Cycling on gravel roads for me on this trip has been all about finding the right line. I do not like corrugations… I suppose if I had a bike where the seat was responsive to the conditions – maybe I might find it more enjoyable.
The above photo has some good options… I say go on the right. I know it’s wrong but…
…. And they call this a re-done road. This infact is the most unpleasant surface. Sigh. Okay I know I shouldn’t complain- but trust me I said worse while cycling it.
Oh… I have one more request- if you are a driver out on one of these types of roads and you see a cyclist – please slow down. Nothing worse than giving your fellow road user a cloud of dust. lastly if anyone knows the people who own a trailer with “Tilly turtle” as it’s name – these guys get the gold star award. They stopped about 500 meters in front and waited until we past before driving again. That’s gold standard!
Technically we only had to cycle 12 km to move locations – and this is what makes it a rest day. But given we were in Marion Bay it was best to take advantage of our location and go through Innes National Park.
As we had done this park of the ride before… we knew where we were heading. We entered the park the back way… and these bikes were certainly perfect for the terrain.
As expected- the views were stunning…
The dirt roads were smooth (oh if the whole ride was like this..)…
And then the wildlife also did not disappoint…
… and the a proper road on the way back – just bliss!
I can say the south coast road is certainly worth cycling. Not much traffic. However there are corrugations – so if you can cope with that (and I know many of you can) you would enjoy being on the road with your bicycle.
We attempted to leave early today knowing there would be a head wind… at least it was 30+ minutes earlier than yesterday. Started off with a nice tootle along Port Moorowie.
Ironically enough we took Greenhill Road… and there was slightly less traffic at the same time of the day as there is back in Adelaide.
.. there were also less corrugated roads – so another bonus for the day! although I do tend to drift to wherever there is a clean line and less bumps. There some elements which are frustrating… due to too many small stone being on the road.
As you can see by the photos the weather was really outstanding- apart from the wind. I know, and understand the reason for head winds, but if I can avoid them on the bike that would be great. At times the wind was so strong we were only going a few km’s per hr. When it’s like that you really doubt how long it’s going to take to reach the destination.
… but as long as there is an ice cream waiting for me I guess it’s worth it!
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!
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!
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.
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.
For today’s reccey we drove to Port Vincent from Wallaroo. After your typical fish & chips lunch and the obligatory walk on the jetty (by heck its cold out here) we cycled off towards Point Pearce.
From the jetty there is no sign we could locate to where the walk the Yorke trail continues. Although truth be told.. there are not many options. We went down a little path near the foreshore which needed up in front of a number of holiday shacks at the local caravan park. Be where if you take this path you end up walking up stairs – which we did.. but there are not on many.
The path to start off is bitumen.. but don’t let this give you a false sense of security about the rest of the ride. The path takes you along the foreshore with picturesque views out to sea. The path directional signage takes you on to a rocky path.. but as a bonus we managed to see 5 pelicans.
After a few turns the trail takes us inland through the Nharangga Aboriginal Lands and Point Pearce. As we were cycling along we saw a large number of holes in the ground. Based on the signage the area is home to the Southern Hairy-nose wombat. Unfortunately we did not see any – just lots of evidence of them being in the area.
The direction we cycled was into the wind. If you have ever cycled into the wind on a sandy rocky track you can imagine how slow the ride actually was. If you had a mountain bike it might of been better for the conditions – but not much. Along the way there are seats and signage about the area. I must admit they look a little like you are waiting for a bus… but I know one is never going to come. As we were cycling there was the fence to our right and lots of shrubby plants on the left. It was so peaceful, with no other sounds apart from birds… oh and us on bikes.
Despite the wind we made it to the mid-way point, and saw clouds get darker, and decided it was time to head back. Unsurprisingly the cycle back to the turn off was only 20-25 minutes as we had a tail wind nearly 1/3 of the time!