Ride to help battle the black dog

MOTORBIKE REARVIEW: Linda Bick is ready to ride off into the sunset with the 2013 Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre.
MOTORBIKE REARVIEW: Linda Bick is ready to ride off into the sunset with the 2013 Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre.

PORT Lincoln motorcycle enthusiast Linda Bick is getting ready to take on the desert in the 2013 Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre.

The ride from Adelaide to Alice Springs will run from August 17 to 23, riding through sites on Eyre Peninsula including Cowell, Port Lincoln, Wudinna and Kimba.

Along the way participants will raise funds for mental health organisations while also raising awareness about depression and suicide.

Ms Bick will join in the ride after it reaches Port Lincoln on August 19.

Her own battle with the "black dog" is what inspired her to get involved.

"I've had depression a couple of times in my life, so I'm keen to take part in anything that helps," she said.

"I've been thinking of doing something similar myself in a different capacity."

Some people will just be doing day rides, but Ms Bick will go all the way to Alice Springs and hopes to make it back at a more leisurely pace along the Oodnadatta Track.

The Port Lincoln Men's Shed has been helping her get her motorbike up to scratch, including installing a lever so she can pull it up if needed.

Black Dog Ride South Australian coordinator Paul Whittenbury said Ms Bick would be accompanied by 11 other local entrants.

"This year we have purposely chosen a new route to reach areas that have not been involved in the Black Dog Ride before," he said.

"SA has many alternative routes to get to Port Augusta in four days, so we thought this year we would go west and meet up with the WA riders earlier.

"As a result, we've picked up 12 entrants from the Eyre Peninsula area.

"They will make up a quarter of the group riding all the way to Alice Springs."

The new route passes through Strathalbyn, Nuriootpa, Renmark, Peterborough, Port Lincoln, and Wudinna before meeting the other states at Port Augusta.

From Port Augusta, all states ride together to Coober Pedy and then Alice Springs.

Possibly as a result of the route change, the SA group will be the largest yet, with 77 riders entered so far and 45 riders going all the way to Alice Springs.

The Black Dog Ride - Team SA will hold a dinner at the Boston Hotel on Monday, August 19 from 6pm, with the public welcome to join in and talk to the team; book for dinner with the hotel.

Ms Bick is organising live music from the Cellar Folk Club for the night.