Success. I made it from Melbourne to Adelaide

Hi Everyone.

I haven’t been in contact recently because I have been riding the trike from Melbourne to Adelaide.  I had hoped to keep up with Kathleen’s challenge and post a bit about the ride but it was all too hard just using a ‘phone !

I mostly followed the route above but did not head north through the Coorong.  By then I had found that the distances involved were just too great especially after finding out the Salt Creek Store had closed.  This meant a 150k stretch without a water supply with temps in the low 30sC. So I turned north slightly earlier and went up roads with towns closer together and that had supplies.

I did, however, keep a daily Blog and it is HERE.  There is a Category Touring – Melbourne to Adelaide which will group them if it helps.

So, as far as challenges go, I feel OK about completing this one.

We have another week in South Australia to spend with family here and then we head home via Broken Hill.

A bloke cycling in (mainly) Tasmania

16 response to "Success. I made it from Melbourne to Adelaide"

  1. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 18, 2019

    Hurrah! Congrats, Tony. Will comment more after reading your blog. Good on ya.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 18, 2019

    Great ride Tony — off to read the blog more thoroughly — just skimming thru it looks very interesting — want to find out how you got Maggie unlocked.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: April 19, 2019

      Thanks Rich. Locking Maggie to the cabin without checking if I had the keys – what was I thinking!

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: April 19, 2019

      Thanks Suzanne. I am now getting used to not cycling but as it’s 32C and blowing another gale here in South Australia I am OK with it. We just had the warmest Good Friday for over 100 years!!

  3. By: NancyG Posted: April 19, 2019

    Nice tour Tony. Well done on the challenge.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: April 19, 2019

      Thanks Nancy. I hope to get a ride in at Broken Hill so I can find out a bit about this iconic Australian outback town and tell you all about it.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 19, 2019

    Congratulations, Tony. Well done. I need to read your journal as soon as I catch up on posting my backlog of rides. As you intimate, all this riding and writing and posting is time-consuming work. Anyway, good job on your tour. Take care.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: April 19, 2019

      Hi Bill. Yes, it looks like you have been doing some serious riding too. I will be spending a few days catching up with what’s happening with Cycle365 once Easter is over

  5. By: gregblood Posted: April 19, 2019

    Way to go, Tony! I enjoyed reading along with you.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: April 19, 2019

      Thanks Greg. It will be interesting to get back to Tassie in 2 weeks time and ride one of my normal rides – just to see if the legs have improved any.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: April 19, 2019

    Nice job, Tony, and glad you kept all the wheels on the ground… whether it was tarmac or whatever ran along side. I’m not sure that I’d want to do your route, but it’s pretty awesome that you can say you’ve done Melbourne to Adelaide. 🙂

    How did you like your quilt? I’m pondering what to replace my sleeping bag with… but I currently think I’m going to go with another sleeping bag since I’m a cold sleeper. Any suggestions?

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: April 19, 2019

      Hi Emily,

      The quilt worked well. I chose the longer model filled enough to keep you alive at OC and should have bought the warmer one. Anything below 6C and I had to make sure the quilt was over the head (which I could do with the longer length) to keep warm. The idea of not needing the underneath part of the quilt worked well – with the ExPed insulated mat. The unnerving thing is that the quilt feels so light when you first put it on you think “this will never keep me warm” but it does. I was also using a silk liner.

      The quilt pops together for a short distance at the feet end and has a draw cord to tighten up the base. I found that worked OK and as I turned over during the night the quilt didn’t fall off or get tied up.

      Yes. Route. Well I thought about the Great Ocean Road but heard it is very busy these days. I would have also been locked in to cycling up the Coorong from Kingston SE and wasn’t sure about that. I am OK with the route but wish I could have found more of the country lanes to travel on. The issue is, I think, that all A and B roads are truck ways these days and so are quite a few of the C roads. You really have to know the area or no someone who does to find the really quiet roads. That said, the B roads travelling through SA Bluegum and River Red Gum territory are quite spectacular.

      • By: The Navigator Posted: April 21, 2019

        Thanks for the info, Tony. My current bag is rated to -7C. That keeps me warm to about 0C – regardless if I’m sleeping on an insulated pad or my closed cell foam. So I would want a quilt to have at least that rating. I’ll keep looking at options.
        I have a similar opinion of VIC’s lettered roads. A roads have heaps of traffic but usually a good and wide shoulder. B roads carry nearly as much traffic but sometimes have no shoulder at all – which is terrifying (Murray Valley Hwy a good example)! C-roads never have a shoulder but can be incredibly busy… or they can have hardly any traffic. They are so hit and miss, I usually avoid them unless I can get local knowledge. For example, Tolmie-Whitfield is fine, Tatong-Tolmie brilliant (both C roads), but the road into Traralgon I did in 2017 was a terrifying C-road. The Kiewa Valley Hwy, and the roads from Wodonga to Yackandandah or Beechworth… pretty scary! Glad you had a successful trip – enjoy the drive home 🙂

  7. By: Scooter Posted: April 21, 2019

    Hey, congratulations! I’ve been thinking of you, hoping it was all going well. Great accomplishment!

    And thanks for the information that the Salt Creek Store is closed. We’ve been considering an Adelaide to Melbourne ride ourselves and might have gone that route.

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