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Jim Keenan's 22 Great Rides

  • More reflections from Jim on the South Island tour.

      6 November 2021

    Here’s some more notes from Jim on his recent epic cycling journey, with heartfelt thanks to all he met and stayed with on the South Island leg of the journey:

    “Monday 11 October we left Picton on the journey first calling at my Number one helper and itinerary organiser Peter Forman's nephew and my great nephew Dave Forman of Imagine Signs, Dave supplied us with monogrammed shirts, flour jackets, and signage for Pete's ambulance free of charge which was much appreciated. Thanks Dave and family.

    Onto Christchurch where we stayed with my niece Sharron and her husband John Lee. We hadn't seen each other for years so was a great catchup. Spent two nights with them which we thoroughly enjoyed. While in Christchurch caught up with another Fragile X family at their house for coffee and chats. Wednesday we drove to Dunedin. I think was the only day I never did a ride because of vile weather. Arriving at daughter Kim’s and son in law Adrian’s house and was able to catch up with their Daughter Jaimie and son Brad both of whom have Fragile X we spent a couple of enjoyable hours with them. After a ride the next day, travelled on to my second cousin in Clyde, Kevin Boyle, with whom we were to stay for six nights. Kev and I started school together in Milton so were able to talk about the dim past. While I was riding some of the trails in the area Pete and Kev had a pretty good time in the ambulance telling yarns and generally having fun. Kev was a great host and Pete and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with him.

    Was good to catch up with old shearing mate and his wife Snow and Lynne Quin and friends Bill Usher and partner Lynn. We moved on to Cromwell and stayed with brother Speed’s widow Marie who made us very welcome although she got a quite a shock when first seeing me as it was the day I face planted and obviously didn't look too flash. Typical Marie, took it in her stride and she and Pete had me looking my handsome self again. Also enjoyed having dinner with nephew Kelly and neice Levena.

    Pete and I went through the Lindis Pass to catch up with Kim, Adrian and Brad at the Ruataniwha camping ground where we met up with another nephew on my wife Jean's side, Peter Lyall. We had a great three days there and some good riding, and think I did about 330 Km in that time.

    On the Monday morning we set of for Greymouth with me actually riding a fair bit on the road, when we arrived at the motel which Pete Lyall had booked and paid for it was dark and rain forecast for next morning. This was only time on whole journey we never stayed with family. Met up with another Fragile X family next morning after my ride and enjoyed catching up with them though was only for a few short time as it was quite wet.

    Then onto Motueka to stay with neice and husband Alana and Ray Joyce. Had a great catchup and good night's sleep and a ride in the morning with Ray. Also met their son Darryl who I had never met before. While in Motueka met and had lunch with a family with a Fragile X son. He was a delightful young guy and enjoyed our time with them. We then went onto Nelson for afternoon tea with Andrea and Dan Lee. Andrea is CEO of Fragile X NZ. We then went to spend the last night of our journey with Pete Lyall and partner Cheryl and family.”

    Jim passes on his very grateful thanks to all those who helped along the way, those who donated to the cause, Waikawa Bay school for their wonderful support, and John and Peter, without who’s help it wouldn't have happened.

    Cheers to all, Jim

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  • Jim reflects on his epic ride

      2 November 2021

    He's officially finished and although Jim has been home a few days now and taken a few long naps to refresh himself, he still gets out each day for an average of 20 to 25 Km. He has penned a note of thanks to all his supporters over the 6 weeks of his trail riding epic and a brief diary of his travels in the North Island. He will send diary notes for the South Island later.

    “A few thoughts and thanks to all who helped and put us up in North Island.

    Travelled to Wellington on 17th September to be met by John and Tim Forman and taken to lunch at One Red Dog on the waterfront. Tim picked up the tab for an enjoyable lunch after which we had a scenic drive around Wellington then they dropped me at son Mark's home. There were a relaxing couple of nights catching with his and Angela's family and great grandchildren. On the 19th I flew to Tauranga to meet my nephew Pete Forman who was to be my assistant along with his ambulance on the road trip. Pete informed me that I was to start the ride that avo. We had an Evinci bike loaned to me by Andreas of Evinci E-Bikes of Tauranga for which I was very grateful as the performance of the infinity bike was incredible. That afternoon we started the ride along with friends Ross and Marion Smith. Spent 5 nights at Pete's home and rode trails around the area. Pete proved to be a great host and an invaluable assistant on the rest of my rides around NZ. Can't thank you enough Pete.

    Then onto my son Blair and daughter in law Jenny in Hamilton and grandkids where Pete and I spent 5 very enjoyable nights and was made very special as Blair was able to join us on rides around the Waikato area. Was also able to catch up with niece Mary.

