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Edwins Bicycle Tour Downunder
Sunday, 28 January 2007
Sunday 28 January. Renmark to Swan Reach.

Today the weather started with clear skies clouded over midday and cleared again by late afternoon. Temperatures got to a fairly low 24C. We again had to to fight against a strong 20mph SW headwind.

There was interesting scenery in the first 20 miles of the trip. We had an early breakfast delivered to the room and checked out of the 20s Art Deco Style Renmark Hotel and then headed out near the Murray River. I found a good unofficial viewpoint looking down from the cliffs on the wide river valley.

We crossed the river and stopped for elevenses at one of the few cafes in Loxton open on a Sunday morning. We all had bacon and egg rolls.

So far there had been a moderate amount of traffic but we soon turned off onto an unclassified road where we saw a car every 10 minutes.

The road was dead straight and bends were a major event.We rode on it and saw few habitations for 60 miles. Like many outback roads we had experienced the road gently undulated with enormous wheat fields either side. The road had verges 50 to 100ft either side with bush trees and various types of parrots.

We stopped for lunch at the back of a hall in the tiny village of Wunkar and then the next break at Maggea which had one house. We eventually got to Swan Reach and the Swan Reach Hotel overlooking the Murray River.

Martin and Peter said they were Ride lagged from crossing the time zone on yesterday's ride, the first time any of us had ridden across a time zone on a bike.

85 miles for the day and 948 ft of climb.

Edwin


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