Kenneth McNally

Kenneth McNally
Riding for Jonnie
In Australia, 3 children die of cancer every week. Please sponsor me and support my challenge to fight kids' cancer and save little lives!
I've Ridden 527.5 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 27th
  • State: 4th in Vic
  • My Team: 1st
I've raised $8,542.29 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

Jonnie

My Story

This October, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!

Because right now, cancer is the largest single killer of children from disease in Australia – over 600 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 die every week.

Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.

And so I am riding and raising funds to support the Children's Medical Research Institute to continue their work into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Please support my challenge by making a donation through my fundraising page to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.

Together, we can save little lives.

Thanks for your support.

Kenneth

My Challenge

  • 19.8 km ride - Mt Defiance n back - Sunday, January 9, 2022
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    Logged this ride 17 days ago
  • 47.6 km ride - Will he to Willie n back - Monday, November 22, 2021
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    Logged this ride 65 days ago
  • Blog 15 Photo Shoot
    3 Nov 2021

    A short ride to the local Bendigo Bank and return.

    Opportunity for a photo shoot as a cheque for $5000 was handed over to yours truly as a further contribution to the Children’s Medical Research Institute. Now a total of $8000 plus raised. Great outcome. I was initially thinking about $2500 as a worthwhile target. I am quite moved by the collective generosity.

    The East Keilor Community Bendigo Bank board agreed to make a contribution from the Community Enterprise Foundation fund. This funding source is used to support a range of charitable organisations. The funds are accumulated over the years when some of the profits made by a community bank are put aside for charitable purposes.

    If you are involved in a charity and are not aware of this funding source approach your local Bendigo Community Bank and enquire.

    The ride was uneventful. Headwind on the way blew me home on return.

    Posted 84 days ago
  • 7.7 km ride - Photo Shoot - Wednesday, November 3, 2021
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    Logged this ride 84 days ago
  • Ride for Kids Nr 14 Wind, Rain and mixed emotions
    29 Oct 2021

    Oh what a storm. The intensity of the howling winds and the noises that they brought during the night and most of the day could well have been from a movie set — I don’t recall such intensity before in Melbourne. Global Warming?

    I didn’t have to go far to see the start of the mayhem nearby. No power, wires dangling and trees down everywhere. Photo I have posted is one of many taken.

    While a tad milder when I ventured out, the winds made riding a bit different. Yet again never a tail wind but instead gusts from ahead that almost pulled you up or when from the side pushed the Trek and I sideways in the blink of an eye.

    Why ride on such a day? Good question.

    I wanted to finish the challenge before we headed out of town for a few days.

    Took a route ridden a couple of times before, more k’s than required and reminisced about the last 30 days or so.

    Surveyed the damage, ducked a weaved past fallen limbs and whole trees and hoped that the pop and crackle under my wheels was not a puncture but only the detritus of storm damage lying across the roads and trails. No point trying to avoid as the leaves, twigs and small branches were everywhere.

    Very few others out and about, hardly an animal, bird or critter to mention and constant reminders of mother nature’s power.

    Note to self;- why do we ( society) plant single trees on nature strips and leave single trees in nature reserves. So evident that copses of trees showed a resilience that single entities couldn’t.

    Despite the mayhem, I found time to reflect.

    Firstly the tressle bridge from above. A brief distraction but worth sharing. Ride Nr 11? I saw a few people lining up with cameras. Asked what for? Waiting for train. I just thought a large freight train crossing the bridge would be interesting to watch but gave up when the rail enthusiast ( Eddie) told me train was stuck at Newport and running late. Took off knowing there might be other opportunities as my ride planned took me alongside the track etc. Got to Moonee Ponds Crick and still no train. Waited a bit at tressle bridge there. Took off. About a k down the track heard the whistle of a steam train. Gone before I could even decide to turn back. Hearing that train toot took me even further back in “my time” to holidays at Berriwillock ( Mallee) from whence my parents came. Lots of steam trains still used in 57 to haul the grain.

    Where am I?

    Passing Dodds Homestead in Brimbank Park - 18 hundreds, many kids and farming.

    One of the many crossings or were they set up for fish farming, is just below.

    The old railway tressle bridge ( 1903 and one death)

    Noticed a bunch of flowers out of place but beneath said bridge and still fresh. In memory of a “jumper” intent upon leaving his or her troubled life?

    Legs much stronger than a month ago. Riding much easier. What motivator is required to continue on beyond. GCC? Feeling lighter 5 kgs in fact.

    There goes Solomons Ford. Still no reference to ancient history value to the sustainability community.

    “Chuck” Grimes got the glory.

    Tree across track. Long grass. Hope no @snake in the grass as I find a way past.

