Probably a weird title for a discussion, I will explain why.
I haven't ridden along the Coast to Vines trail for a while and had set a slow ride up meant for parents with kids (and true beginner adults) using this track.
Thinking that I was aware of the required path to keep kids safe I was informed that we would need to detour along Seaford Road to the back of Seaford shopping centre and then along to Griffiths Road. As road cyclists this wouldn't pose a massive problem as the road works for the new train line slow the traffic down on what is a moderately busy road. As a shared path user, the situation is a bit of schmozzle! If you are riding with kids along the shared path on Seaford Road you will need to cross that road three times in the space of around a kilometer, across areas of varying quality, from paved path to loose and very channelled gravel. Not a pleasant experience and one that put me off of doing this route again. The next Rag Tag Trailer ride will start from Willunga!
So why am I apologising to James? I have known James for 25 years or so and have bumped into him at various times in my life. The latest being at the tour village at the TDU this year. He exclaimed at the poor state of the Coast to Vines, especially through Seaford and stated that it had been safer to ride via South and Victor Harbour Roads to McLaren Vale. I know that I looked at him a bit weird on the day and tried to defend the path to some extent, but now I know why! All I can say is that I hope that the path is fixed well when the train line works are finally finished.
Oh yeah, and, sorry James!
No need to apologise.
When I checked it out in January it was more suitable for a mountain bike then for a road once you got past majors road.
It’s actually disappointing that they have let such a nice course go so badly and spent so little effort on up keep.
The real concern is that now that they have created all these other shared pathways are they going to let them go as well?
By the way I am coming down to see the family in April (driving down on the 19/20 and back on the 29/30). Any suggessions on where to take the kids for a roll around. Would be good to catch up as well.
Doing a ride on 21st April, http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/events/the-rag-tag-trailer-ride-an-...
Set up for kids, is down at Willunga as a start though (goes to McLaren Vale).
You are more than welcome to bring the family down mate!
My son is only 5 and not really up to doing a long ride under his own power yet. I was thinking more of a park which he can ride around in.
Plus the wife does not ride and I have no way of towing my daughter around (19 months)