Hi girls, I've had ride on my mind for a while now and GSDane has prompted me to get organised and do something about it. I'll quote an email she sent a few of us: Hey Chix. I hope that you're all doing great… heads up and feet down Last weekend I thought of all of you - and am to send you all a greeting from our neighboring country of Sweden I participated in the annual Swedish "Spring Thaw Ride" (well, this year it became more of a "Nearly Summer Ride" 'cause it was moved from early April because of this year's long winter :-/)… this is a 280k's Roadbook ride (navigational) with nearly 60 riders (would have been 80 if held in April) throughout the forests and countryside of southern Sweden on mostly gravel and forest roads - fantastic! It is actually arranged by an oz expat, Troy Safari Carpenter is his name on the AdvRider-forum, so I had a chance to chat about my favorite second home country After the ride Saturday during dinner it was time for the price award ceremony - all was none-competitive… so the awards were something like best 'Bush-mechanic' and best mate-award I was lucky enough to receive an award as well… As I was the only female rider and participant (!!) I got the 'Chix in Stix'-award :-0 Please see the attached picture I believe that this award was introduced this year…In his motivational speech, Troy told the audience about the fantastic Chix in the Stix-rides in Oz - and when handing me the paper he asked me to pass his greetings and acknowledgement on to all the Chix in the Stix back home So here you go… you're on the map in Sweden ;-) I'm thinking Saturday the 20th July, we will try and catch ourselves some winter sunshine in Central Vic, and do a day ride. I'm keeping this one simple - for me mostly as I'm flat out doing fun things. It will be fairly easy dirt with some tar thrown in to link the dirt bits. We'll have lunch in a cafe that's nice and warm,..... and dry! Meet at Togs Cafe, 58 Lyttleton st, Castlemaine at 9:30am I need to work something out for those who wish to stay in the area for the weekend, would be great to have dinner together and maybe sit around a campfire. As alway, I welcome your thoughts and input. All girls welcome. Oh, and Troy ...... "Gidday mate"