    We then traveled to Taradale in Hawke’s Bay to stay with daughter Jodi and son in law Chris Heenan. We spent 6 enjoyable nights there and were joined on rides by Jodi, Chris, and grandson Matt. Also niece Joanne arrived with her new e-bike doing an incredible 50kms for the day. We were also able to catch up with Fx families which was one of the highlights of our journey. Must say that the Bay has some fantastic trails over which I rode in excess of 400kms. Leaving Jodi’s we travelled to the Wairarapa to spend a night with Brian and Lynn Forman who showed us great hospitality but really feel for Brian who is suffering with severe knee problems. Next morning over the hill to the Hutt where Pete dropped me off part way for a ride finishing close to John Forman’s house in Petone where we lunched with Judith, Tim and John, then on to Pete and John's sister Pauline's house for the last night of our North Island journey. John had talked me into doing a stationary bike ride across Cook Strait on the Bluebridge ferry which went very well. Must commend Bluebridge and staff for their excellent support through help with fares and refreshments on journey and promoting the cause and collecting donations. Arriving at my house on 8th October to catch up with Jean a very patient wife. More notes later"

    Cheers, Jim

    and of course you can still donate.

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  • The man who never gave up is not giving up.

      27 October 2021

    He's carrying on for a few more days till he completes a triumphal arrival at Waikawa Bay School in Picton on Friday 29 Oct. Jim's the caretaker there and the kids are holding a gold coin fundraiser for the cause. Go Jim.

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    • 29/10/2021 by Jennie

      Fabulous effort Jim! What an amazing effort!

      Congratulations from Jennie & Trev

  • He's done it!! In one day less than planned.

      26 October 2021

    The moment of triumph came in drizzly rain, at Kororo.

    Here's a snapshot of the whole campaign:

    • Target of 2345 km achieved

    • Days planned to do this: 39

    • Days actual to complete: 38

    • Days riding in the rain: 1 in 39

    • Pete rode 663 km

    • Pete drove 5,500 km (to date, he still has to get home)

    • Best Signage: Hawkes Bay/Napier rides

    • Worst signage: Rotorua trails through to Waikete

    • Smallest signage: Queenstown Lakes Rides (postage stamp signs)

    • Dollars raised to date $11,600 +

    At the start of the rides in September Jim said to Pete his "bum was sore but he'll get over it, but the kids with FragileX won't". A pretty profound statement and a mark of the very generous guy Jim is.

    Thank you so much Jim.

    And thanks so much to all the generous donors who have given more than $11,000 so far.

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    • 27/10/2021 by Linda

      Congratulations Uncle Jim, this is an awesome achievement.

      Thank you for your efforts, and thanks to Pete as well, we’ve really enjoyed following the journey 💕

  • North Island rides completed

      12 October 2021

    He's done it - well half of it at least!! But he's completed a big milestone. He's knocked off 1112 Km in the North Island rides over 20 days, plus another 20 Km while stationary in a bike frame while on the Bluebridge ferry across Cook Strait. We think that's the first recorded example of anyone riding the waves across the Strait. The next few days he took some rest but now he's on his way again into the South Island leg of his challenge. Jim and Pete are facing some rough weather over the rest of this week. Let's hope Southern hospitality is warm and inviting in every possible way as Jim powers his way into the deep South. The linked video covers some warmer times in the North Island.

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  • First week done and dusted

      27 September 2021

    Jim has nailed 561 Km over nine days and is eager for more. The itinerary has been blown to bits by weather and Covid restrictions but he's managed good coverage of Bay of Plenty, Hamilton and surrounding areas. Next weekof his trip will be down into the central North Island forests and west of Lake Taupo, then across towards the Hawkes Bay. Future updates will be reporting on recent results rather than posting detailed planned itinerary, because of frequent changes required by weather and track conditions. Jim is doing very well and is absolutely stoked by the generous support given by donors. Thanks so much to all of you.

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  • Jim's first week itinerary

      17 September 2021

    He's ready to go and he's starting earlier than planned. First ride is this coming Sunday in the Bay of Plenty region. A bit of rearranging done to keep clear of the lockdown in Auckland.

    Sunday 19th: Waihi to Matamata 84 km

    Monday 20th: Omokoroa to Mt Maunganui 60 km return

    Tuesday 21st: Paeroa to Kaiaua 89 km

    Wednesday 22nd: Rotorua Trail 48 km

    Thursday 23rd: Motu Trail 67 km - weather dependent - alternative is starting the Karapiro section to Waipapa Dam

    Friday 24th: Rest day and travel to Hamilton

    Saturday 25th: Ngaruawahia to Karapiro 48 km

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  • Closing in on the start date

      14 September 2021
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    Covid changed a few things but now we're back on track. Yes folks, it's getting closer to the start date. Jim is crossing Cook strait on Friday 17th on his way to Tauranga to meet his nephew Peter Forman, who will be his support crew throughout his great rides. Pete's had his ex-ambulance sign-written for the occasion. First ride expected next Monday. Watch this space.

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