I went to Tidal River on Thursday so we'd be ready for the volunteers to arrive on the Friday. We had the site almost to ourselves so, after we had finished our set up, we could enjoy an almost empty beach
Friday and Saturday weren't too hectic until the weather broke on Saturday evening; then it was pretty busy trying to pack all our equipment away before it got too soaked. I eventually made it to dinner 42 minutes after it officially closed, but after confessing my sin and promising not to be late again I was fed.
Sunday was an early start for me. Because the road through the Prom was closed to non-bikes while riders were on the road, our vehicles had to be out before 0600 which meant we arrived before any of the cafés in Foster had opened. Fortunately a couple of cafés opened early so we could caffeinate and be fit for work.
The next few days ran smoothly for us. The Seaspray SLSC balcony was very pleasant with a cold one in hand.
When the last two days were cancelled, two thirds of the riders had already preempted the decision. I think I may be the jinx as this was the second Great Ride I've been on that's been cut short (the other was a GTBR that was hit by a storm on the last night). On Saturday night the remaining riders (mostly riders who needed transport to regional Victoria) were comfortably outnumbered by the remaining volunteers. Despite the situation, we HAF survivors seemed to enjoy the last night party. My team was down to three, the minimum we needed to pack the last of our equipment and to drive our vehicles back to Sunshine.
This was my first Ride as a volunteer, after having ridden a few GTBRs and GVBRs. The experience was different (obviously) but still enjoyable. Because I was working with a smaller group, I saw them more often than you'd normally manage to as a rider. It was also satisfying working in a team again (I retired last year so I haven't done that so much since).
Next year starts in Bright and wanders around the North East. After I manage to get everything dry I might put the 2018 ride on my list.