Just how many ways are there to Murray Bridge

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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Comment by Roger ... on March 10, 2014 at 20:10

must have been strange getting to Koffee & Snax with fresh legs

Comment by Clive Palfrey on March 10, 2014 at 20:15

I'm going over to MB in a fortnight and thinking of riding all the way (early start) via the Veloway etc. Then riding back on the Sunday via Palmer, Birdwood, Gorge Road. Haven't done the Palmer up hill yet. Subject to fine weather. 

Comment by Sam S on March 10, 2014 at 20:50

nice one! i might try that route next time i ride to MB, id like to avoid the Callington-Monarto bit, agreed its just a boring dustbowl.

Comment by Clive Palfrey on March 10, 2014 at 22:05

If time permits and the weather is good it's worth extending the ride a little and ride to Wellington and up Jervois road, much more to see on Jervois, a little more traffic but not much. If you google map directions for McLaren Vale to Meadows you can cut out a few kms though you do have to go up South Road or Willunga Hill.

Comment by Don (Who's lost?) Nairn on March 11, 2014 at 21:46

sounds like a pleasant day

Comment by Michelle on March 12, 2014 at 8:50

I think you if you travel with your bike at peak times you have to buy it a ticket too... 

Comment by Clive Palfrey on March 12, 2014 at 9:12

Yes you have to buy a concession ticket and the standard ticket costs a bit more as well.

Comment by Jules Begg on March 13, 2014 at 20:55

If you come through Birdwood we are having a bakery reshuffle at the moment.  Lovells is now at the Adelaide end of town, just before the slow point on your left. Pomegranate cafe still going strong, same side before Lovells.  Diggers (previously Blumberg Cafe) now is closed.

In Gumeracha the "food garage" is closed but the shop near the top of the hill is still open.

Cuddlee cafe is still the best spot on the Gorge.

i dont ride the long rides as you do but have done Palmer hill a few times, its long but do-able ie no massive inclines, first part is steep then flatter, just goes forever.

Comment by Clive Palfrey on March 13, 2014 at 21:04

THe Top Shop in Gumeracha, really nice people always stop there if I'm up that way, sadly they no longer open on Sundays.

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