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  1. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    👍 Thanks very much 🍻
  2. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    Thank you for the kind words. I've always tried to spend some money when I'm travelling in rural areas. Running any small business out there can't be easy, and if you don't support, them don't count on them being there next time. One of the great things about cycling that I didn't mention, is...
  3. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    That dry river bank I camped on the second night, was probably a raging torrent the last few days. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-19/record-rain-has-sa-outback-stations-rejoicing/12681156 Merna Morna Station was the station directly across the highway from there. It’s worth watching the...
  4. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    Hilltown was exactly the sort of place that could feature in a Stephen King book. I presume this road I was on was once the main road north from Clare. With that now being the bitumen highway 5km to the west, that left this place really just to the few remaining residents. I like finding places...
  5. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    I slept well. Although with the big ride yesterday, now both knees were playing up. No worries, I had maybe another night wild camping, depending what I found today. I had arranged for No 1 girlfriend to pick me up from the town of Clare, in the Clare Valley. I would get there no problem...
  6. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    The 'Heritage Rail Trail' could be called other, less kindly names. As all these towns once had more importance and trade than they do now. However that whiff of decay makes them interesting in their own right nowadays too. I had been to all of them except Gladstone, as it sits back off the...
  7. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    Laura is a town I've been through on many occasions. However I have never spent any time there, so with a few hours this afternoon off the bike, it was good to have a wander around. First, set up camp at the community campsite. That green stuff was nice. Meet the locals. You do find some...
  8. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    Good to hear! Thanks 🍻
  9. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    Possibly. I left home on the 29th of August. Although if you were in the OKA, I would have remembered if I had seen you :)
  10. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    Thank you. Final part coming up!
  11. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    I booked into the campsite and joined all the MTB'ers in the unpowered section over the creek. Last time we were here we were lording it up with the 4x4 campers on the powered site grass. Plenty of kids riding their bikes around the trails. I didn't know it at the time but the 18 hours of...
  12. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    An easy ride due south of Quorn today, through the small town of Wilmington, then onto Melrose. A couple of maps for reference. No blistering headwind today. The weather back to SA's signature clear blue skies, crisp air and sunshine. A nice gentle climb helped warm me up, a quick breather...
  13. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    Australian I guess. Although I had to tell them to take the avocado off, and put some beans on... No fried bread, so can't be English :)
  14. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    I was glad to hit the bitumen, I hadn't been able to shed the lactic acid out of my legs all day, with the extra effort expended in the wind this morning, that was coming home to roost now. At the top of a big climb I realised I had missed the turn off for the Mawson Trail, it bothered me...
  15. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    Bit dusty though... I wiped it down as best I could. It was still pretty windy, and despite my general direction being heading south, the trail today headed in mostly northerly directions this morning, into the wind. I'm not sure what population Craddock was at its height, however it has...
  16. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    The trail only follows the road for a while and then heads into the bush again. Which takes you past this tomb. It contained (I presume) whatever is left of Douglas Bruce, who died of the effects of having his horse fall on him in 1875, nasty. As I said, don't crash. The trail winds around...
  17. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    Another fine, if chilly morning greeted me at the start of Day 3. I packed up camp and had Pho soup for breakfast, as you do. As I rode on through the station I got to a junction with a sign to 'Jaspers Rocks'. I could see roughly where the rocks would be, it was probably a 20-30 min climb to...
  18. Rufant

    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

    I set up camp and cooked dinner. My standard backpack/bikepack meal is this: Macaroni - because it cooks quickly, in less water than other pasta. Tin of tuna in oil Half an onion (optional) Sundried tomato pesto That terrible grated, 'parmesan cheese' Chop the onion (on a book! - the...
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