Father and daughter brave rain, road on cycling adventure
BRISBANE'S Peter Lane is a firm believing in cycling as a way for seniors to keep fit.
He should know.
At the age of 68, he cycled the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail in the January heat of 2015 with his daughter Jo, 37, and despite a number of obstacles, made it with flying colours.
"On Friday, January 24, 2015, in horrendous rain, daughter Jo and myself started the BRVT at 6.45am at Wulkuraka, near Ipswich," Peter said
"Rain and mud made cycling the track impossible, so we headed onto the Brisbane Valley Hwy.
"Outside Fernvale, a speeding car lost control, rolled and nearly killed Jo.
"Leaving Fernvale on the BRVT at 11.30am, rain and mud broke my bike chain 2km outside Lowood, so I pushed it to Lowood.
"While a friendly local fixed the chain, Jo cycled by road to Esk, the halfway stage.
"When I caught her, we cycled the BRVT to Esk, arriving at 5.30pm, exhausted from cycling endless mud-strewn rail embankments.
"Friends in Esk gave welcome hot showers, a roast dinner and a bed for the night.
"January 25, the scorching 34C heat made hard cycling the 40km to Toogoolawah and Moore, then at Lindville a nasty dog attacked and bit.
"Tired, hungry, hot and with no water, we completed the long, slow ride to Blackbutt by 5pm.
"My wife drove us 20km to Yarraman to stay at the caravan park.
"At 11am, January 26, we cycled downhill to Blackbutt in a blistering 37C heat past endless black boy trees.
"Finding the BRVT was overgrown, the last 10km were on the highway.
"We celebrated the 148km ride with a delightful Australia Day pub lunch."
Peter returned to do a 42km marathon run from Fernvale to Esk in July 2015.
And this year, the keen rider and his daughter Jo again cycled part of the BRVT.
There's no doubt Peter Lane is quite an inspiration to all seniors.