Thursday, September 14, 2017

Up to Blinman, highest town in SA

We had a spectacular sunset at Parachilna, and after a good sleep in the container hotel option at the Prairie Hotel we headed off to Blinman, the gateway to the Flinders Range.


Day 8 - to Angorichina Station Slowly the road got rougher and steeper and we even encountered water on the road, which for the Kona fatbike was more fun then the trikes that have very low seats... We managed to get as far as halfway up the hills to Angorichina Station where we realised the tandem trike had a gear failure. We decided to stop for the night and rolled our swags out for the night, and attempted to fix the bike.

Conrad proved to be a star and after a mere four hours had the repairs under control, just needing to do the finishing touches in the morning.

The next morning, riding day 9, we headed back on the road after completing bike repairs. As expected the road went further up, corrugated and rough, emus, goats and kangaroos, a few tourists and us sweating up at a steady but slow pace.

 #OutbackCop Tiffany and offsider officer Lauren overtook us again by chance on their rounds, but without harassing us, which we all missed. Will have to ride without helmets next time to make sure they stop :)

Eventually we got to Blinman, South Australia's alleged highest township, above 600m elevation. We stopped here as it was time for a late lunch, one of their famous Cornish Pasties, of which they had just one left this late in the day. Everything else was equally delicious and staff very friendly.

Blinman is also home to the Camel your operation that supplied the camels for Tracks, the movie about Robyn Davidson trekking 1700 miles across the Australian outback with four camels and a dog in 1977. If we had spare days I'd go for a walk with the camels!

Tomorrow we have a long day ahead of us, early to bed, early to rise! Goodnite all!

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