Mercer SuperCycle board member, Dawn Garrett and her partner, Michael Garrett, went on their 2019 Roadie this past weekend, and wanted to let you all know just what they got up to…
Michael and I have returned from our Mercer SuperCycle Roadie, checking out the hot spots for next year’s route. We had so much fun! I just love our iconic Mercer SuperCycle route through South Australia. Mercer SuperCycle 2019 has everything SA can offer cyclists; quiet roads, small welcoming towns, great countryside, wine and, of course, food for every palate.
Day 1 starts from Adelaide – heading out through the Adelaide Hills, Woodside and Balhannah. Through the historic German town of Hahndorf, heading south to the famous Tour Down Under climb up Willunga Hill. After heading over the wall of the Myponga Reservoir (with a scenic stop on the way), we make our descent down the hill with a short ride along the pristine coastline to Wirrina Cove.
Day 2 – Yankalilla
Day 2 sees us leave Wirrina Resort, head north and into the beautiful Inman Valley. We journey down the south coast to Goolwa, Lake Alexandrina and the wine making area of Langhorne Creek, before ending the day at Murray Bridge.
Day 3 – Barossa Valley
Day 3 takes us into the heart of the Barossa Valley for a day of winding through vineyards, with fabulous views over the Barossa Valley from Menglers Hill. Just in time for a delicious wine tasting at the Barossa Valley Novotel Resort, Rowland Flat and dinner at Yalumba Wines in their Signature Cellar.
Day 4 – Seppeltsfield
Day 4 we begin our cycle winding our way north out of the picturesque Barossa Valley, through country towns, finishing the day at the historic mining town of Burra. We stay overnight at the Paxton Square Cottages, and catch up with the lovely Clare and Paolo at La Pecora Nera for a true Italian dinner that offers the best finish to the half way point.
Day 5 – Port Broughton
Day 5 it’s time to leave Burra behind us and head west to Wallaroo; a relaxing port town in the Spencer Gulf on the Yorke Peninsula, and enjoy a refreshing swim before dinner.
Day 6 is a shorter day, leaving Wallaroo and heading south to another famous wine district: the Clare Valley, where we will enjoy the rest of the day wine and beer tasting and enjoying the serenity of the surrounds of the Clare Country Club. The lake and the wildlife providing the opportunity to really enjoy the week that was on the final night.
Day 7 – Gorge Road Views
On the bittersweet last day, we make the return to Adelaide back through the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and down the iconic Gorge Road, before we meet our Police Escort at Kangaroo Creek Dam into our welcome home celebration at Kensington Gardens Reserve.
I can’t wait to see you all on Mercer SuperCycle 2019!
Chair of Mercer SuperCycle
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