Third day on the bike is always the hardest…

After years of bike touring I know this to be true. You realise you are on the seat for a number of hours.. and you haven’t quite adjusted to the pace. This is how I felt today – but the weather certainly made me feel better.

Just look at the road.. it was like this for the majority of the day

But despite the corrugated roads… of which there were many (seemed never ending) it was good. I made it up this hill without stopping… not that you expected anything less from me.

As you can see there certainly was not many people around. But on the ride we did manage to meet another cyclist on the road who was in an ebike. Brian was cycling from Edithburgh to the lighthouse and return. He stayed with us for a bit and we chatted about bikes and past rides. always good to meet a fellow cyclist on the road!

The cyclist route separated from the walking route… and rejoined for shelter, and it was where we ate lunch early afternoon…

Thankfully.. after this we had about 8+km to go… but it felt longer with all the corrugations! Apologies to my ride companions for the complaints today – here’s to a better ride tomorrow!

Day 3 – Edithburgh to Port Moorowie

This is where cosmopolitan Yorke Peninsula ends and the rugged south starts. There were two public toilets en-route – but under construction much to the dismay of my fellow cyclists.

We planned to deviate from the Walk the Yorke cycle route at a couple of spots because despite the intentions of the Yorke Peninsula Council for all intents and purposes these sections are unpassable for most cyclists. The path from Sultana Point to Heel Road and the path along “Diamond Lake Road”. We took road route alternatives, which are on our GPX files.

Having said all that, we even deviated from our own GPX so we could check out the wind farm visitor centre.

Wind farm.

This is one of my favourite parts of the tour. It is very exposed and very beautiful coastline supervised by the modern 1980 brick Troubridge Point lighthouse. Along this segment we met Brian who rode with us for while – even though his extra electric horse power meant he had to cycle very slowly to keep up with us.

Riding around the lighthouse

Not only are there no toilets but there are no places to eat lunch. So we brought our own supplies of snacks and had lunch at a delightful shelter between Troubridge Lighthouse and Port Moorowie as recommended by Brian. Vivienne’s Anzac biscuits are the best.

Hopefully Helen can find a photo of our lunch spot and post it tonight!!

Vivienne at the end of the ride.

Tomorrow will be a big adventure – roughly 45 kilometres along a route we have never ridden or driven. What could go wrong. Today’s GPX can be downloaded from Strava – Day 4 – Port Moorowie to Hillocks Drive

How long is it again…?

The day started with a good outlook…

Certainly perfect for cycling. One of the usual topics on any multi-day ride is.. ‘how long is the ride?’ Doesn’t matter how much prep.. question is the same. But in reality it doesn’t matter as you always just keep pedalling. The Walk the Yorke is a little like that.. the path right around the peninsula can be a little rough.

Sometimes it also just stops… and the path does not exist.

… but you just keep going.

Depending on who you ask (there are only three of us) each one at the end had a different… 47… 50 something or if you ask me 60.81!

Day 2 – Port Vincent to Edithburgh

This is undoubtedly this most cosmopolitan part of the Southern Yorke Peninsula Tour. We start at Port Vincent and visit the towns of Stansbury, Wool Bay, Coobowie and Edithburgh.

The morning segment of the ride did have some lovely cliff top views, but also involved some riding along the Highway. Fortunately only a very small part of it was on the Highway. Other parts were on a gravel track next to the highway,

The morning segment finished at Stansbury where we ate at the excellent Dalrymple Hotel. I would highly recommend a stop here.

The PM part of the ride involved a ride on good quality dirt roads that connect to the Klein Point mine, good quality bitumen into Wools Bay and next to Port Giles. You can ride on the track next to the road near Port Giles it is a bit hit and miss. The road seems to be pretty quiet. But this wouldn’t be guaranteed during harvest.

Panorama of Port Giles

If you need some retail therapy there is Barachel Alpacas.

The final part from Coobowie to Edithburgh is nice off-road path through the scrub with good views across to Port Giles. We arrived in time still with the sun on our side.

On the way into Edithburgh

The GPX file for this route is available from Strava – Day 2 – Port Vincent to Edithburgh.

Weather…

It started off well. The sky was heavy with cloud. Then it rained.

The photos are pretty deceptive.

