Had an interesting day yesterday. Started out lunching at The Stirling Pub with some Geologist buddies and as is always the case lunch turned into dinner into an all day session.
About 5.30 I glanced outside the pub and noticed a bloke with a touring bike asking someone for directions. I popped outside and the guy turned out to be hopelessly lost having just come off the freeway from Murray Bridge. Yep he'd ridden all the way from Murray Bridge to Stirling on the freeway but didnt quite make it any further courtesy of the local constabulary who booked him and presented him with a $108 fine.
Anyway Adam is the guys name and he's ridden all the way from Woollangong to Adelaide. He crashed at my house last night and tomorrow he's heading back to Wollangong via The Barossa so look out for him on the road...he's on a very heavily laden Masi(?) converted fixed wheeler. Hes got a huge yellow bag sitting on the carrier of the bike.
Department for Transport's Community Programs section are currently updating the Cycling and Walking Maps. Heather asked if a cycling route map of the Adelaide Hills could be produced for touring cyclists, after police fined a tourist $108 (rather than a caution) for cycling on the SE Freeway. The free maps could be available at service stations in the area.
Nice work thanks Heather
he should set the freeway up as a strava segment
In Sep-2011 I considered cycling south out of Brisbane to country NSW, then returning on another road to Brisbane. But when camping no easy access to electricity for recharging. And fancy bicycle computers with GPS and mapping chew through the batteries. So Strava impractical for touring cyclists.
It does strike me as a bit odd that immeadiately before the slip road onto the freeway at Murray Bridge there is a substancial sign directing cyclists to Adelaide via the Old Princess Highway and on the slip road an even bigger sign forbidding cyclists to ride on the freeway. Had he got any further before the police picked him up he would have been picked up by the Heyson Tunnels cameras. A little unfair in my opinion to find fault with the police in doing their job and ultimately preventing him from finding himself on a stretch of road that would be very dangerous.
It does seem strange to set off on a tour of several thousand kilometres without a reasonable map.
I hope he has an enjoyable and safe journey.
How much stuff can one pack on a bike? A rhetorical question.
Adam was using his iPhone for navigation. I gave him a wad of maps for getting from Stirling to the city and Barossa Valley so he should be ok
You did pretty well....most people would have used a bicycle :)
We used to make bikes from the old bottle caps, but napkins?? that's some Origami!