    Maggie encounter spot. No sign so ride on regardless.

    Lilly Street switchback. No probs. Straight up. One more shot of Melb central.

    Down I go as I push on.

    Here comes the rain. No choice but to get wet.

    Down, Up and Along to the Red Bridge and then a U turn.

    A couple of very keen fishermen intent upon getting heavy metal ingestion and struggling to stay warm.

    Time to head home.

    Up Steeles Creek ( no falls), past the bank and home at last.

    One or 2 photos to celebrate the end.

    413 kms completed.

    Rear tyre made it but no tread to speak of left.

    2 Days to spare.

    Fund raising target met. Many many thanks for that.

    What next?

    To blog or not to blog.

    To ride at least twice a week with one to be greater than 40 kms.

    Thanks for your support.

    Hope you have enjoyed the journey.

    GO DEES

    Ride for Kids Nr 14 Wind, Rain and mixed emotions
    Posted 88 days ago
  • 38.5 km ride - Friday, 29 October 2021
    Logged this ride 89 days ago
  • 39.1 km ride - Lunch Ride - Friday, October 29, 2021
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    Logged this ride 89 days ago
  • R for K Nr 13 An unlucky number?
    28 Oct 2021

    Why unlucky ? Surely not superstitious?

    Maybe!

    Firstly the plan was to ride this morning and meet up with ex workmate at Footscray n travel to Willie n then return. Weather got in the road of that plan. Cancelled until next week at least.

    Next I decided to ride on my own as weather improved only to get a call about a special meeting with council n Golf Club Operators ( new) n Golf Club ( us/ me). This meant shorter time available n therefore shorter ride.

    Finally I set the riding app on my phone to “Pause” after 9 kms and forgot to start again.

    Net result is shorter k’s by an unknown number that has been recorded.

    They say that bad luck comes in threes. Well at least that is what my grandmother used to say. Nanna was always bigger and more knowledgeable than “they” anyway.

    My conclusion. A couple of hiccups n a mistake. Nothing to do with 13. But clearly I thought about it.

    My photo today shows a pile of rubbish dumped by someone down by the River and in a position that I struggle to understand both why and how. Council have taped it and left notices seeking info. I hope the dickheads had left some personal papers in the mess and they are tracked down. I haven’t been able to find an entrance to get down to the River that will fit any more than a bike through without removal of bollards. Clearly these brain dead folk did.

    The why I ponder. Much the same as I ponder the anti vacs folk? We really have dumbed down some people to the point where their notion of society is so selfish it beggars belief.

    Back to the ride.

    Very hot and muggy.

    Track extremely dry and as such quite slippery when braking on any slope.

    Hot conditions led me to constantly monitor for snakes.

    Didn’t see one but happened across a huge lizard in middle of track after coming around a bend at speed. He saw me or she did too. I locked up. Skidded past. The bloody thing turned and snapped. Missed my foot by “that much”. By the time I had stopped and removed phone for a snap all I got was a hint of brown in the midst of a sea of green grass.

    It wasn’t a blue tongue but was well fed, fat and of a similar size and proportions.

    So here I am a few k short of my target ( 29 I think) and 3 days to finish meeting my 400 kms target.

    Thanks to the generosity of many the target I set for funds has been exceeded. Well done everyone.

    Tomorrow is another day and it will be ride Nr 14!

    R for K Nr 13 An unlucky number?
    Posted 90 days ago
  • 13.0 km ride - R 4 K Nr 13 - Thursday, October 28, 2021
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    Logged this ride 90 days ago
  • R for K Nr 12 Wet then Sunny
    24 Oct 2021

    Decided on the Moonee Ponds Trail again but lengthened a bit to take in the docks n Footscray Road before heading back up the Maribyrnong River.

    Must have had rose coloured glasses on this time as even some of the graffiti looked interesting.

    Check out Facebook post.

    The one photo I have chosen is of a piece of nice wood work done by Strathmore Men’s Shed, set up near a section of peaceful parkland on the Creek and full of books ( presumably donated by locals) to be used by all and sundry as they sit and enjoy the relative serenity.

    After the rains of the last day or so, the trees and bushes all looked washed and the smell of eucalyptus was strong in parts. Frogs could be heard croking in a number of spots along the journey. A sign that parts of the environment are reasonably healthy.

    Lots of fisher folk along the Maribyrnong River. All the way up from Footscray Road to near Canning Park in Avondale Heights. Not sure I would keep and cook whatever from the river but still nice to see people having a go.

    Anyway 48 kms down and one more ride to go?

    R for K Nr 12 Wet then Sunny
    Posted 94 days ago
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