Sunday, December 16, 2007

Encounter Bikeway

I got a nice sun tan today. I set off early, but then lost track of time. Yep, that sunnies mark on the side of my face. And one better, nice arms - but what's with the white hands? Riding gloves. Not a good look.

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

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