Strathalbyn to Adelaide 55 km
This has to be the most pretty section of road I have ridden so far in Australia. Perhaps because it seemed so familiar. Beautiful green farms, stretched along windy country roads, with hills.... The only difference to so many parts of NZ was the gum trees, and the birds.
Yep, it was uphill, for what seemed at least 40km of the 55km. But that was a really pleasant change from the straights I've been enduring lately. And climbing a hill at 5kph doesn't make for too much speed across the ground....but with only half yesterday's distance to go, I was not in a hurry.
Only trouble was, although we started in the sunshine, with a huge rainbow in the west....that's the way I was heading....and it was very cold and very wet. By the time I got to Adelaide, my hands were wrinkled sponges, and frozen. It's not a problem when you are biking, but stop for a rest......and you get cold very quick.
So the road I rode, was the old main road to Adelaide, superceded by freeway, so almost zero traffic, until about 15km out of the city. Lovely little towns, with old stone buildings, and quaint General Stores.
I didn't stop because I was too wet and cold, and didn't take photos for the same reason. But by just South of Stirling, I needed food, so pulled into a supermarket, bought two fresh bread rolls, a banana, and a bottle of fizz. Sat on the footpath outside the supermarket, out of the wind and rain, and scoffed. To be fair, I probably looked a bit rough, but not one, that's right, not one, of the twenty or so people I said good morning to, answered me.....In fact most averted their eyes and ignored me....hmmmm. Then one ol dear, cut me off as we tried to get out of the car park......I think I'm invisible......
Not long past the supermarket, I came to the Freeway on ramp. Peter, Kate and I had been doing a bit of research on this the other day, so I knew there was a route...but I needed to consult my GPS. It lead me up Big Blimming Hill. I'm sure there must be another route, but I was committed. I have to be honest.....for the first time in a VERY long time, I had to get off and push. The road was very narrow, and I was a little worried about 2kph wobble, but I couldn't manage...and I experienced just how heavy my rig really is.....HEAVY.
A short navigation under the Freeway and I was on the cycle track into Adelaide. Parts of it the old road from pre Freeway, other parts are purpose built......but what ever, other than not being able to see through the mist, it was all downhill, and totally traffic free, for almost 10km...beautiful...sorta like cycling down the Gorge heading into Wellington, with no traffic.
Portrush Road was downhill as well. Hardly peddled, and safely dodged all the traffic, to arrive at Dipak's house,(The unofficial Nepali consulate) for a very welcome hot shower.
Four days off the bike, talking to Media, Rotary and Lions Clubs, and hopefully doing some good stuff for Canteen & Prostate Cancer Foundation, and resting the body........