2022 will see the Bright Smiles Charity Ride enter its seventh successful year raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service South-Eastern Section Dental Program.
Thirsting for a decent adventure after the lockdowns caused by the Covid Pandemic, the 2022 Bright Smiles Charity Ride will be longer than previous years - a six night and 5 day bitumen ride. Each days the ride can be 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. There will also be a breakdown trailer following our group, just in case.....
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
(The route may change at the organisers discretion.)
Thursday 28th April 2022 - Tumut
Riders and volunteers will meet for welcome drinks and dinner in the start town of Tumut, at a restaurant tba, with drinks starting from 6:30 pm.
Day 1, Friday 29th April 2022 - Tumut to Bright. 431 kms, 5 ¾ hrs in the saddle
Today’s ride takes us from Tumut to Bright, and we will enjoy morning tea at Corryong in the majestic Victorian High Country, and lunch at the picturesque Laurel Hotel in the hauntingly beautiful Mitta Mitta Valley. After lunch we travel via the snow fields of Falls Creek and Mount Beauty to Bright. With lots of twisties on our ride today, it is an estimated 431 kms with around 5 ¾ hours total time in the saddle. The day can be broken into three legs (or more) for your riding comfort.
Happy hour tonight is at the back of the luggage truck at the Alpine Hotel, and dinner tonight is arranged at the Bright Brewery.
Day 2, Saturday 30th April - Bright to Hastings. 422 kms 5 ¾ hrs in the saddle
The riding today takes us away from the alpine village of Bright, and across the top of the Yarra Ranges National Park and the Bunyip State Park to our overnight stop in Hastings, on the Western Port Bay side of the Mornington Peninsula.
The ride today will combine many mountainous twists and turns, plus open plains riding, as we travel through Mansfield and past the serenity of Bonnie Doon and Yarck (where the farck is Yarck). We keep to the west of Marysville and ride the fabled Black Spur Drive as we head south into the Gippsland through Nar Nar Goon and Koo Wee Rup to Hastings.
The day can easily be broken into three sections for comfort, and it is full of breathtaking scenery and sensational riding roads. The riding distance is 422 kms and your time in the saddle today will be around 5 ¾ hours.
Both our Happy Hour and dinner tonight will be at the Sanctuary Inn on Marine Parade.
Day 3, Sunday 1st May - Hastings to Port Campbell via the Sorrento Ferry and the Great Ocean Road. 278 kms, 4 ¾ hrs in the saddle
This morning’s ride down Arthurs Seat is an exhilarating way to start the day and after only 1 hour we are onto the vehicular ferry that crosses the mouth of Port Phillip Bay to Queenscliff.
Once we disembark at the beautiful village of Queenscliff, we are off through Torquay, past the world-famous Bells Beach and onto the Great Ocean Road. For the next few hours, we will enjoy what is arguably the most exciting road ride in Australia with the majestic Otway Ranges separated from the churning waters of Bass Strait by only the tiniest ribbon of bitumen.
After lunch and a drink at Apollo Bay we stay on the Great Ocean Road and continue westward, over and around Cape Otway and back onto the coast to the 12 Apostles for a photo shoot.
Our Happy Hour tonight is at the Loch Ard Motor Inn, and our dinner is at the 12 Rocks Bar & Café, both next to the water in Port Campbell.
Day 4, Monday 2nd May - Port Campbell to Mansfield. 465 kms, 5 ½ hrs in the saddle
This is the western most point of our journey, and we must now turn our heads back towards home. Our ride this morning takes us away from the coast, initially across the undulating open plains of grain, sheep, and cattle country. However the farming areas around Colac and Ballarat soon give way as we climb the Macedon Ranges and as the afternoon progresses we continue to climb through Gisborne, Lancefield, and Yea, then past the serenity of Bonnie Doon to the foothills of the Victorian Alps and the busy alpine centre of Mansfield, our resting spot for this evening.
Our Happy Hour tonight will be at the Mansfield Motel, before a short stroll to a sumptuous dinner in a (tba) somewhere in the main street. Tonight is our awards night and Charity Auction.
TONIGHT IS OUR PRESENTATION DINNER AND AUCTION
Day 5, Tuesday 3rd May 2022 - Mansfield to Tumut. 396 kms 5 hrs, in the saddle.
Yet another glorious day that contains every conceivable style of riding you could think of. From the foothills of the Victorian Alps, across the north-western slopes of the Mount Buffalo National Park, then up and over the mountains that surround the historical Victorian Goldfields town of Beechworth. All this before morning tea!
After Beechworth we cross into NSW for just a few minutes, over the Murray River just below the Hume Dam wall, and then back into Victoria over the Bellbridge Bridge. We follow the Murray River Rd until we cross back into NSW at the historic village of Jingellic where we will enjoy a relaxing lunch on the banks of the mighty Murray.
But no rest for the wicked - after lunch we climb back up into the Snowy Mountains, through the apple capital of Australia in Tumbarumba, then a quick diversion through Adelong and into Tumut. We will arrive in time for a relaxing drink from the Happy Hour fridge before our final team dinner in the regionally renowned Wing Cheng Chinese.
If you came along on the 2021 BSCR, not only did you enjoy some fantastic motorcycling roads and the great camaraderie of a small group of like-minded people. You also spent four days travelling through countryside that has been subjected to the worst bushfire season in recorded history. You left a smile on people’s faces, and you injected 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 spent on your petrol, your accommodation, your meals and your drinks, you also bought a few raffle tickets in one of the pubs, 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.