Some spend their long weekends at the beach. Bike SA staff member- Julian Ferguson – took to the Murray River with a bunch of mates – and bikes.
I love going on holidays. And I love riding bikes. My favourite – going on holidays by bike…
My friends aren’t really what you’d call “cyclists” – so when I suggested we try a camping trip by bike there were a few frowns. While it was a little bit tough at times… the group loved it. There was sweat, tears and smiles – and some newly converted bike tourists.
I thought I’d share a little bit of practical info about the trip for anyone looking for a little bit of inspiration.
Difficulty level – Medium
Medium – nothing too tough – but we had a few new riders that struggled a little – and the last day has some off-road riding that might need a bit of extra leg power and grunt – and would be a lot easier with a MTB.
Day 1 Mannum – Caurnamont (51km) (packed lunch – however there’s a general store in Bowhill if you don’t want to carry food)
Day 2 Caurnamont – Punyelroo (59km) (lunch in Walker Flat)
Day 3 Punyelroo – Mannum. (63km) (Lunch in Walker Flat)
Park your car at Mannum – pack some food and camping gear and you’re sweet. There are enough stops along the way for food and drink if you want to pack light. The joy of this kind of route is that it’s a loop ride so there’s no need for car hopping. To make life easier – give a slab a beer to a friend and ask him/her to be the support driver over the 3 days and carry your gear.
What To Bring
Bike + Helmet+ Smiles (and plenty of water).
To be perfectly honest – our bikes were pretty terrible – and unsuited for bike touring. (Just check out the photos). But hey we made it. I suggest packing plenty of snacks, water and sunscreen and some camping gear, spare tubes and all the usual stuff any self-respecting bike tourist would think to bring.
- The first day along the river is glorious – and the second day has some sweet views of cliffs
- Caurnamont Lakeside campground is pretty special (and bizzare) place. A hidden gem.
- Walker Flat is a great little spot for lunch.
- The last day on the dirt road has some great views of the valley
- Tail wind – it’s glorious.
Some photos to inspire you.
Bicycle SA will be running their Gourmet Food and Wine Annual Tour (9 days) in September this year, and their epic biennial Outback Odyssey (5,6,7 and 16 days) trip in May through the Flinders Ranges. These trips are perfect for seasoned and new cycle tourists with a taste for adventure.