Well, as predicted in the preamble of yesterday’s post, several red wine induced typos crept in. The region we were heading through today is, indeed the SA Riverland region NOT the Riverina which we all, of course know is in NSW (which we are not!..yet anyway).
Just as a reminder, here is our trip program which we have stuck too pretty well and are now well on our way back with just three travelling days left. It is a bit hard to fiddle with the graphics but we are now about 1,000kms from home at the red balloon immediately to the right of Adelaide which is a little burg called Ouyen in Victoria.
This morning we left Burra at a comfortable 8am in a brisk sunny country morning of 10c . The temperature soon climbed up to 15c as we enjoyed the open saltbush country en-route to a small town called Morgan. Along the way we passed the turn-off to a place called World’s End. We must return sometime and check it out. This country is said to generate the famed (and very expensive) Saltbush lamb. The sheep are said to feed on the saltbush imparting a unique flavour to the meat. (Sounds like a bit of smart marketing to me!)
A little further along the road we came to a sign requiring we deposit any fruit we were carrying as we were entering the restricted Riverland irrigation area. Rather than throw away some perfectly good apples and grapes we elected to eat them on the spot, roadside.
We stopped briefly at Morgan then headed along the Murray River to cross via a ferry at a little place called Walkerie.
The landscape predictably changed to Riverland irrigated vineyards and assorted fruit orchards. It was quite incongruous to see seemingly barren and unused land interspersed with the lush irrigated areas clearly demonstrating there are the ” haves” and ” have-nots” in water rights ownership.
We reached the prosperous town of Loxton in the middle of the Riverland region where we wheeled in for our now customary coffee break. We were also able to pick up some basic supplies to enable us to self cater tonight using the Motel BBQ facilities.
After leave Loxton we headed for Pinnaroo near the SA/Vic Border for our lunch stop. The countryside very quickly left the lush irrigated river area behind in favour of endless open wheat fields stretching across open undulating country. Boy, we sure do grow a lot of wheat in this country.
After a pleasant roadside lunch we set off for the last 100 k’s or so to our overnight destination of Ouyen crossing the SA/Vic border in the process and relinquishing the final 30 minutes in time we had picked up on the way over. We are now back on EDST, and, hooray, the clock on our bike is again showing the correct time!
We made it into Ouyen under a clear blue sky with the temperature at a comfortable 23c at around 4.30pm local time after our 454km run for the day. Yours truly was elected to do the “beer and wine run” into town to stock up for our customary happy hour and to lubricated our self cooked dinner on the BBQ.
Tomorrow we start to head north through Balranald and Hay crossing back into NSW at a little place called Tooleybuc headed for our overnight stop at Narrandera.
Total distance for the trip so far is now up to 8,904 kms
Bye for now