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We packed up in the rain at Streaky Bay on Sunday and prepared for a wet ride as we headed for Ceduna and the Nullarbor. Although the road was wet and the sky threatening most of the day we stayed relatively dry 😮
We passed through Ceduna at around 9.30am and the place was like a ghost town. Not much happens in SA on Sundays!!. We headed out across the Nullarbor in cloudy 18c weather. Check out the Nullarbor Jig >>>> http://youtu.be/CPn0vRsiTjI
The country was green and the periodic glimpses of the rugged coastline were spectacular. We overnighted at the remote Nullarbor Roadhouse with fuel topping $2.00/litre and food was also likewise expensive. It is understandable I guess given the location and the lack of alternatives. Monday saw us continue our Nullarbor ride with a clear sky and temperature ranging from 12c in the morning to 24c during the day. The views of the famed Bunda Cliffs along the Great Australian Bight were breathtaking. They run for 200 kms and are supposed to be the longest unbroken cliffs in the world. We saw a dingo on the road and on our run into our next stop at the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse we saw numerous magnificent wedgetailed eagles feeding on roadkill. We had an early 7.30am start from Cocklebiddy in a brisk 10c and foggy morning to tackle the 650k ride we planned to Esperence today. This was aided by the 1.5 extra hours we picked up as we crossed the time zone in WA. We tackled the reputedly Australias longest section of straight road (151Km) spotting a herd of camels enroute to the somewhat rundown mining town of Norseman before heading south for another 200km ride to our current home in the Bayview Motel (special seniors rate of $105/night).
So far we have covered over 5000kms. We are heading for Albany tomorrow then a two night birthday stop (Ros’s) at Margaret River.
We will check out Esperence in the morning before we head out but it look pretty nice when we wheeled in tonight. The bike is still running beautifully and is booked in for a major service when we hit Perth on Saturday for a major stopover. We found out over the last two days that there are actually four time zones in Australia. There is a timezone (previously unknown to us) known as Central Western Time which is 45 minutes behind Perth time and covers about 200km of the SA/WA border area. You learn something new everyday
Bye for now
Ros and Dick
Loading up in the rain at Streaky Bay SA. We almost backed the bike right into our room to get out of the rain as we loaded up.
Some of the 1000km + of the Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor
Nullarbor rest stop
A small part of the amazing Bunda Cliffs
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We set out from Kadina Friday morning to catch the 1.30 pm ferry across Spencer Gulf from Woolaroo to Cowell. This is a high speed vehicular ferry which cuts out a 400 km road trip via Port Augusta and Whyalla to reach the Eyre Peninsula. After having our usual problems with the lack of road signs in SA we eventually found our way to the terminal and boarded the ferry for the 2.5 hour trip arriving at our Cowell motel on the other side at around 4 pm. The weather was fine and sunny with the whole day a pleasant and easy day travelling just 84 km (on the bike).
We set off early this morning, after a quick breakfast at the Cowell Roadhouse, to ride the 160 km to Port Lincoln on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula. This is reputed to be the Seafood capital of Australia and, judging by the large numbers of huge trawlers moored in the marina, we can believe. It is obviously a very profitable town as it had an almost Gold Coast look about it with many expensive looking homes surrounding the fishing fleet. Fishing is obviously profitable in this part of the world. We then headed up the western side of the peninsula to stop tonight at Streaky Bay some 500 km after we set of this morning from Cowell. We passed Coffin Bay on the way which is also reputed to be one of the best angling spots around. We lunched at a remote and slightly sus roadhouse at a place called Sheringa which was very “hillbilly” and was missing only the banjos. The food was ok but we wasted no time in hitting the road again. It is currently raining at Streaky Bay and we may be in for a wet ride tomorrow when we set off through Ceduna across the Nullabor hopefully stopping for the night at the Nullabor Road House. Everything is still fine and we are having so much fun it is hard to stop smiling.
By for now
Ros and Dick
Waiting for the ferry in their “luxurious” departure lounge
Here it comes, at last !
Just a fraction of the Port Lincoln fishing fleet
Wonder how big their congregation is?
The Sheringa Roadhouse
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We had had two more great days of riding since leaving Mount Schank SA. Day 8 saw us travel via Mount Gambier down to the Ocean at Beachport then following the spectacular coast line passing through Robe and Kingston SE. We then headed off on the long, mostly unihabited, 144km stretch of coastline all the way past the Coorong National Park before heading inland to pick up the might Murray River at Tailem Bend, our next overnight stop. We covered a solid 400kms for the day. We headed out on day 9 (Thursday 18 April 2013) riding through the beautiful Adelaide Hills passing through Harndorf and Gawler before heading out onto the open plains heading for Wallaroo on the Spencer Gulf. We plan to bypass Port Augusta and Whyalla by taking the high speed ferry across the Gulf to Cowell on the other side. We are staying tonight at Kadina after riding 322 kms today through the maize of poorly signposted roads (but fantastic scenery) through the Adelaide Hills. We will be catching the ferry just down the road at Wallaroo at 1.30pm tomorrow so we will have an easy morning. The trip takes 2 hours so we will stop overnight tomorrow night at Cowell on the other side of the Gulf before heading off the next day (Saturday) for Port Lincoln and beyond. The bike is running beautifully and we are now well adjusted to our days in the saddle.
Bye for now
Ros and Dick
Morning tea at Beachport SA
The mighty Murray at Tailem Bend SA