Wellington to Milang

I rode the Southern Ocean Drive today. The signs are a bit old and weathered but they give you the feeling there is a tourism experience to be had.

All day the wind came in from behind!! Average speed in the 14s to start with and then, on the 19k into Milang the ave was 15.1! Totally wind assist but I no complain.

In the middle of flat, windswept salt pans this house is being built. The grey/green coloured wood is the result of the anti-termite treatment.

The ride to Langhorne Creek was slightly uphill but with the wind in the right place and very little traffic, it was knocked over quite quickly. The countryside was flat and probably boggy if it ever rains. The occasional dry lake with a salt coating was visible from the road and once one with water in it.

Closer to L Creek the vineyards of the region began. Some vines were green and bushy, some were turning yellow while some had lost their leaves. Why the difference I don’t know. If I get the chance to enquire I will.

The group of Bike Friday riders

At the Langhorne Creek cafe I met a group of Bike Friday riders. They had been to an annual get together of BF riders. Around 100 took part. Bike Fridays are a special, strong touring bike that can be taken apart and placed in a suitcase for air travel.

This group of 9 BF riders were taking the opportunity for a few days tour after the main event. They were riding a various BF models between them – including a tandem as you can see.

Back to vines left and right with majestic gums either side

The second leg to Milang was over even quicker than leg 1. Another quiet ride trafficwise, smooth road, wind assist, most enjoyable.

Shack town, Milang.

The rest of the town is seaside normal but this section really is shack central. I will find out why later.

Tent up, tiny supermarket raided, paper to read .. I am set up for the evening.

About time our Prime Minister called the election. What’s he scared of.

Waiting to hear from Sue. She should be aboard the ferry in an hour or two and in Melbourne tomorrow morning.

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.

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