This morning we said our goodbyes to the awesome host family in Sandringham, the beach suburb where we have been staying. I dropped Nicola and Shelley off at the airport around 11- funny to think they are STILL sitting on the airplane to California. Then I headed to my new host house in Elsternwick, a town in the south part of Melbourne. So goodbye to Andrew and Lisa Judd in Sandringham... goodbye to Nicola and Shelley... hello to Clint, Juno, and the three kids in Elsternwick.
This week has been busy. Nicola and Shelley had one week to fit it all in and I was along for the ride. We rode our bikes on Beach Rd. about 400 times, drank lots of lattes, ate great Indian food, and....
Spent time getting lost in the city on our bikes... best way to learn a city.
Went to DISC to be a part of the first Australian women's only Omnium Championships. We were so honored to be there and present the medals to the different champions. Rhys, below, runs the velodrome and couldn't be nicer. The supportive environment in track racing world wide is amazing.
Went to the Healsville Sanctuary to see Australian wildlife. We drove 1 hour, got there 20 minutes before they closed, talked our way in for free, and ran the 3k loop in order to see all the animals... emus, kangaroos, platypus, wombats, tasmanian devils, dingoes ("the dingo ate my baby"), kaolas, etc. I can't remember half the animals because we were only pausing at each area.
Spent time on the beach watching kite surfers... this one is for you Nick!
Relaxed... only a little.