Today started with bright sunshine, we decided against joining Larna and Peter for 5 km Park Run http://www.parkrun.com.au or back in the UK http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/ but they are everywhere. Knees and apathy both making good excuses to watch but the word run in the title is misleading you can walk them as well.
It rained much of last night with winds of 30 km/h, a good night not to be in a tent! We did intend to get up and get out for an early morning swin and some yoga (with Peter and Lana) but somehow those comfortable beds held us down and we could not move until much later.
A good day for contemplation and sorting things out. After breakfast and a clothes wash it was down to the library to try and upload our photographs to the cloud, as a corrupted sd card or lost camera would not be good. Unfortunately the speeds are so slow here I gave up, 2 minutes to upload 10 mb (0.083 mbps! Feels like dial up speeds) quite shocking really.
It was time for a little shopping in between rain showers, then on the walk back we didn’t quite manage the in between showers bit and got wet.
Today was the first morning it felt really cold, by the time everything was all packed up fingers were numb!
Out of Coffin Bay there is a nice sealed road with a good shoulder, very quickly we were riding through farmland and at 14 km it rejoins the Flinders Highway.
Another very leisurely start, moving all our things from the tent to a picnic bench overlooking the bay where we prepared and ate breakfast.
Instead of heading to Port Lincoln today we went the opposite direction out to the Coffin Bay National Park.
There are a number of basic camp grounds in the park (composting toilets only and no water), we are going to stop at the Yangie Bay Campground.
Yet another day off today, a late get up then once again our laundry needed doing. A fabulous porridge breakfast was prepared while things were washing and drying.
There was an Emu wandering around the campground casually snacking on the now fast growing grass.
Once again a very wet tent and a morning mist today, but with a nice undercover area packing up was still easy and dry. We wrote in the visitors book then cycled the 3 km back to the Flinders Highway.
After what we thought was a leisurely pack up we still managed a 9.00 am start. On leaving the campground we cycled along the main street past the shop and out on to the Flinders Highway.
The highway started off with the same ups and downs of yesterday, but very quickly opened out into flatter areas of pasture land populated by sheep. It was very reminiscent of Yorkshire without the hills, dry stone walls, cloth caps and whippets but plenty of limestone everywhere.
Everything was very damp again this morning after a very still night so we delayed a little and left around 9.00 am with the tent feeling only a little dryer.
The sun was up and it was a perfect cycling day, either no wind or a very gentle breeze behind us. The 8 km backtrack to the Flinders Highway from Venus Bay passed quickly then once again a very quiet cycle along the highway.
The road was more up and down today, never too much up though! As we continued South East the countryside changed to very open farmland, often flocks of grazing sheep raised their heads and were so shocked to see cyclists they ran off.
As it is such a lovely place here in Venus Bay we stopped another day. I got up before sun rise to try my hand at those squids again, all to no avail, failed again. On returning to the campsite for breakfast and a cup of tea wondering where to try next, another caravanner suggested trying off the rocks past the end of town for Garfish.