Cycling Away to the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Read all about Cycle Away's latest adventure to South Australia's York Peninsula.
Deciding on the route -
Friends had driven their caravan around the Yorke Peninsula and observed signs for the Walk the Yorke trail. It’s a shared trail for walkers and cyclists. At their urging we decided to give it a go and, after purchasing maps and planning our route, we arrived in Adelaide and caught the bus to Port Wakefield to begin our circular tour. The peninsula looks exactly like Italy - shaped like a boot. As Jan would say later in the tour, we cycled down the calf, across the instep and up the shin bone! The tour was a good test for our new Cycle Away jersey.
Along the way -
We cycled through numerous small towns slumbering in the mid-spring heat and tested our skill cycling on a variety of surfaces - on (through!) sand, quiet country backroads, dirt and bitumen roads and occasionally the busier highway route. The trail is flat almost all the way. We passed beautiful deserted beaches, the biggest wind farm in South Australia, fields of wheat stretching as far as the eye could see, the most amazing pink coloured lakes, alpaca farms, dealt with swarms of flies and were greeted warmly everywhere by the locals.
At the finish -
An illness, a cycling mishap and a job offer meant three of our companions left us before the end of the tour. After a rest day in the lovely Moonta Bay (the end of the Walk the Yorke trail), Jan and I cycled across the peninsula to Clare so we could ride down the Riesling Valley rail trail to Auburn and then back to Port Wakefield. Visits to wineries took place along this stretch, as you do. Along the way we discovered two more trails - Walleroo to Kadina (8km) and Halberg to Balaklava (11km). Riding to Clare meant we conquered our first hill, 7km uphill from Blyth to Clare. It was a steady climb but certainly not unrideable, even with the panniers on our bikes.
The end result -
Great scenery, a good route (with some minor changes by us), good weather, some headwinds but a lot of tailwind as well, a variety of accommodation and locals who went out of their way to help us. If you would like to experience this then make sure you add Walk the Yorke to your bucket list of touring areas in Australia.