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Monday 14th August - Melrose to Adelaide SA

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Monday 14th August - Melrose to Adelaide.

Today would be a fairly easy 270kms on the bike, so Hilaire and I had a bit of a sleep in. 'Till 8:00am anyway. After packing up the bike and trailer, we left Melrose about 10:00am heading south towards Laura and Gladstone where we stopped for something to eat. As we were riding into some rain, we also put on Hilaire's wets. Then down through the Clare Valley wine region with lots of vineyards bordering the highway. The rain had cleared into a sunny afternoon. A refuel in Gawler and then only 40 kms to go to our friend's place in North Adelaide where we would stay for two nights.
We are staying with Clint and Barbara. Clint was our riding companion on the first half of the tour. Into Adelaide by about 2:00pm and greeted by Clint in his driveway. A few arvo beers, cheese and bickies. Barbara cooked us a fine meal and we chatted into the night.
It's great catching up with old friends after so many years.

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Sunday 13th August - Port Lincoln to Melrose SA.

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Sunday 13th August - Port Lincoln to Melrose SA.

We had enjoyed our relaxing time in Port Lincoln, but it was time to head closer to home. After a nice sunrise over the bay, we had a lazy start getting away at 09:30am. North along the coastal road was very picturesque but very windy again.


Through Tumbu Bay and Port Neill and on to Arno Bay where we tried to get food and fuel, but got neither. Further on we stopped at Cowell for a refuel and lunch. Nice little town with some old historic buildings. Then through Whyalla and Port Augusta where we rounded the head of the Spencer Gulf. Heading south now we turned east on Horrocks Pass Rd, where we paid our respects to FR #1. (FarRiders will know what I'm talking about) Then over Horrocks Pass. I have not been on a twisty road for 15,000kms. So Horrocks Pass was short, ..... but ohh so very sweet! Through Wilmington and on to Melrose for our overnight stay. Checked into our digs at the North Star Hotel. A surprise for Hilaire as I had booked the very quirky "Green Truck" as our accomm.
A walk around town, a pub crawl, and dinner at the North Star Hotel was good. Into our our "truck" for an early night.


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Saturday 12th August - A day around Port Lincoln.

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Saturday 12th August - A day in Port Lincoln SA.

We had a day off the bike today so we planned to relax. A walk down along the water front to a busy little cafe for breakfast. Had a bit of a look around the CBD then back to our B & B. Did some work repairing helmet Comms on both Hilaire's and my helmets. I went for a ride around the marina area and checked out the tuna boat fleet. Bought some oysters for arvo cheese platter.
We sat out on our balcony looking over the bay and pigged out on oysters, cheeses, salami and crackers. A few Matsos, beers, Chardonnays later, and it was time for an arvo nap.
Later some more footy on the box and an early night. A great day relaxing around Port Lincoln.


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Friday 11th August - Ceduna to Port Lincoln.

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Friday 11th August - Ceduna to Port Lincoln.

After a very windy night ensconced in our motel room, we ventured out in the morning to cloudy skies. The wind had dropped off overnight, so with the Nullarbor behind us, we fuelled up and set off further east and south to Streaky Bay. Stopped for more fuel and some brekky and a look around Streaky Bay. A fishing village with a bit of tourist traffic thrown in.
We then headed out towards Port Lincoln. Through Coulton, Elliston & Wangary with Hilaire needing a comfort stop, but we couldn't find a toilet for love nor money. The highways in SA are not as well provisioned as we found in WA.
Finally into Port Lincoln and we found our B&B with great views out over the bay. Wandered down town for a look around, saw a statue of a famous racehorse, bought some groceries and some grog. Hilaire finally getting some Matso's Ginger beer. $30 for a sixpak. Cheap when you consider it $12 a stubby in WA pubs. Back at the unit we ordered pizza delivery and had a night in watching the footy on the box. Another good day on the bike with 430kms behind us.


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Thursday 10th August - Eucla to Streaky Bay SA

sunny 18 °C

Thursday 10th August - Eucla to Streaky Bay SA.

We fuelled up and left Eucla under brilliant blue skies. Still windy and only 9 deg though. 1st stop was at the WA/SA border for a few photos. Then back on the road towards Nullarbor Roadhouse.


It's great to be free of the WA towing speed limit of 100kph. Now cruising along at 115kph. It was also good to see that the road kill had reduced to only a few lizards and one bird. Not thousands of kangaroos like yesterday's leg to Eucla. I guess it is a snapshot of the wildlife in the area. We stopped at one of the roadside lookouts over the Great Australian Bight and Hilaire spotted a couple of whales frolicking a few hundred meters off shore. I think they were Southern Wright whales.
After a refuel and some tucker at Nullarbor, and another time change, we continued further east past Nundaroo Roadhouse and then stopped at Penong. I was expecting another roadhouse, but was surprised to find a little town with some interesting stuff. After a comfort stop at the servo, we checked out the windmill display and museum. They have the largest windmill in Australia there. A Comet 35ft mill, originally from Glendambo in the north of SA, it has been relocated to Penong and displayed with many other antique windmills. A great display.
Back on the road for only 69 kms to Ceduna, where Hilaire and I decided to stay for the night. Sadly, my touring companion, Andrew decided he needed to get to Streaky Bay today. The PAC touring party is now officially split up. We said goodbye to Andrew and wished him safe riding. Then we went into Ceduna to find accommodation. We ended upgrading to a 4star hotel overlooking the bay. Bit classy, but why not? An upper level room with ocean views for $185/nt. incl breakfast. Dinner in the bistro was also great.
An early night as we are heading for Port Lincoln tomorrow.
520 kms for the day in very windy conditions. H screamed when one gust blew us a couple of meters sideways.
P.S. Andrew made it to Streaky Bay in wet and windy conditions.


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