Stella and Rory

Stella and Rory

Friday, January 20, 2012

We Saw the Tour Down Under

Howdy Everybuddy, Rory here.  We had some major excitement in our little town on Wednesday.  We were host to the start of Stage 2 of the Tour Down Under.

Our little town of 1500 people came alive as everyone got into the spirit of the ride, decorated their homes, shops and streets to support the riders.

It was a fabulous morning and we had a ball.  Here are a few photos.

Old time police car.

Novelty Parade/Sponsor Cars 

 Lisa and Tyler.  He was very well behaved with all the people and noises around.  Yay Tyler.

You can see from the sky it was very overcast but the forecast was for a sunny day with a temperature of 30C (86F).  It was cool in the morning and they started the race at 11.00 am.  By midday it was pretty hot and the sun was out.  Most stages are approx 145 kms (90 miles) and take just over three hours.  On Tuesday the temperature reached 40C (104F) and it took approx 4 1/2 hours to finish that stage.

 Some of our Police Officers were riding their bikes (but not in the race of course).

Get ready!!

They rode past very quickly and mum only had her phone camera so not too many shots of them as they went by.  Darn. 

Fifty three minutes later they rode through our town again and we watch just down the road from our home.  It was noisy but we didn't even care.  Go Aussies!!

 I was a little hot and had to sit down and watch.
 Howdy Mum.

 After all the excitement, we went home for a nice cool drink.  Mum was happy cause we were so well behaved.  We aren't used to so many people and cars and different noises.  There were even helicopters flying around.  

The lady who lives just down the road from us and is about 85 said hello to us and gave me really good scratches with her little gnarly hands.  It felt so good and mum was proud that I was gentle and let her pat me.  I wanted to have a chew on the handle of her walker but mum said no.  Rats, I thought she would like a reminder of me.

Well that was our excitement for the next year hehehe.  See ya folks.

No worries, and slobbers, Rory and Stella

P.S.  Mum thought she could get me off the lounge chair (cause I'm not allowed on), by turning on the vaccum cleaner.  He hehe
I didn't even care.  Boo hoo, I had to get off anyhow.

 My sissy looking rascally as ever.

Slobbers, Rory



  1. That old police car is cool!
    Looks like a fun day! Goood job for not barking! Darwin probably wouldve been a little freaked out by all the bikes!

  2. Wow what a fun day. You looked pooped on the couch. As for me I could careless about a vaccum. MOM has to push me out of the way when she vaccums. I just lay there, "Go around me" I say.

  3. Wow, what a busy time and a lot of excitement. But what shocked me most is that your temps are so hi. Is it normal to have temps at 104?

    whew...that is really hot.

    I'd be laying on the couch with the airconditioning going...Or maybe swimming in a lake or river somewhere.

    Take care

  4. Gotta admire that never say die attitude, to be biking at all in those temps, much less biking competitively. Our favorite was the 'roo on the bike on top of one of the old cars. And the practical bush hats on the policemen. Looks like a rousing day, alright! Sounds like you did really well, Rory. We're all proud of you, and of Stella.

    Jed & Abby

  5. Yes I noticed the Tour was in your town. On the first day the Tour set off from my Grandpaws' suburb for the first time..... he didn't like all the fuss. (He's old!! BOL!) Great pics - I feel sorry for them in the heat though.

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie

  6. That parade was very exciting!!! too bad some idiot put nails and tacks on the road later. We'd love to have seen it. Bella has even stopped lunging at bikes.

    XXXoOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  7. That all looks very exciting mate! Could do with some of that 86 degrees here though. Just been out for my morning walk and it was cold enough to freeze my gnadgers off (if I had any... :-( ) Deccy x

  8. What a fun day even though it was a hot one. We love the kangaroo riding his bike on top of the car!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  9. What an exciting day!! Looks like you really had some fun!

