PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !

Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 19th season will be any more successful !

London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !

Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.

Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues.

SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.

Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .

Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .

NOT ALL postings arrive in their correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from Road Safety Issues .

Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .

You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for relevant info is a good start !

May 22, 2011


Third day of Uphill efforts ! Sometimes it's nice to renew acquaintances but there will always be the time you try to give someone a second chance . Several of those met over the years that don't know what "Swing the Billy means" ! Water i have plenty but a hot drink and a chat to breakup the day is the reason for stopping , not the need for luke warm water offered by a Queenslander driving a dutch camper van . You may have seen it on the TV garlanded with Aussie flags at TDF .

"El Diablo " dressed in a pink suit has made an appearance this year with Media people creating a story line once again . Those photos from last year are still adrift in "internet space" . As for this year i guess a few more days for the promises to be met . Met op with a guy who promised tyres at the Madrid Worlds and he is still working on delivering . Promises , promises , not holding my breathe though .

Chain broke twice yesterday and the link opened three times today always when i drop onto the last cogs but the first time today bent the front changer so off it came , who needs the bigchain ring going uphill at 15% or steeper , not yours truly . Shops shut so will hope the "magic links last out until tomorrow . Link tool saved the day even though it is now bent out of shape from the pressure exerted with the dura ace chain . Full season without mishap so the chain has upwards of 20 on it and is due for replacement . What a time to have to stand on the side of the road with all the italians vying to offer advice .

Roadside hospitality is once again sensational , who needs to be part of an organised tour group when "guiseppe and pals" are in a welcoming mood . Contrast this to a Tour who uses a Blue tent to entertain their punters with TV and nibblies and i will stick to the local efforts which taste so much better . Had occasion to enter said tent but was met with "This is Private" before i had chance to deliver message i was asked to pass on about a punter of theirs in difficulties . Hope some of their following visit this blog post and see how they too can be left to fend for themselves .

More and more Aussies are opting for the "do it yourself" approach and many are reminding me of this as they pass whilst i am on the side of the road "en fete"! Perth has a new to me group called Punto but the rest are the same old , doing things in a way that says "You pays your money , etc!" EArlier post i remarked that tours are replacing "ocean voyages " which i guess beats the pub as a contact method these days .

Many photos out there so will add them when available . Judging by the entry points to this blog many of those i am meeting are googling to see what this blog is about after our meetings on the side of the road .

Those with difficulty uploading the photos please go to Email where you may be more successful wuth uploading . THanks for visiting and if google translate works for you add yourselves as a follower .

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