Salt Creek to Meningie 60 km
Dear Dr John, Today, for the first time since the wind farm, it has been very windy from behind. I've had a lot of rapid, smooth movement. My question is, could this be the first sign of a reaction to being near a wind farm, or is it just the Chicken Kiev and broccolli we ate for dinner last Night? Slightly Concerned.
Rained heavily over night, but at times the full moon shone through the fabric of the tent. I was camped close to the road but slept for at least 11 hours. That's what 80 plus km does for you. And then, this morning.....a tail wind. Never have 60 km gone so fast. We even had some undulations in the road, so the average speed went from 18 kph to 25kph...nice.
Got to Meningie much too early, so found the library, (at the Area School) and caught up with emails.....and after several attempts got to talk to Ju on Skype. Had to vacuum up a mess of dirt off my shoes I left in the library....at least I wasn't kicked out, and headed out to Peter and Jess's. The wind was now in my face.....and very cold.
A wonderful welcome, and a magnificent hot shower were the start of an entertaining afternoon and evening. Peter, a retired farmer, is a Lion, and President of the local Museum committee.
I had a private tour of the town and the magnificent museum. Also saw another kangaroo, Ibis, and Pelicans, loadsa pukeko, which are called swamp hens here, and lots of the projects that the Lions are doing. For a club of only about 13 they are extremely active.
Peter had all sorts of tales to share. The one about the guy who robbed folk, and then escaped through the sandhills on an ostrich was pretty cool. Apparently this guy disappeared, after being shot, with a million dollars worth of jewelry....Still to be found somewhere in the Coorong NP.
Miningie sits on the edge of Albert Lake. The lake is freshwater, and the depth depends on the flow of the mighty Murray River. Not so long ago, in a 3 year drought, the lake all but dried up. Several Dairy farms went bust.....no water, no feed, no milk.... The lake is very shallow, and if the wind blows hard from any direction, the depth can change, as the water gets blown to the other end of the lake.
The museum is amazing. So much stuff....loads a old tractors, all working, and so many things that I remember using as a kid......I must be old. Would take a couple of days to have a really good look around. I know my mate Carl would love to get a chance to tinker with the tractors.
Peter has just been awarded a State Person of the Year certificate. An amazing man. Also met daughter Karen and four year old William. Thank you all for the generous hospitality at such short notice. Your generosity is what makes my trip so amazing.
1061km cycled since Hanmer Springs. That should be worth a couple of dollars donation to CanTeen or Prostate Cancer Foundation. Two days to Adelaide. 42,000km to get home. 879 days to do it.