Any excuse to ride is a good one, but how about helping a one-teacher school build a shade for its tennis court? Ride the 2018 Glenmorgan Trail ride, and you'll be doing exactly that.
Tammie Irons, Track Secretary of the Glenmorgan State School P&C Association takes up the story.
"Our trail ride began in 2013 and is hosted by our local school P&C," she said.
"Glenmorgan SS is a small, one-teacher school currently with 10 students, situated in the small town of Glenmorgan (approximately 160km west of Dalby). The current track is in its third year of use however, it will be run in reverse at this year’s ride - with a couple of extra bits thrown in. The ride caters for everything; hill climbs, creek riding, open riding and some timbered country.
There is a pee wee track, novice track and an open track. The course has a great reputation, especially with the pee wee track, and we try to cater for families with both quiet and rowdy camping areas, curfews at night and country catering by the Meandarra SS P&C. The town has a small shop and pub, as well as a vintage car museum! Camping is free and there are powered sites, but donations are welcomed.
"It really is a true community affair – with Glenmorgan SS being so small we have generous volunteers from around the area who help out as track sweepers and sit on hill climbs and road crossings. We have a fantastic Paramedic on site all weekend with a fully equipped van from HEST Paramedical.
"We normally average between 350-400 riders, and so we're expecting the same again this year. Money raised from the ride contributes to school resourcing for our kids, and this year we'll be focused on building a shade cover over the school tennis court.
Hope to see you all."