Today started with a climb, not a particularly steep climb, but a climb that persisted well beyond what felt like a reasonable amount of time. I think within the first 15 minutes I’d climbed 100m if that give you any idea of the grade I was working with.
Anyway this moorings ride along the north coast road was lovely. Once I’d reached the ridge line the road followed the ridge the ride was punctuated by sneak peaks at the magnificent coast line I was riding along and of the rolling pastures that dominate this part of the island.
By 10:30am I’d ridden a good 17km so I stopped for a break and spoilt myself with a cup of tea and some fruit cake. Riding on I descended towards Smiths Bay where I had hoped to find a nice little picnic spot. Instead I found an industrial scale Abalone Farm (complete with high fences and security cameras galore), so I pushed on to Emu Bay where I had intended to camp for the night. I arrived to find the bay looking weedy and dull, but as I made lunch it looked quite lovely. I checked out the camping facilities and was confused by the request for $15 for a gravel car park, which also allowed you to use the beach toilets several hundred metres away as a bonus, so I pushed on again.
The ride into Kingscote is punctuated only by salt lakes and very dry farmlands until you hit the main drag into town which is poorly maintained. Kingscote itself is an odd little place, again with some bad beaches and was even worse because it only offered bad coffee. The campsites were equally joyous and had an odd smell of of decomposing stuff.
Anyway I’ve booked the bus back to Adelaide from Cape Jervis so I’m on the home straight. 3 more days and then it is home time 😦