  10. Wow, that must have been fun to watch all the riders go by. How many were there? Sorry it was so hot!

    Your pal, Pip

  11. RORY... You did an amazing job of showing us all the fun and excitement. I loved the Big ROO on the Bike.
    I think it is fangtastic that the entire TOWN got in the spirit of the race.
    I liked looking at your streets... The Street Lamps are lovely. Very Old Fashioned and Cozy lookin.
    It is super that you behaved so well. I am not surprised though.. you are such a Fine Fellow and all.
    THANK you fur takin us along. It was super fun.

  12. Sounds like a very exciting day! You'd better have a long nap!

  13. How lucky you were to get to go. We watched it on TV recorded of course. Our dad is a huge bike fan, he races mountain bikes here, he and our sister rode ride all the time also. We can imagine how much fun you had.

    The silvers and more

  14. Looks like you all had a wonderful day and some of those cars with bike riders and the one with the kangaroo riding a bike - pretty cool.
    Sounds like you were excellent at the parade and with the nice old lady petting you..
    Good job

  15. That looks like a realy fun day and I loved the Kangaroo on the bike mol. You were realy well behaved and no wonder your mum was proud. Please can we have a little of your hot weather please. I would have been out of there quick smart with the vaccum came in because I hate it.. I bet you made the old ladies day when she got to pet you.. HUgs GJ xx

  16. That looks like a super fun time! The pictures were great!

  17. Mom is might jealous! The only bike race she's seen in person is the Tour of Utah (although there were some 'big names' in it). We, on the other hand, are quite impressed with your ability to stay on the couch when the Evil Vacuum cleaner is around - we tend to head from any other room in the house when that thing is out!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  18. Wowee you folks down under sure know how to have a good time! but man o man is that hot there!! We are lucky if it has gotten above zero the past few days, very jealous of your sunshine :)

    You guys looked like you all had fun though.


  19. I am very impressed that you were so well behaved in the mayhem that surrounds a pro bike race. Was Cadel in it? He's your superstar!

    Love the photo of the vacuum NOT scaring you, Rory!

  20. Wowserz, what a race!! And teehee! I loved that kangaroo on a bicycle! ;)

    Woofs & hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  21. OMD..that looks like a very exciting BUT hot day!

    Rory you look worn out! Stella you look very cheekie!

    Big Nose Pokes
    The THugletsx

  22. Sure it was an exciting day for all of you!
    Not bothered by the mean machine???
    Wow! You are so brave!
    Happy weekend
    Kisses and hugs

  23. That was fun, thanks for taking us along!! :)

  24. How cool that you had such an awesome big event come through your little town! By the looks of it you all got lots of good socialisation :)

    We would have loved to be there geting lots of pats and smelling all the different smells!

    Stella looks so cute in the last photo :)

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

  25. hi Stella & Rory – finally got a chance to catch up on your posts! Great Mango Minister entry, by the way – those pictures of Cracker Stella had me giggling!

    And I love this post – what an exciting thing to have in your own town. And the first thing my human thought too was also "What a great socialisation opportunity!" It must have been such a great adventure for all of you!

    Honey the Great Dane

  26. Ha, ha Rory and Stella, hmm... I think that I would have liked to have had a chew on the handles. Might have increased the grip and all because everything would have been less smooth and slippery. Thanks for taking us along to see the ride and the parade.

  27. That was a totally cool bike race. Your momma seemed to think woo would act all nutty at the race.. ha. Not you guys. Nope. No sirr... there were police around.
    nice job.
    ps- your momma has interesting training techniques. i'm gonna tell my momma see it didn't work. ha.

  28. Yay, Tyler! You were such a good boy. I'm sure everyone who met you said as much. Looks like it was a wonderful bike ride to see, but I'm glad I wasn't doing that much work in that heat. It was snowing and 16F here while you were all sweltering. You can come see us and romp in the snow to cool down!

    xoxo Marjie

  29. That is pretty excting stuff to have happen right down your street! And you were so cool and collected about it...woohoo for you!

  30. That looked like a very exciting time!

  31. How fun to have all dat excitements in your town! Our mom doesn't think dat we would behave as well as all of you did...da nerve! ;)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  32. Rascally. Funny! Hey, what was this race for?? It looked like lots of fun with the parade and all.
    BabyRD & Hootie


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