I've been waiting for the extension of the southern rail line to Seaford to be opened for some time. as luck would have it, it opened a couple of weeks ago and Gorge road was closed so my route to Murray Bridge was pretty much dictated by the SA government transport authorities. I bought my railway ticket at just after 09.00 which meant it cost me only $3.10 to transport myself and bike to Seaford. I was fortunate that I travelled and one of the few new electric trains and I have to say they are a huge improvement on the old ones.
The ride to Seaford takes just under the hour with many stops at places I've never heard of before. Soon I was on route to Mc:Laren Vale via the coast to vines trail, coming toward me I saw the group of vets that were often at Koffee & Snax back in the old original Muddies days, just a quick wave, not sure if they even recognised me. Hardly any distance at all really but it was over 3 hours since my bowl of cornflakes so I had to stop at Koffee and Snax for a toasted cheese and tomato sandwhich and a FU coffee served by a very pretty young lady with a distinctive Euro accent.
And so it was off to Kangarilla, as is the norm this where had my navigational dilemma for the day. I had 4 options, options 1 & 2 were fairly easy to eliminate i.e. I wasn't going to take Victor Harbour Road or Old Willunga Hill. Option 3 according to Sat Nav was to take Blewitt Springs Road but logic suggested I should take Kangarilla Road because it was Kangarilla that I wanted to get to. I took option logical, a pleasant enough ride with minimal traffic. From here on I was on familiar ground, on to Meadows then the steady climb out of Meadows followed by that fantastic undulating and fast 15kms through Paris Creek to Strath.
Another short rest stop in Strath for a Chicken Burger and a home made iced coffee (without the cream). It had been my intention to decide in Strath which route to take to Murray Bridge. Callington and Monarto is the shortest but has slightly more climbing, has the least interesting scenery and from Callington to Murray Bridge tends to have a lot of heavy traffic, Woolworths semis in particular. The alternative is Langhorne Creek and then up to MB via Brinkley or Jervois. The road to Langhorne Creek is quite nice but can get a bit breezy, today was no exception for the breeze which at times was quite strong but it was a cross wind blowing from right to left. So Langhorne Creek here I come, after refilling my bidons I was off again, time was getting on so I decided to take the Brinkley road up to MB. Best decision of the day, that cross wind had picked up and was now a strong tail wind which saw me zooming along between 30 and 40 kms at times even up hill.
I will take this route again but start earlier next time so I can take the Jervois option, it's a funny weird road with some strange habitats on the way.
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