The Bright Smiles Charity Ride is a four night and 4 day bitumen ride, and most days the ride is split into several "sections", aimed at providing participants with the chance to stretch their legs every couple of hours (max).
To make things a little more comfortable for riders, a luggage car is provided to enable you to take a suitcase without loading up your bike too much.
Details of accommodation along the way are contained in the Entry Form on the "How To Enter" page.
THE 2020 BRIGHT SMILES CHARITY RIDE ROUTE
2021 sees the Bright Smiles Charity Ride enter its sixth successful year raising funds for the
Royal Flying Doctor Service South-Eastern Section Dental Program.
Our intention with the 2021 ride is to visit some of the NSW & Victorian country towns
that were severely impacted by the bushfires over Christmas 2019. We have designed the ride
to visit some of the tiny towns that have only just managed to survive, and to meet and chat
with the locals who have come out the other side of the tragedy. Let’s make sure our country cousins know we care about them, and we want to support them financially where we can. (Perhaps start your Christmas shopping on this trip?)
((Accommodation – whilst all meals have been paid for in your disbursements fee, you are responsible to book your own accommodation, at your own expense. Each night we will tell you where dinner is booked, and we will provide you with a recommendation for a suitable motel. You are free to make your own accommodation bookings to suit your budget and (hopefully) within walking distance of the restaurant.))
WELCOME DRINKS & DINNER
Thursday evening 29th April. The fun begins with welcome drinks and dinner at (hotel tba in the Illawarra or Southern Highlands). The Illawarra/Southern Highlands region has much to offer the visitor, and you are strongly encouraged to have a look-see around the district before checking into the Hotel and joining us for pre-dinner drinks from 6:30 pm.
Accommodation in Austinmer – the Headlands Hotel have a range of rooms and I will work with them to obtain a group rate for us. Watch this space.
Friday 30th April – tba to Tathra 460 kms 6 hours 15 minutes (est.) riding time.
After a few short minutes riding we hit the exhilarating hills, twists and turns of the Great Dividing Range. We head up the Macquarie Pass and through Babe’s hometown of Robertson to the picturesque Moss Vale, and then along the southern fringes of the Sutton Forest through the villages of Exeter, Bundanoon and Wingello to Marulan. From Marulan we head south via Bungonia and Tarago to meet the Kings Highway between Bungendore and Braidwood, then down and through the bushfire ravaged Clyde Mountain and Batemans Bay to Mogo. Mogo was decimated by the bushfires at Christmas time, and it will be humbling to observe their rebuilding efforts - perhaps stop for a coffee and chat with some of the locals.
From Mogo it is a relatively short but an unbelievably spectacular, world class ride, down the coastal road from Narooma, through the burnt-out surrounds of Wallaga Lake and Bermagui to our resting spot tonight, the beachside hamlet of Tathra.
Dinner location tba
Saturday 1st May – Tathra to Mallacoota 427 kms 6 hours (est.) riding time.
If we were to travel straight down the highway, we would be at Mallacoota in time for morning tea, BUT – we have other plans that will see us arrive much later this afternoon.
We leave Tathra and head up the Great Divide to Bombala, and then we head through the heavily forested Snowy River National Park to Orbost and then Marlo for lunch, on the edge of Bass Strait. From Marlo we head north-east, following the Princes Highway through Cann River, arriving at Mallacoota after 427 km and six hours riding time.
Dinner location tba
Sunday 2nd May – Mallacoota to Tumut - 2 Options to choose from:
We have 2 options for riders today – the first option being via Bombala, Cooma, over the roof of Australia via Adaminaby and Yarrangobilly to Tumut – approximate 420 km of riding taking around 5 hours.
The second option is slightly longer, and a lot more twisty. Via Bombala, Cooma and Jindabyne, then Thredbo, around Mt Kosciusko through Khancoban and Tumbarumba to Tumut. (Phew!!). That option is around 550 km and is expected to take 6 ¾ hours.
Winter is coming, so I strongly suggest you pack your wooly undies, regardless of which option you take.
Dinner location tba
Monday 3rd May – Tumut to Bowral 380 kms 4 hours 15 minutes (est.) riding time.
We drop down the final stages of the Great Dividing Range this morning, and cross the Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai. From there we pass through very different countryside from the past few days, through the grain and sheep country around Harden, Boorowa to Goulburn, and then on the minor roads paralleling the Hume Motorway through Sutton Forest to lunch at Bowral.
As we ride we will have plenty of time to reflect on the positive things we have achieved this weekend, not only for the RFDS Dental Program, but also for the small towns and hamlets we have visited along the way.
Most, but not all, participants in the BSCR hail from Sydney or Newcastle, and our lunchtime finish at Bowral gives everybody the chance to be home in time to iron out the kinks before dinner.
HOW TO ENTER
For full details of the cost of participating in the event, and to download an entry form, please click on this link: https://www.brightsmilescharityride.com.au/how-to-enter
If you come along on the 2021 BSCR, not only will you enjoy some fantastic motorcycling roads and the great camaraderie of a small group of like-minded people. You will also spend four days travelling through countryside that has been subjected to the worst bushfire season in recorded history. You will leave a smile on people’s faces, and you will inject much needed money into cash-strapped local economies that will take many years to recover to pre bushfire levels.
As well as the dollars you spend on your petrol, your accommodation, your meals and your drinks, you might buy a few raffle tickets in one of the pubs, maybe a tea towel or two in a local store, and perhaps a birthday present for one of your family.
However much or however little you spend doesn’t matter – the fact that you made the effort and showed you care, has meant the world to the locals.