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  1. Rufant

    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    Finally I pop back out to the pine plantations. Phew! That was intense. These tyres had literally 50km of road riding on them before this trip. They certainly had their work cut out - that seems like a lot of wear for 3-400km of riding. Back to the easy plantation roads. I pick up the...
  2. Rufant

    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    I'm up for sunrise. Bent and loose... I'm packed and on the bike in quick time. Good chance I can ride home today. Pretty views through the pine trees on the way out. It is cold in here though. I've got 2 x long fingered gloves on. Having long since learned that is the solution to stop...
  3. Rufant

    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    The dirt roads were easy riding, with only the odd challenging section to navigate. Through the village of Dutton and then more back roads to the small town of Truro for lunch. Past this substantial and substantially dilapidated house. Truro is a busy little spot, sitting on a main...
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    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    Part 3. Come the morning my 'drying cloth' got another good work out. To dry the outside (sprinkler system) and inside (condensation) of the tent flysheet. A random microfibre cloth was something I chucked in at the last minute on my last trip, yet one of those item I used nearly everyday...
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    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    I've heard the Montane stuff is very good, the Mardales are new to me though. I got my Buffalo Special 6 Shirt in 1999 too! Other jackets have come and gone but it is still my go to. I recently bought another one which took several months due to the situation in the UK. Whereabouts in NSW are...
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    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    A few km down the bitumen I came across this familiar striking Lutheran church. I've been this way many times before, on my way to or from some northern adventure. The beauty of being on the bike is you notice and stop at things that otherwise might pass you by. So a few km later I had a...
  7. Rufant

    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    South Australia is clearly mostly a dry environment. however, as you can see from the dry river beds, when the rain comes, it really comes. I passed many ruins. As one farm gobbles up another throughout history. Some of them look like you could do a bit of DIY and basically move in...
  8. Rufant

    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    I was bracing myself for the expected effort that was going to be required to get through the range this morning. I hauled the kit up a steep incline to head back into the hills. More pretty cobwebs. Just over the brow of the hill was the first of many stiles to climb over - which mean...
  9. Rufant

    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    Part 2. A couple of photos from my packing before the trip. Safe to say the gear side of things is still an evolution for me. This is only my second multi-night trip, and whilst I did learn some things from the first trip, it is most definitely still a work in progress. No/low carb food...
  10. Rufant

    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    So I followed the Heysen till a junction where the walking trail headed back off into the range, up a steep incline. Now, I was very conscious of how badly I had over exerted myself on Day 1 last time. So I decided to give up on crossing the range today and get to somewhere to camp. I didn't...
  11. Rufant

    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    Good, 'cos the hills were coming at me. At the crest I got an idea of what I was dealing with. Looks like nothing from the outside, right? Properly barren and remote in the middle. Just like the Flinders Ranges (which of course this is what this range eventually becomes). Buckle up...
  12. Rufant

    Bikepacking Through Little Germany (Australia)

    This is a trip report from a four day solo bikepacking adventure through South Australia. Starting at the country town of Burra, in the Mid North of the state, back to my home town of Adelaide. The long way. First a quick introduction. My name is Anthony, I've been back riding bikes just under...
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    7 Days Bikepacking Through South Australia

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  14. 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...
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    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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
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