Four Days To Coffin Bay

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I woke up early on Friday 27 October, over the last few days I had packed my panniers. Now to load the bike up and head to Krispe Kreme at Bolivar to meet up with the other people heading to Coffin Bay for the four day ride organised by the Adelaide Branch. As always any Ulysses member from any branch is welcome. It is common to get people from Torrens Valley, Fleurieu branches and others.

As I was sipping on a coffee and eating a donut, other members began to arrive and on departure at 8:30 we had four bikes and a car. As we are getting older more people are starting to use cars for these events, which is great that they can still come. We headed to Port Wakefield for a coffee and to pick up another rider who was running late, leaving for Port Augusta for lunch about 10am.

It was now getting quite hot and very windy, we also had a bit of rain making riding a little uncomfortable. At Port Augusta we stopped at the new OTR for fuel and lunch, here we were met up with James and Heather Bart, we now had two cars and seven or maybe eight bikes.

Temp still rising somewhere between 38⁰ to 40⁰C and still very strong winds, fuel economy due to the headwind was well down. A 30 minute fuel and rest stop at Cowell was welcomed by all.

We arrived at the caravan park about 5pm and checked into our cabins. Other people had arrived earlier in the day and some even the day before, some in tents and camper trailers. Mike Green and Caroline told us how hard it was to erect their tent in the strong wind. We had a total of 18 people for the BBQ tea in the camp kitchen / gazebo area that night.

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After a fabulous breakfast Saturday morning in the camp kitchen, we had a free morning so I went for a spin to Port Lincoln (45 kms away), I had a look around the town and visited a couple of OP shops but not finding anything of interest to buy. On my return I had heavy showers to contend with but they didn’t last long. I got back in time to do an oyster tour for about one hour. We got to sample five fresh oysters while listening to a commentary about their history in the bay.

That afternoon a few of us again braved the weather and went to Port Lincoln to the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum, which has been collecting stuff for a very long time. Dinner that evening was held at the Coffin Bay Hotel, we were picked up by their courtesy bus for a nice meal shared with great company.

Sunday again after breakfast in cool and wet weather all the bikes and two cars did a great ride around the peninsula from Coffin Bay to Elliston via Mount Hope and Sheringa, where we stopped for fuel and coffee (140 kms). We left for a stop at Lock (92 kms) to find literally everything in the town to be closed.

Moving on, we stopped at Cummins (82 kms) about 2PM and had lunch at the hotel. The staff were amused when we rearranged the dining room to accommodate our large numbers, and pleased when we put it back the way we found it when we left.

Most of the ride back to Coffin Bay was in very wet, windy weather a distance of 55 kms.  That evening some ventured out in the rain to go to the Coffin Bay Yacht Club just over 500 metres away. Me, I stayed dry in my cabin….   The evening ended with drinks in Ken and Michelle’s cabin, we stayed till about 11pm before heading to bed. I had done most of my packing, just a few minutes in the morning and to load up the bike. I was planning on leaving about 8:30 after breakfast. I was due home about 4:30.

After breakfast Monday morning and saying goodbye to everyone I headed to Kimba at about 8:30. It was still very windy and I had a couple of clearing showers. At Kimba I fuelled the bike and went to see the newly painted silo there, what a beauty, it is well worth a visit. The rest of the ride home was uneventful arriving about 5pm just in time for our weekly family tea at my daughter Jacqualine’s home.

This was another great weekend away, I love these and I’m looking forward to more as I’m sure everyone else is, we have a lot of great people from all the branches that enjoy these getaways. At the end of Nov, Quorn here we come, another four-dayer…

Guy Malpass #10680

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