Archive for July, 2010

On my way

Well, after just over 5 months of intense planning, I’m on my way.

An emotional farewell to my family this morning – it’s hard to think that it will be almost 5 months before I see them again in person. The kids will have grown (as kids are wont to do – and in more than one way) and we will have chickens in the backyard!

It’s good to be on the bike and, in the words of Phil Liggett (Tour deFrance commentator – though I have no illusions about MY riding), having a ‘day at the office’ – it will be even better tomorrow when I have my first regional presentation in Ballarat. If you’re in the neighbourhood, pop in and find out how YOU can avoid wasting your money on unnecessary energy use.

Three days before I leave

Well, it’s now Monday and I leave on Thursday morning.

It’s hard to imagine that just over 5 months ago I got this idea that I needed to do this thing.

It’s been a roller-coaster ride with lots of soul searching, many pauses to wonder if I can actually do it and magnificent support from all and sundry.

In 3 days now I will actually be “on my bike” and riding this vision I hatched in February. Every time I think of the enormity of doing this I quail a little inside until I realise that this is something that, if I DON’T do, I would regret for the rest of my life. I don’t know how much difference I can make but it is worth trying anyway. And it has only ever been through trying that anything worthwhile has been done. Individually, our contributions to reducing our carbon footprints mean only a little but, collectively, when enough people become engaged, then it certainly makes a real difference and this makes it all worthwhile.

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Presentations in Melbourne this week and imminent departure.

It’s now less than two weeks before I leave my home and family to promote Energy Efficiency Australia-wide.

Well, it’s getting close now! I head out of Melbourne on the 29th July towards Ballarat and won’t see my family again until nearly Xmas-time. It’s really beginning to dawn on me the enormity of this undertaking but it will be all worthwhile if it helps to save energy and bring this issue into focus for people.

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Presentations are starting to fill up

July presentations are starting to fill up – the week prior to my departure is full.

Look in my calendar http://www.ridethetalk.com.au/calendar-2/ to see where I am and where I’m going. If you hover over a date it will show you details of the presentation. If there are no details there, your council hasn’t signed up yet; please get in touch with your local council to ask for a presentation near you! 🙂