Friday 29 October 2010 Clare to Adelaide

We left Clare and headed for Adelaide, but I wanted to visit Kapunda and see where Sydney Kidman lived on the way.  It’s seems to be a very historic mining town with lots of character and some very nice old houses.  The Kidman residence was donated to the High School along with the 5 acres it was situated on.  A very impressive building.  Their original house is out of sight and overgrown by trees and weeds.  The new owners mustn’t want people looking in at them all the time.  We entered Adelaide via the new northern expressway, which made the trip a lot quicker than we had expected.  The rain had started and the winds were on their way, which is fairly common for here.  We dropped in on Jason, Maddie and Oliver and had some fantastic Chinese takeaway for dinner.

Thursday 28 October 2010 Clare

Well we thought we had recovered sufficiently from our bike ride 2 days ago, wrong!!!  We set out from Clare to ride the northern end of the trail, which was about 9 klms each way.  There was little signage and no rest points constructed as this part of the trail has only just been opened.  The first 4-5 klms were up hill which took it out of us pretty much, but the worst was the pain in our butts that were still a bit delicate from our previous ride.  We had to walk some parts which was a great relief.  After lunch we went to Knappstein Winery/Brewery in Clare for some tastings.  A rich flavoured beer that had a very unique flavour.  The wines weren’t anything special so went dropped in to Tim Adam’s Winery.  It is the first time I have ever seen Debbie like every wine that she tasted.  They must be very special!  It was a very tiring day so it was back to camp for a nanna nap.

Tuesday 26 October 2010 Clare

Another nice day and we mounted our pushbikes and headed off on the Riesling Trail, which is a bike/walking track that follows the old train line route.   The idea is to take various exits and have lunch at a pub or vineyard and do some wine tastings on the way.  But we rode from Clare to Watervale, about 15 kilometres each way up and down gradual hills as we went.  We thought we would visit the wine cellars by car tomorrow, as venturing off the trail meant you had to go on roads and up steep hills in places.  We did have tender butts , but the scenery was beautiful and needed the exercise anyway.  Pizza for dinner is justified!

Sunday 24 October 2010 Day trip to Auburn

A beautiful day today and we’re off to meet Jason, Madie and Oliver for lunch at Auburn.  It’s a quaint little town with a lovely park and lots of history, as do many towns in the area.  We decided on The Rising Sun Hotel for lunch and ate too much as usual.  On our return journey we decided that Clare Caravan Park had a lot more appeal and that we had had enough of the coastal winds for now, so we would move there tomorrow.