2023 Indi-Pac Day 15 Report

Saturday April 1, 2023: It was a tough old departure from the substantial comforts and conveniences of the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. I was sure to relieve my room of all its Nespresso capsules and Scotch Fingers, before reluctantly closing the door behind me.

Back at it by 7:09am into a surprisingly chilly morning.

Straight onto a bridge that took me across the mighty Murray River – Australia’s longest river. I noticed a cyclist coming the other way towards me walking his bike on the pedestrian part of the bridge, but that sort of sensible behaviour was just not going to happen!

Saturday April 1, 2023: The bridge that will take me across the mighty River.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Battlestar Galactica Style…

It was a breezy old day but I made reasonable time to Tailem Bend (Pop. 1,165), banging out the first 23k’s in just over an hour.

Saturday April 1, 2023: As the sign says.

Saturday April 1, 2023: View of the Murray River from Tailem Bend.

The Lower Lakes

From Tailem Bend the route turns right off the busy Dukes Highway to the Princes Highway which trends due south for 55k’s past the coastal fresh water lakes of Lake Alexandrina and then Lake Albert, to the lakeside town of Meningie (Pop. 1,118).

I rolled into Meningie at around 11am which had a distinct early Easter holiday feel about the place – plenty of Caravanners (I doubt they’re called Gray Nomads this far east?) and people milling about on the main street. My route notes indicated that the only services between here and Kingston 150k’s up the road was a roadside mobile coffee set-up at Salt Creek which I absolutely wasn’t going to rely upon being open.

So lunch and a rather large resupply it was.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Heading south from Tailem Bend on the Princes Highway.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Heading south on the Princes Highway, somewhere between Tailem Bend and Meningie.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Heading south on the Princes Highway, somewhere between Tailem Bend and Meningie. Take 2.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Mucking about with a new camera angle. That’d be either Lake Alexandrina or Lake Albert.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Coming into the outskirts of Meningie.

Saturday April 1, 2023: As the sign says…..

Saturday April 1, 2023: Rolling into the main street of Meningie.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Rolling down the main street of Meningie.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Mmmmmmm Maybe….

Saturday April 1, 2023: Lunch in Meningie. I settled on a few potato scallops instead of a Pastie.

The Coorong

About 15k’s out of Meningie the Princes Highway bends around to the south east, running parallel to the Coorong lagoon, until the end of days…..

……rather it feels like the 120 kilometre section will never bloody well end, ably assisted by a stiff southerly.

Boring as batshit on a bike but it is actually quite fascinating on a map………one year after the fact. Check it out on the Strava map below.

Anyway, there were 2 highlights over the next 9 hours on the Goddamn Coorong:

  1. The mobile Coffee caravanny thing was open at Salk Creek (Pop. 29)…….just.
  2. I was passed by a family of dotwatchers (I am so sorry I cannot remember their names?). They had actually passed me going the other way earlier in the day to a memorial service I think it was. They slowed down and we chatted for a while, bike to car until an oncoming vehicle brought the arrangement to an end. I saw them later as I was checking in to a hotel in Kingston.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Plugging way.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Still plugging way.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Still plugging way.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Still plugging way.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Smoko.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Still plugging way.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Cheeky side on view of the Coorong Lagoon.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Still plugging way.

Saturday April 1, 2023: As the sign says….

Saturday April 1, 2023: I must say I was rather happy to see the ‘Open’ flag.

Saturday April 1, 2023: ‘Mobile Coffee by the Greek’.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Still plugging way.

Saturday April 1, 2023: Still plugging way.

Saturday April 1, 2023: And the sun sets on my time on the Coorong.

I finally rolled up to my hotel in Kingston (Pop. 1,637) at about 8:30pm which just so happened to be right next door to the ‘Big Lobster’………no excuses………3rd time lucky!!

Saturday April 1, 2023: The Big Lobster, Kingston, South Australia.

The Day According to Strava:

 

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1 Comment
  • Laurelle Croker
    Posted at 21:30h, 16 March Reply

    Very flat country and amazing photos. The big lobster the highlight. The Coorong is large but beautiful. Long hard ride for you.. Still in awe of your ride. mum and dadxx

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