Today, Mercer SuperCycle 2017 was community engagement day in a couple of spots.
Today was a day for windfarm viewing – Day 6 of Mercer SuperCycle 2017.
We started off the ride into a gorgeous morning at Wallaroo with a wave from Cathy, who has been a great supporter of SuperCycle over its history, and has previously organised civic receptions for us.
The pelotons headed east to Kadina, and then turned northeast up a long straight and mostly flat road to Bute. This is the middle of grain growing country at the top of the Yorke Peninsula, so the scenery mostly consists of mallee scrub along the road with endless paddocks behind that. This makes it not the most interesting scenery at 28kmh for a few hours, but we still enjoyed the run.
A drink stop at Bute was followed by a climb up the Barunga Gap and then a run down the other side into Snowtown. The hills through which the Barunga Gap cuts its way form part of the very southern Flinders Ranges. They have a huge number of wind turbines along the top (apparently because the wind is very consistent), which we could see from Wallaroo at sunrise.
Snowtown was a stop for coffee and cake, and for new people a chance to admire the Big Blade. This a wind turbine blade on its side which is a good demo of how huge the things are. As you can tell, Snowtown is not a tourist mecca (though a nice little town nonetheless).
The children from Blyth Primary were a happy welcoming party!
From Snowtown we had a quick run (still northwest) to Brinkworth. Then we turned south and had a tailwind run to Blyth (there’s a lot of towns around here that start with the letter B). At Blyth we had our first and sadly only school visit of this year’s event. The school visits are awesome, as the kids are usually ultra excited to see us, and that lifts everyone’s spirits. Super Sid came out from behind his mild-mannered alter ego and talked to the kids about what we are doing and why. They already had a fair idea as they’d been doing some activities based on our ride and the Under Our Roof project.
After a fun time at the school, we only had 14kms to go to get to Clare, and tonight’s accommodation, and lunch. The downside was that the 14kms include 6.5kms of climbing. Peloton 1 had a convenient mechanical issue at the start of the hill, when Pricey broke a spoke in his rear wheel (we think he snipped it), but made good time up after that. Peloton 2 were not far behind. And then it was a short run into Clare, some food, and a swim in the pool. These short days are great.
So good to see Super Sid make an appearance.
Last day tomorrow, which has come up quickly. 170kms to get back to Adelaide, with a nice northerly behind, so looking forward to a good day. Come out and see us at Kensington Park Oval at the end, it’d be good to have you there.