Totally off-topic. On Sunday morning I got an SMS from a friend who runs the Lilydale airport who was trapped in Cairns, ironically, by floods. He wanted photos of the Yarra Valley fires. Ok, we can do it. You can see our photos here. His family live in the Christmas Hills and we were very relieved to see that they were safe, albeit quite shaken up by the experience.
Many of us have ridden around the Yarra Valley for training and racing, as well as Kinglake and Marysville. It goes without saying that the people who live in these two places that have been essentially wiped off the map have all of our sympathy and support. aboc is donating to the Salvos, but there's more that we can do. While these towns rebuild we can make them regular destinations for rides and always stop at the local shops and help them return to normal by being good customers.