The 2021 Black Dog Ride on Kangaroo Island saw 100 participants and approximately 80 motorbikes head off from the Kingscote start for a tour of Kangaroo Island.
Stops included the Vivonne Bay General Store, Western KI Sports ground, Rock Pool Cafe and finally Parndana.
We were flagged off by mayor Michael Pengilly, who gave an inspiring pre-ride speech in which he made a point of acknowledging the large group of women joining our ride from the mainland.
This year, for the first time, the ride did a loop past the Carnarvon aged care centre and hospital before departing Kingscote.
This was done at the request of one of our riders because his good mate, and fellow rider from our previous rides, was confined to bed there and so unable to join us this year. Hope you liked it Brian!
At our first stop, the Vivonne Bay General Store, we were well catered for by Tye and his crew who organised a special of coffee and cake deal to feed the large group.
It was good to see the improvements they are making to the premises, great things are in the pipeline for this little outpost.
The leader for the long leg to Wonks did well to still have most of the riders behind him as we arrived at the Western Districts lunch stop.
Here the Western KI Lions put on a terrific lunch of perfectly cooked sausages and delicious salads.
We took some time to relax and talk before heading off to Stokes Bay for the third leg of our journey.
Here the troops were looked after by The Rock Pool Café who have always been supporters of our cause.
The final, official, part of the ride was to Parndana where we gathered in the car park of the town hall where the auction was held.
Speaker John Mannion addressed the group about the importance of knowing how to talk to a mate if you think he might be struggling.
Our thanks go to the people who supported us with auction items, Turner Fuels, Mitre10, Home Hardware, Peter at Havachat, the Vivonne Bay General Store and Rob and Kylie of KI Surf.
We're eternally grateful to the Western Districts Lions for providing and cooking our lunch, also the KIx-FM team for their popular cooked breakfast, and Sharen and Maree of the Junction Community Food Garden for breakfast coffee.
In all a very successful and enjoyable day, partly due to the beautiful sunny day but mostly because of the wonderful group of people who chose to come together to support our cause for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
Many great memories were created and we all went away with a smile and a pledge to be back next year.
None of which would have happened without the hard working team putting it all together, Philippa, Ken, Ollie, Brooke, Dicko, Ian, Kate and Maree and our two support vehicle drivers Bruno and Greg. - Steve Dixon