Back at work for a couple of weeks of 2019 and I don’t want to rush things too much, so I organised to take an extra week off after this year’s Tour Down Under bike ride.

David, his son and his dad after completing the TDU

Last year’s community ride (the ‘Challenge Tour’) had to be cancelled due to hot weather. We’ve had our share of hot weather again this year, but fortunately Saturday (previously Friday) turned out to be ideal. This year I rode with my dad and my son - 3 generations of Gardiners! Very proud of my son, who completed the 100km distance (his furthest ridden) plus (impressing a lot of our fellow riders) he did it on a mountain bike (as he doesn’t have a road bike).

I didn’t need the week off to recuperate from the ride - instead I was catching up with relatives visiting Adelaide! It was great to see them lots of time during the week.

We all just made it through the 46.6°C record maximum temperature for Adelaide on Thursday (that was a really, really hot day).

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I watched as my son and his cousin did the ropes course at West Beach
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French Monopoly - Relying on my niece to translate

I’m finishing off the mini-break with the Australia Day long weekend. Caught up with the visiting rellies one last time (before they flew home) for morning tea/lunch/kicking the footy in the park (how Aussie is that!) following by dinner with my folks. A really nice day!