Hugging the coast from Goolwa to Victor Harbor, the 31km Encounter Bikeway follows bike paths, back roads and foot paths. A brochure is available from the Victor Harbor website.
I had ridden the bikeway before, but only from the bridge at Goolwa to the causeway at Victor Harbor. Today I rode the whole trail, some 7-8km longer, and then I rode back as well - last time I only rode one way. I rode 63km.
The trail is well sign-posted, except for in Port Elliot. I got lost going both ways, even with a map, there are a few signs missing at critical junctions in the town. The bike paths are the best bits to ride on, I think, and on the roads along the coast. Some of the roads inland are just houses and more houses, both old and crusty and contemporary new homes.
Riding back was quicker, because I didn't stop much except for 10 minutes to each some lunch, and I had a tail wind. Also, no photos on the way back.
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|Goolwa to Victor||Return ride|
|Distance: 32.2km||Distance: 31.2km|
|Start time: 8:50am||Start time: 11:25am|
|End time: 11:25am||End time: 1:20pm|
|Moving duration: 2h 05m||Moving duration: 1h 35m|
|Stationary duration: 30m||Stationary duration: 20m|
|Moving average: 15.4km/h||Moving average: 19.6km/h|
|Overall average: 12.7km/h||Overall average: 16.2km/h|
|Max speed: 35.7km/h||Max speed: 41.6km/h|