When Challenge for Change started planning The Tassie Challenge ten months ago, we were running fairly blindly. I spent hours talking to strangers from churches I'd found on Google, or to people that others had referred me to. This morning, Graham and I started a planning trip to find out exactly what we had planned, and what 27 cyclists and 18 support crew members have signed up for.
The trip started well. Looking out the plane window, we could only see a few hills, none of which had roads on them. Too easy? After (mostly) successfully navigating Hobart's one-way streets, we checked out our Hobart accommodation (see Facebook for photos), gave out some brochures to strangers and visited our proposed finishing point. The trip has already proven to be worthwhile, as we discovered that the aforementioned finishing point was at the top of a whopping great hill. Eager to keep the cyclists on side, we checked out alternative options. Cascade brewery, anyone?
With a few hours to kill, we thought we'd investigate Reid's idea of a good final day. 14km and 1200m higher, we looked out over a very foggy city under Mt Wellington. Graham and I felt that in a car, getting to the top was an accomplishment ("on the top of Mt Wellington, covered in cloud.....we froze our butts off, but we still feel quite proud!" - Graham) Cyclists keen to take on the challenge, I wish you well!
This planning trip gives us the opportunity to make alterations to ensure that The Tassie Challenge runs as smoothly as possible. I was reminded this evening of our Zambian friends, who don't have the luxury of driving the routes they navigate in life and making changes if it's too difficult. I'm loving watching the team prepare with this knowledge, knowing that this is what it's all about.
Maybe we should keep our initial finishing point........