bike Odyssey as it travels across the country from Adelaide to Darwin next month.
Mr Lambert will mount a tiny 2005 Honda CT110-X postie bike and will join other riders from around the country in traversing some of the roughest outback roads in Australia, all for a good cause.
The motorcycle enthusiast is used to riding much bigger bikes and said the trip was going to be a rough one.
He said of the many bikes he had owned, the little Honda was easily one of the smallest.
Unfortunately for the riders, many of the bikes have had very few modifications for the rough trip.
“It's a run of the mill, basic bike, apart from the off-road tyres,” Mr Lambert said.
“I originally bought the bike off eBay, replaced the brakes and tyres and tried to make it a bit more comfortable with a sheep skin seat cover, (but) that's about it.”
The Postie Bike Odyssey, which began in 1999, is this year raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service through the sponsorship obtained by individual riders.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a not-for-profit organisation which transports doctors and medical services to people in rural and remote areas in Australia who might otherwise go without.
“Right now, we're raising as much money as we can to support them,” Mr Lambert said.
“We've raised up to about four-and-a-half grand at the moment and hopefully we'll get a fair bit more.
“My personal goal is to raise at least $500 for them myself.”
Mr Lambert and other riders on the trip each raise money through sponsorship and donations and then contribute it to the cause.
The tour will begin in Adelaide on July 9 and will travel more than 3500 kilometres over two-and-a-half weeks, aiming to reach Darwin around July 25.
“We go virtually straight up the right-hand corner of South Australia, across into Queensland, then across to Darwin,” Mr Lambert said.
“There's a lot of bone-breaking k's there.
“I'm probably going to have a bit of trouble walking for a while after the trip.”
Recent wet weather along the proposed route had caused some concern that water might be blocking some of the roads; however, Mr Lambert said the group would find a way around if that scenario eventuates. Mr Lambert said although there was a support team following the riders, he still had to somehow transport a lot of gear on his bike.
“I'll be throwing the swag on the back because we'll be camping all along the way,” he said.
Strapped to the rear of his bike are empty ammunition tins, which will serve as his luggage compartment.
Mr Lambert is seeking more local sponsors for his effort and would welcome donations from the public.
More information about the 2010 Postie Bike Odyssey and Mr Lambert can be found at www.postiebikeodyssey.com.