Hi Everyone,

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Chris, your Grapevine Administrator here… Happy New Year everyone!

I’m going to attempt a ‘Saddle Sore 1600’ – a long distance motorcycle ride, of a minimum of 1600km, all within 24 hours. – It’s not a race. Here’s a link to some more information on this type of endurance ride: http://www.ironbutt.org/rides/ss1600k.htm – This type of event is recognised internationally as a long distance endurance motorcycle ride, with certification provided through the ‘Iron Butt Association’. Participants need to follow certain rules to achieve their award.

It’s a test of mental and physical endurance. I’m aiming to ride in Mid-Late Feb, 2017, during a weekday, the date will be weather dependant. I’m aiming to raise $1 per km of riding for Aran Animal Rescue, hoping to raise a total of $1600 for their very worthwhile efforts. Aran are online here: http://www.arananimalrescue.org.nz and here: https://www.facebook.com/AranRescueNZ

I’m fund raising through the NZ website: https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/saddlesore4aran – if you have an interest in this, and would like to make a donation, please head over there and sponsor me for this marathon ride. – You’ll receive updates from me through this as a sponsor (useful if you’re not on Facebook).

My ride: is currently planed as: Distance: 1,657.8km Est overall riding time: 22:13:56 – Route details: https://a.rever.co/embed/rides/284785

I also have a Facebook, Event Page where further updates and live event information will be distributed through: https://www.facebook.com/events/1840698712811863 – feel free to ‘log an interest’ on the event page which will then keep you informed of further updates. – I’ll be live streaming some of the more scenic sections of the ride (assuming we have cellphone reception in those areas), I’ll also be uploading some commentary videos from time to time, and our current location should be shared as we ride round… – Quite a lot of detailed planning still to do. – And, I’ve got to ride it too! 🙂

Please consider jumping on board and wishing me luck for this in the best way possible, help me to hit my fundraising target…

Thanks for your interest. Regards,