There are limits to how many meals of rolled oats one can eat in a day
Feeding the Hungry Cyclist Paul
a.k.a Breaking The Gastronomic Routine
Despite having read many times of really creative meals being cooked by cycle tourists and hikers, it was never not going to be five star dining for me when out on the road. My reasoning was excuses were simple.
Firstly, after a day of encouraging my fully loaded two-wheeled walking stick over more than one hill or navigating it through kilometres of rock strewn tracks, the last thing I felt like using any of my remaining energy on, was cooking
Secondly and possibly more importantly, all the gear needed to cook this feast for the eyes and stomach was bloody heavy
Thirdly, and possibly a slight contradiction to the previous, when I do have to cook, it has to be simple and nutritious. This is where “one pot meals” come into their own. They are no substitution to home cooked meal, but they are easy and effective.
So now, for convenience and where possible, mostly I eat simple fare from local pub, cafes or take-aways.
Seeing as I am not trying to travel on twenty cents a day, I am more than willing to support the local economy by spending $10 – $15 on a counter meal from a hotel I am passing if possible.
On the basis of only one a day obviously, otherwise I would never move forward (in a straight line) because each meal (also obviously) has to be accompanied by a pint of the publican’s finest ale.
Good luck to those who do take the preparation and cooking time needed to enjoy an elaborate roadside cook up, I tip my cycling helmet to you.
I hope you enjoy it, but I will take that extra time for sleeping thank you very much.
The bright colours of Spring and Autumn have faded and now the park's skeleton takes pride of place. Winter brings a different beauty to the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens. There is a stark beauty to the gardens when Winter wraps the hillside in it's moist, wet embrace and it it now the rich textural bones of the tree trunks or moss-covered boulders that from time to time draws the eye.
Located in the north-eastern corner of Ngarkat Conservation Park on the border with Victoria, a two and a half hour drive from Adelaide, Box Hill Flat, was, from 1871 to 1894 Box Flat was an outstation of Garra Station and operated as a pastoral station. Box Hill Flat is a wetland area of the Mallee district that has been used by the traditional owners for thousands of years before European settlement. Referred to as an “ephemeral wetland”, it is dry in summer, but come the winter rains, it can be inundated with water.
For the brave, this will be a tough ride in one of Australia's harshest and most challenging locations. Again, just to be clear, I have the emphasise that this is not a beginner's ride! It will be hot at any time of the year; half of the ride is shared with four wheel drives, caravans and many, many interstate long-haul trucks. Most likely you will be sharing the main highway with passing motor homes and their inquisitive companions, out for their annual road trip. Spend a day or so taking in the sights at Koonalda, the caves.
Located in Cobbler Creek Recreational Park a short drive north of Adelaide, this track is a combination of two trails that will take the rider (or walker) around the perimeter of the park. Be prepared for a mixture of trail surfaces that vary from extremely rocky to sandy and everything in-between. There is also one short section where you may want to dismount where a steep gully has to be negotiated, but apart from that, with care and a sturdy mountain bike, the rest of the route can be ridden.
We may be a cashless society, so the last thing you need is for your plastic to fail. The last thing that you want to do have your holiday disrupted or worse, ruined because you have run out of money and your can't access your reserves. Before leaving home,withdraw or spend a few dollars from each card, just to make sure that they work.
This is the ongoing story of Bulgarian born Iohan Gueorguiev who is on a (so far) two year journey across North America, following the mountains through the western side of the continent and paddling around The Darien Gap on the Atlantic side.
This is a personal first, finding a rail trail that may not even yet be (officially at least) a rail trail doesn't happen very often, but from I can find, I think I may have found one. To be honest, the track was more than a little rough; it was overgrown and desperately in need of attention, but it was a fun, uncomplicated ride with only a few minor obstacles. I have graded it as "moderate" not for any complexities or challenges, but rather that it can be rough and will require some "staying on bike" skills. It is probably not for the first-timers.
This was one of several trails I had been looking to ride while cycling the Lower Flinders Ranges in early 2017 and on arriving at the trailhead on the northern outskirts of Laura, it was looking like an easy ride. Following an old railway route that ran north from Gladstone, the trail is well constructed with a layer of fine compacted gravel providing a firm surface for the entire 7km length. The trail has a slight incline from Laura that is barely noticeable and I was able to maintain a good speed for the full length.
On the very outskirts of Melrose in the Lower Flinders Ranges, this is a short easy trail meandering through quiet horse paddocks. Commencing on the corner of Dorrington Street and Horrocks Highway, this trail leads gently down and away from the road, quickly leaving this distraction behind. Even though the trail officially ends on the southern edge of the Melrose Oval, you could follow the blue posts and extend your ride up behind the oval to ride the Melrose to Wilmington Rail Trail starting on Cordon Road.
Located in the mid-north of South Australia, this is a 12 kilometre section of the partially open rail-trail that will (when finished) link Melrose and Wilmington, a distance of 24 kilometres along a disused rail corridor. At the time of writing (Jan 2017) only the section from Melrose to where the trail crosses Horrocks Highway was open. Remember also that the trail is reasonably remote, so make sure you have sufficient food and water for the return trip of about 20 kilometres as there are no facilities along the trail.
Located on the banks of the Canning River (or ‘Dyarlgaard’) is Nyungar country with the Beeliar people being one of the traditional owners and providing them with a plentiful source of food, including fish, eggs, snakes and lizards.