Monday, Jan 17th- Sunday, Jan 23rd
17.01.2011 - 23.01.2011
Apologies for the delay in getting this entry posted. We have been free camping for the past few nights which has been terrific. It means we've been relying on our own water supply and battery power to operate everything on board enabling us to camp out in some fairly quiet and spectacular spots. The only down side is that we have had no means with which to charge our laptop so our communications have been somewhat limited. At the moment I am sitting in our room on the Spirit of Tassie with 12 hours ahead of us and a beautiful view of the ocean so plenty of time to get up to date. But back to the beginning...
We left Adelaide on Monday, Jan 17th and drove all the way to Leasingham (south of Clare)- yes we know it doesn't sound far but it was all we could manage! We camped here for 3 nights in a quiet little caravan park that gave us plenty of time to just chill out and learn to relax a bit. We rode the Riesling Trail into Clare on one day and back to Auburn the day after.
We headed across to the Barossa on Thursday in time for our loooong lunch at Rockford's. We drove through Kapunda and took the mandatory photo of Map the Miner so we could tick him off our list of big icons.
We started lunch at midday with sparkling wine and canapes and finally finished up with port at 5pm. The food was simply divine and the wines were sensational. We dined at one long table of 16 and much of the food was sourced from their garden. Definitely something to put on your must do list if you ever get the chance.
On Friday we headed off towards the Coorong travelling through Williamstown and Murray Bridge and across to Wellington so Danny could catch his ferry (He has a thing about them) We then headed down to a very quiet camp spot at Narrung which meant another ferry and just about made this the perfect day for Dan.
We drove through Kingston on Saturday (photo of the Big Lobster- tick) and then onto Wright's Bay. This was a gorgeous little spot about 20kms north of Robe. We met some guys from Melb who had travelled all through the outback and had the photos to prove it- we're already looking forward to that part of the trip.They had a shower that was heated from their Landcruiser engine somehow- I wish I had taken a photo but they might have thought I was a bit weird
Robe was absolutely stunning on the day we visited. We took our bikes off the back and rode around for an hour or so. The beach was just a perfect blue and the sails of the yachts were like flavours of gelati.
We arrived in Mt Gambier in time for a quick drive around the Blue Lake and this of course was also looking quite spectacular in the sunshine. We stayed the night at Joanna and Andrew's place and enjoyed a few drinks and a great catch up (Danny's highlight was probably getting the chance to have a ride in Andrew's 1970's HG Kingswood- in Danny's words it 'looked like a dream and screamed like the devil)!