Casterton to Dergholm. Um. To Penola instead.

The map shows the original plan – but it changed and I can’t draw another using the phone.

It was a wet night in Casterton and that meant cloudy which in turn meant warm(ish). I had a comfortable night in the tent but in the morning things was a bit wet.

The early morning cleaner let me into the Laundry and from that once dry area I was able to sort things out and pack up.

Took a while though and left the Laundry a clean but wet area.

While packing up I saw this. It is included for you, Sue.

Cycling out of town, slowly I passed these.

Outside the Town Hall
Outside Kelpie World or similar named theme park.

They livened up 40 minutes best forgotten. 4.2 ks out of Casterton the road stopped going uphill! Much of it needed bottom gear.

But then we turned onto a C road, the traffic stopped and the road surface was just so smooth….

The 15 k water stop. Showers.

What a road! No hard shoulder but no traffic so all good.

Once the climb was over the road ran downhill for a while and then bottomed out and became rather flat. Roadside trees were full of bird life. Parrots, parakeets, raven and magpies. The white cockatoos kept up a squarking which ran from tree to tree as I passed. I think they were telling each other “Hey, look at this weird thing heading your way”.

Stop 2. A handy drive to park in
Just had another shower
The road keeps looking empty

With the showers I am riding rugged up as per yesterday. Not hot at any stage – just comfortably warm. The rain brings out the smell of the eucalyptus. Mostly great but the occasional tree is the gum that smells like Piss Ants. Every now and again there is a lovely spicy smell. What it is I don’t know.

And then, the el cheapo Chinese phone selfie at the border.
Good Grief. We are in South Australia. Not only that – we are in the Coonawarra wine district.

Just after the sign the road surface changed to a smooth tarmac and a splendid hard shoulder accommodated the trike. For 3 kilometers!! After that back to no hard shoulder bit the smooth tarmac stayed.

Magnificent roadside gum trees
And then we arrived at Penola

So, why the change of plan? Dergholm was of interest as it was part of the Chinese Miners walking track. As other towns have yielded no information about this (and the weather isn’t too good) I decided to go the short route to Penola and get a cabin there to dry everything out.

Author: antc1946

Born in 1946 I learnt to cycle about 10 years later. On a bike with rods connecting brake levers to the brakes - anyone remember those? I emigrated to Australia (from the UK) in 1974 and moved to Tasmania in 1984. Bicycles were in my life for most of that time although sometimes they were replaced by motorised two wheels for a bit more excitement. On reaching 70 I decided to stick to pedal power but in 2019 an electric recumbent made an appearance. it's now 2023 and I have 3 bikes. 2 e-recumbents and the Brompton.

2 thoughts on “Casterton to Dergholm. Um. To Penola instead.”

  1. Good to see you plugging along, Tony. Looks like good, warm, sunny weather is on its way for you very soon. I remember staying in Penola for a night in 1998. All I remember from that town was that Mary MacKillop performed miracles and was made a saint. Tailwinds to you, Emily

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    1. Yes. Found out all about “our” Saint this morning. It does look like good weather is on the way. Maybe even a 32C! I didn’t think anyone in Penola has seen a trike before and then a couple came to talk and tell me all about their daughter and her 63 speed Green speed. I look forward to catching up with your travels when Sue delivers my laptop at the end of next week.


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