Thankfully before lunch it didn’t rain for very long. It really wasn’t a long ride to lunch… but who is counting?

In preparing for the ride we have been to this coffee shop in Ardrossan a few times… and it’s pretty good. After lunch Vivienne and I push on to Rogues Point. As you might of expected it rained… that annoying light type of rain which is damp enough to annoy you but not too heavy.

Last year we had done this part of the ride a couple of times… clearly we had not gone far enough given the amount of sand we had to walk through!!

Nice view… but yes this part is better walking than cycling- not that you could if you wanted!

While it was a short ride – certainly a great start. Tomorrow… is going to be a longer day – let’s hope the weather is better.

Day 1 – Southern Yorke Peninsula Tour

This tour is planned as a weeklong tour from Port Vincent to Point Turton on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. While we have ridden Brompton’s on the Yorke Peninsula this time we opted for bikes more suited to corrugated gravel.

The first day is a “transition day”. We left Adelaide at 9:00am and enjoyed the North-South Motorway – especially the bit between the T2T and the “Superway”.

The first ride was the prologue – not really part of the tour, but fun nonetheless partly because it starts at Tiddy Widdy Beach and ends at Rogues Point and partly because Ardrossan is a nice part of the world. It was only around 15km.

Ardrossan from near the town jetty

Given the short prologue, we were meant to do a second ride in the afternoon from Port Vincent – a loop ride through the golf course! But it was wet, so instead we just tootled around town. Luckily getting to see some sea-lions (or seals?) at the marina.

There are sea-lions over there.

Tonight we are staying at Port Vincent and have just eaten garfish and chips at the famous Port Vincent Kiosk. We were hoping for the world’s best pineapple fritters – but circumstances conspired against us – like many things these days – there appears to be a shortage of slice pineapple rings!

The GPX files are available from Strava:

Breakfast ride…

Cycling is always a good start to the day – so we decided to cycle to breakfast.

Cycling from Wallaroo to Kadina is a mere 8km. The route is simple – as it is along the old rail trail. The benefit of this means the route is largely flat – and easy to find.

AS you can see but he photo the path is pretty wide and good enough for gophers. Just take a closer look at the symbols on the signed post.

There are a few times you have to cross roads – but the sight lines are really good, and there is not much traffic. Along the rail trail there are a number of historical signs, and shelters and seats. The scenery surrounding the ride was farms, run-down buildings, fields.

The weather for the ride was pretty good – as you can tell by the photos it was a perfect morning.

Getting to Kadina is easy.. and getting to the centre of town when you reach the end of the trail is even easier by the large sign which tells you “town centre”. Following the road takes you to the centre of town and the array of small shops and historical buildings.

Thankfully we easily found our breakfast spot – corner of Hallet Street and Taylor Street. Just perfect!

Our early morning ride was just over 18km.

While the purpose of our trip was to scout the “walk the Yorke” this was a simple little rail trail which was worth the diversion.

Bakery review…

Bakeries in Australia are fabulous. I may be a world traveller – but based on experience they certainly are at the top of my list.

So far we have visited two… the Ardrossan Bakery and the Maitland Bakery.

The Ardrossan Bakery is easy to locate – as it is I in the Main Street. There are a few seats outside, and over the road there are a couple of park benches under the Norfolk pines which are down the Main Street.

We had pasties, sausage rolls, chocolate doughnut and apricot turnover and sat outside given the weather was delightful. While I generally prefer tomatoe sauce put in the centre of the pastie with a squeezey bottle the usual presentation is the sauce in the takeaway packet you squeeze together and put over your food. Pastie was great, as was the apricot turnover. For me the doughnut was a little more cake-y than I prefer. I’m generally not a fan of large amounts of cream – but the apricot turnover was fabulous – and a real highlight. Not too sweet… just perfect. If you are in the neighbourhood – I recommend it!

The second bakery we visited was in Maitland.

It was late afternoon… and they were about to close for the day. We had just completed a cycle from Port Vincent to Point Pearce and back. The wind had taken a lot of energy out of us – what there was nothing better than a bakery product Again, I tried the apricot turn over and it was pretty good as it was eaten very quickly. You do have the option to eat inside as there are the usual few tables and you can also get a tea or a coffee

Both places are worth visiting if you are on the road and searching for a quick hunger fix.