|Plenty of grain trucks at the intersection of the |
Birdseye & Tod Highways (in Lock, Eyre Peninsula)
|Franklin Harbour Hotel|
We took the scenic road from Ceduna to Whyalla, riding south to Elliston and then eastwards once more. We stopped for a refreshing ale at the pub in Cowell, then in the late afternoon we pitched our tent in Whyalla. We enjoyed a delicious Indian meal, soured slightly by the $12.90 corkage on our $5 cleanskin and then we were on our way to enjoy the Yorke Peninsula.
|Moonta, Yorke Peninsula|
The cool days of our Nullarbor crossing were a distant memory when we rode away from Whyalla, and we watched the temperature rise to an uncomfortable 30 degrees by 8am. We holed up in Moonta for a couple of 40 degree days, hiding in the pub, and under the shade of a tree, until sunset allowed us to enjoy a walk along the town jetty.
|Lunch stop, Yorke Peninsula|
|Innes National Park, great roads but 40 & 60 kph limits.|
The locals ran on “Yorke time” and finding fuel on a Sunday was a challenge we didn't expect. The beautiful Innes National Park showed a more temperate mood, only for us to arrive back in Stansbury to find our little tent standing it's own against the howling wind.
|Enjoying the great camp kitchen at|
Hahndorf Resort (and caravan park)
|Drying out at Swan Hill|
|High up on the Hume Dam|
|Dawn on the Murray River, Walwa Caravan Park|
Riding through the lanes of the Kosciuszko National Park is simply wonderful. We must have cruised around at least 1000 bends as the road winds it's way up and down the mountain passes. We only rode 300km that day but it was late in the afternoon when we arrived in Jindabyne.
|A game of hide and seek in Batemans Bay|
We were back on the road by 8am the following day, taking advantage of a fine day to make our way to Batemans Bay. It was easy to occupy ourselves in this town by the sea, catching up on a travellers administration and enjoying excellent fish and chips by the wharf.
|We thought the riding boots, helmets|
and wine added to the apartments decorations
On the 21st December it was time to ride the final 300km from Batemans Bay to our apartment in Sydney. We fell for it again and only half an hour into a five hour ride we found ourselves on the side of the road putting on our wet weather gear. Still the ride was uneventful, the traffic was courteous when we needed it to be, and our Airbnb rental is a treat; until next time............