Eighty not out

Jack Corry before a race.

Keep on keeping on: Jack Corry is preparing for a 2,500 km ride to finish on his 80th birthday

datory process.   Age…Is a matter of feeling, not of years.  Think for a moment “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” “Age is not a matter of the physical condition of the body; it is more a matter of the condition of the mind.”

When you delight in doing something, age does not seem to weary us albeit we may slow down some or some could say we have reached a maturity that we are far more deliberated in doing what we delight in doing.  About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age. The old adage if you don’t use it you will, lose it seems to hold true when it comes to the exercise of the mind body soul and spirit. The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all.

1947 seems such a long time ago and a time well before a lot of our readers’, that at the age of 16 Jack Corry started racing cycles and has virtually raced since these first day right up until these present days. The records reveal only a few weeks ago Jack won a race at the Central Victorian Veterans Cycling Club Inc maintaining his place in the history books as a gentleman and a humble but wiry competitor. If you are quick with the math’s you may have worked it out that Jack will be turning 80 years old, this year, in fact his birthday is very close being the 30th March. What would be the desire of any 79 year old in wanting to undertake prior to his 80th Birthday? Of course you guessed it! It would have to be getting on your bike and riding some 2260klm’s to visit family and friends.  Jack may well had in his mind – “The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity.” Back in 1996 at 65 years of age, Jack rode some 2500 klms in 15 days from McKay Queensland to Newbridge Victoria taking a detour of some 280 klm’s to catch up some relatives while on the road. To complete the full loop Jack is riding from Newbridge back to McKay God willing and the road being opened after the Queensland floods. In the words of Jack when approached about writing an article “I don’t want any fuss it’s just a few weeks on the bike and does not need being made something it’s not.” “He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.” ~ Plato. This time round Jack is doing the ride in grand style. A new bike set up by his grandson Evan Corry of Corry Cycles McKay Queensland with front and rear panniers a new tent and all the mod-cons you could expect. Some years back Jack had a knee operation that left his right knee flexibility much shorter and to overcome this has been riding odd sizes cranks when he races (the right 150mm and 175 on the left hand side) On the epic ride Jack has decided not to risk the knee getting sore and getting inflamed to ride 125mm on the right and the normal 175mm on the left and has targeted a average speed of around 18-20 klm’s making an 8 hour day on the road of around 140 -160 klm’s all going well with the wind direction. “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” ~ Henry David Thoreau. Jack has mapped out the route which is open to change. Newbridge, Kyabram, Numurka Yarrawonga, into NSW. Jerilderie, Bunoure, Narrandera, Mirool, to West Wyalong, Forbes, Dubbo, Coonabarabran past a few more towns to Goondiwindi and then by car to Brisbane to catch up with family for a couple of days and then onto the Bruce Highway to continue the ride. Next Sirpy Downs, Maryborough, Gin Gin then up to Rockhampton almost there passing through Marlborough Carmilla and arriving at McKay hopefully prior to his 80th birthday celebration. “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle – “Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.”
Looking forward to seeing you on the road soon God willing

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