2023 Indi-Pac Day 14 Report

Friday March 30, 2023: Out into a light drizzle at 5:13am, a little dazed and confused. So much so that I started riding in the wrong direction, literally the same way I had come into town the previous evening. I was on the route line on my Garmin and couldn’t work out why it was incessantly beeping at me and flashing “off route”. It took my brain way longer than usual to put all these stimuli into actionable information.

30 minutes wasted……Bugger.

Ok, time for some funky beats.

You must be shitting me……………….they were back in my hotel room, I could picture exactly where I had left them.

Bloody hell eh……Off to a flying start this morning.

Even though I rode back past the Hotel after correcting my navigational error, waking up the Publican at this time of the morning would be way too much of a hassle and only waste more time.

Another item for the Adelaide shopping list – earphones.

The Adelaide Hills

Up into the misty Adelaide hills, a cheeky pitstop for pasties and iced coffee in Kersbrook and then the spectacular descent into the north east suburbs of Adelaide via the sweeping bends of Gorge Road. You’ll just have to take my word for it re the spectacular descent – I was only rocking the hand held GoPro as the memory stick  on the other handlebar mounted one was full.

I’d come way, way too far to go base over apex filming a “spectacular descent.”

Friday March 30, 2023: As the sign says…..

Friday March 30, 2023: sunrise through the trees.

Friday March 30, 2023: Cheeky pastie at the Shell servo in Kersbrook.

Friday March 30, 2023: Adelaide Hills….

Friday March 30, 2023: More Adelaide Hills….

Adelaide

…..and then all of a sudden I found myself in the suburbs of Adelaide negotiating a complex warren of bike paths which further taxed my still miss-firing noodle.

A nice chat with dot watcher Mark who had kindly came out early Friday morning to welcome me to Adelaide.

A phone call from Abe at the Treadly Bike Shop who I had been in contact with about my pending arrival and my broken spokes situation. He was watching me on Maprogress and gave me 7 layers of directions to the bike shop that went straight through to the keeper.

Speaking of the keeper, the last time I was in the city of Churches was for a day of the 3rd test at the Adelaide Oval, early 1982 v the Windies. My first ever day of Test Match cricket……magic stuff although we ender up losing that test.

Speaking of the Adelaide Oval, once the bike path eventually settled on the Right Bank of a broadening River Torrens the Adelaide CBD and glimpses of that fabled cricket ground came into view, albeit a very different looking place to that of 1982.

Off the bike path and onto King William Street and into the guts of Australia’s 5th largest city. After 2 weeks in the sticks the word ‘surreal’ comes to mind although it doesn’t do the feeling justice……’fish out of water’ is closer.

Friday March 30, 2023: Bike path, north east Adelaide.

Friday March 30, 2023: Bike path, north east Adelaide. Take 2.

Friday March 30, 2023: A lovely chat with Mark. A great bloke as you’d expect with such a strong name.

Friday March 30, 2023: Bike path running parallel to the River Torrens.

Friday March 30, 2023: Bike path running parallel to the River Torrens. Take 2.

Friday March 30, 2023: Adelaide Oval glimpses….

Friday March 30, 2023: Adelaide CBD glimpses.

Friday March 30, 2023: Shit getting surreal. King William St, Adelaide.

Friday March 30, 2023: Shit getting surreal. King William St, Adelaide. Take 2.

Friday March 30, 2023: Shit getting surreal. King William St, Adelaide. Take 3.

Operation “Make the Pie-Muncher Roll Again”

I finally arrived at Treadly Bike Shop just after 10am.

Bike shop happenings as per:

  • Banter with Abe and Daz as Abe checks out my bike in between topping up my coffee cup. Lovely blokes.
  • A new rear wheel is required. Abe calls Curve to check stock and to see if it is ok to purchase just 1 wheel vs the usual pair………”Anything for an Indi-Pac rider” is the response.
  • Abe rides off on a cargo bike to pick up the new wheel from another bike shop.
  • I get an Uber to Rundle Mall (a big shopping precinct in the city centre) to get the items off my shopping list:
    • Battery Pac – check.
    • Headphones – check.
    • SD memory card for the GoPro – check.
    • Contact lenses fluid – check.
  • Uber back to the bike shop.
  • Abe puts the bike back together.

The Operation is a success, all be the wallet substantially lighter. Oh well, I’d always wanted some Curve kit.

