This report has been compiled by Paul, with text mainly from Ros and photographs from several of the participants. More photographs will be added soon! You can also access a photo-album of this tour here.
Friday, 22 October 2021 at 12:13 · Williamstown, South Australia
Forest & River Ports 9-day Bike Tour – Day One
Some lovely bike trails led by Robyn which took us past Rocky Paddock campground (idyllic), then over the extensive Chalks Creek Boardwalk to our snack break at Chalks Campground (equally idyllic) and along Watts Gully Road (scenic).
Saturday, 23 October 2021 at 10:04 · Williamstown, South Australia
Forest & River Ports 9-day Bike Tour – Day Two
A most enjoyable loop with views to die for (Steingarten Road which is also the Mawson Trail!) and back via Lyndoch – everyone raved about the ride!
Sunday, 24 October 2021 at 10:03 · Williamstown, South Australia
Forest & River Ports 9-day Bike Tour – Day Three
Yet another superb ride led by Paul and Robyn – a brilliant time to be in the Barossa – check out the Lavender Farm next time!
Monday, 25 October 2021 at 10:08 · Caloote, South Australia
Forest & River Ports 9-day Bike Tour – Day Four – Caloote loop
Rolling country roads and farmlands south of Mannum with the great Murray River coming into view – lunch stop at Woodlane Landing.
Tuesday, 26 October 2021 at 10:12 · Cowirra, South Australia
Forest & River Ports 9-day Bike Tour – Day Five – Younghusband loop
Involved two fun ferry crossings, some lengthy gravel country roads and a superb lunch location on the Murray River bank at Younghusband Peninsula (should have continued along the gravel version of East Front Road when heading back to the ferry at Mannum)
Wednesday, 27 October 2021 at 10:02 · Mannum, South Australia
Forest & River Ports 9-day Bike Tour – Cascades loop – Day Six
Took the long way round on some good gravel roads to the Mannum Cascades which were a delightful surprise … a large swimable pool with a sandy beach deep in a pretty gorge. Threatening rain had us belt back to Mannum taking the Belvedere Road route and we did get a bit wet!
Thursday, 28 October 2021 at 10:08 · Tailem Bend, South Australia
Forest & River Ports 9-day Bike Tour – Day Seven
According to Ros,
Forecast was 90% chance of rain plus thunderstorms … we copped the lot! But … a most satisfying ride, just 13 of us intrepid and skilled riders manoeuvring through skinny pinch-gates with lightning flashing above; the side trip to Pangaringa Arboretum (recommended by Robyn) was most interesting and a godsend for shelter during a heavy downpour … coffees and cakes back at Tailem Bend bakery rounded up a perfect day’s outing.
According to Sharon,
We thoroughly enjoyed Ros’ Interesting ride from Tailem Bend across the ferry then following the levee bank trail nearly all the way to Wellington. We found ourselves in a thunderstorm and huddled up under the willows to wait for it to pass over.
Just out of Wellington we explored the lovely Pangarinda Botatical Park and the heavens opened up again so we ate lunch in a shelter there and explored further after the rain stopped.
We then rode on to the Wellington ferry for a ride back across the river and then made our way back to Tailem Bend via an interesting conservation park and back to the Tailem Bend bakery for coffee and cake!
Friday, 29 October 2021 at 08:38 · Murray Bridge, South Australia
Forest & River Ports 9-day Bike Tour – Day Eight
Plenty of open space on long easy bitumen stretches and flat country roads towards Mypolonga – a bit of slushing through fresh cow pats to our tea or early lunch-stop by the Murray and a cold head-wind back to Murray Bridge along compact gravel with a delightful finish along the Lavender Trail into town.
Saturday, 30 October 2021 at 09:59 · Murray Bridge, South Australia
Forest & River Ports 9-day Bike Tour – Day Nine
Heading west of Murray Bridge alongside Kinchina CP and along the Lavender Trail to connect with the southern border of Monarto Zoo.
Note: we intersected the Jailbreak Track suitable for bikes – another cycling project?