From Vines to Sea

The next day, Sunday was just as delightful in terms of crisp, clear sunny Autum skies. A flat ride to the bay – Semaphore. The air was as still as a crouching tiger! You can see the beautiful red animal in the foreground

And then there were these magnificent beasts being shunted at the Railway museum. 

The train is named  “Essington Lewis”  a powerful locomotive.

The Essington Lewis

From Gold to Opalescent White

My faithful gold Mitsubishi 380…

Has lasted 10 years and after a spell at the panel beaters to repair several minor car park knocks, a set of new tyres and a major service, has been passed on to my daughter. For $1. Thank god I only had one child. 

But, I hear you ask, am I travelling now by Titanium bike? Of course not! 

Yes, it is fabulous, a Lexus, or in other words Toyota answer to a BMW or Audi 

Long weekend in Clare

The Riesling Trail Again!

About three years ago was the last time that I rode the Riesling Trail at that time it went from Clare to Auburn. I went with two overseas visitor from Germany and Brazil. We stayed at an onsite cabin in the Clare Caravan Park and had a great time. As I recall it was around autumn and the weather was mostly cool and sunny with one evening of rain.

The trail follows the original local train track. It was destroyed in a major bushfire I think in the 1950’s and was never resurrected and the freight was then transported by road. Many would despair of this outcome. However the ultimate benefit was that the train lines were removed and the track converted into a dedicated cycle and walk trail. It is quite unique. since my last visit it has been extended southwards to Riverton and is now 50 km long. 

This Anzac weekend 4 of us rented 2 cottages in Clare and spent out time cycling, walking and of course visiting various wineries and had a memorable much at Pauletts winery on the Sunday. 
It has been claimed that this Autumn in Adelaide has been one of the most spectacular as a consequence of a dry and cold start to the season. See for yourself!

It must be Easter

A burst of pink. Amaryllis Lillies also known as Easter Lillies because they typically flower at or near Easter.

They have suddenly all blossomed in my back yard in the last week.

The  other pictures show me crossing the Finish Line at Victor Harbor in the 2016 TDU! Totally unrelated to pink flowers but I had to have something else to boast about.





The Amy Gillet Cycle Path

Another great week of cycling in Adelaide during the Tour Down Under. The week begins with the Ride Like Crazy – and as always ideal Spring weather and the usual 104 km ride though the hills the initial path involves cycling up the Freeway which is part closed for the event.  Before that a group of friends rode the Amy Gillet Cycle Path in Barossa Valley. It now more than 30 km of dedicated (off road) path that mostly follows the old railway line!  Pictures taken on this balmy Summer Sunday show it all. If you CLICK on each photo it will enlarge and you can have a slide show!