Back at it by around 1pm and Abe kindly rides me back onto the route.

Friday March 30, 2023: My bike racked up at the Treadly Bike Shop.

Friday March 30, 2023: Abe riding me back on route.

Friday March 30, 2023: Unley Rd, Unley. Heading out of Adelaide.

Mount Lofty

After a pit stop for supplies I hit the Mount Lofty Climb at around 2:30pm. The circa 14 kilometre climb which has some pretty steep ramps is a regular and anticipated feature of the annual Tour Down Under, the first event of the UCI World Tour which kicks off the international pro cycling calendar.

A tough climb to be sure made even tougher by some inexcusably close and fast passes on the tight, windy section about halfway up.

I managed to get GoPro footage of a couple of these passes – ref below. The book needs to be thrown at the driver of the Silver Subaru, Reg S444 BMN. (any chance of crowd sourcing some Police intervention almost a year after the fact??).

Wasn’t South Australia the first Australian state or territory to introduce a minimum cyclist passing distance in 2015? (at least one metre when overtaking cyclists on roads with speed limits up to and including 60km/h and 1.5 metres on roads with a speed limit greater than 60km/h).

I’d say the fuckwit in S444 BMN gave me substantially less than one metre and was probably over the speed limit to boot.

Friday March 30, 2023: Near the start of the Mount Lofty Climb.

Friday March 30, 2023: Further up the Mount Lofty Climb.

Friday March 30, 2023: Further up the Mount Lofty Climb. Take 2.

Friday March 30, 2023: Further up the Mount Lofty Climb. Take 3.

Friday March 30, 2023: I doubt that was a metre.

Friday March 30, 2023: I doubt that was a metre, also.

Friday March 30, 2023: That’s definitely not a metre. Part 1.

Friday March 30, 2023: That’s definitely not a metre. Part 2.

Friday March 30, 2023: And the rego is…..

And in real time:

Sanity and faith in humanity was definitely restored a little further up the climb when Margaret came out from her beautiful house with a view for a chat and to give me an early Easter gift of short bread and chocolates.

Friday March 30, 2023: Easter gift from Margaret, towards the top of the climb.

Friday March 30, 2023: More climbing, but at least the traffic has died down.

Friday March 30, 2023: and more…..

The Mount Lofty Summit is a slight divert off route but it’s definitely worth it.

Friday March 30, 2023: As the sign says….

Friday March 30, 2023: View from the Mount Lofty Summit.

Friday March 30, 2023: View from the Mount Lofty Summit. Take 2.

What goes up must came down…..

True to her word Alison (aka “Stirling Roadrunner”) who I had last seen 8 days ago at the Balladonia Roadhouse, came out to cheer me on in her home town of Stirling.  It was really nice to see her. I actually got a bit emotional. Not only was I touched that she had taken the time out of her day to say hi, but I absolutely knew that she fully understood what I meant when I said it had been a tough day.

To all the ultra distance freaks / legends out there I love youse all, every single last one of youse!!

Dot-watcher Matt DeLaine also came out to say G’day and take some photos. The 3 of us had a lovely chat. It was tough to drag myself away from it.

Friday March 30, 2023: Matt DeLaine’s FB post…

3.5 hours and 70k’s later after exhilarating descents, rain showers, rainbows, cute towns (namely Hahndorf) and my largest Hungry Jacks meal to date (you really don’t want to know), I finally rolled down the main drag of Murray Bridge to my rather luxurious (yet amazing value) hotel.

The video below sums it up well. (note that I keep crapping on about Day 13 which is obviously an error).

Friday March 30, 2023: Mother nature at it again….

Friday March 30, 2023: Rolling down the main street of Hahndorf.

Friday March 30, 2023: Nice descent….

Friday March 30, 2023: Getting close to Murray Bridge.

Friday March 30, 2023: Finally rolling into Murray Bridge.

Friday March 30, 2023: My fancy hotel with the horizontal green lighting, down by the river.

Friday March 30, 2023: Its gonna be tough to leave this in the morn….

The Day According to Strava:

 

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1 Comment
  • Marc Ruediger
    Posted at 07:50h, 10 March Reply

    Hi Mark,
    Really been enjoying your write-up of Indipac. Thanks for stopping to have a chat on your way along Linear Park and good to see you got your supplies sorted.
    Cheers,
    Marc

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