Euston to Adelaide
Cycling from Euston to Mildura was maybe one of our toughest days yet as the wind and small hills got the best of us as we struggled to complete our 75km milestone towards Mildura. As the hours ticked by so the wind got stronger. After cycling about 1100km on our adventure we finally said goodbye to New South Wales and entered a new state, Victoria.
After about 6hours on our bicycles we finally reach Mildura and went straight to Woolworths to buy some food as we ran out the previous day. We found a nice, big park next to the Murray River and ate a whole break, half a bottle of Peanut Butter, two snickers chocolates and 2l of cola on the spot!
It was time for our rest day in Mildura and it was really a fascinating little town next to the Murray River.
There are several theories as to the origin of the name Mildura. While it was the name of the sheep station, without precedent in the English language, most historians believe it to have originated from Indigenous Australian words. However the etymology of Mildura is not entirely certain as in several of the local dialects the words have different meanings. The word “dura” is generally thought to mean “earth”, “sand” or “rock”, at least in Latje Latje language. However, usage of the word ‘mill’ can vary in dialect and is used to mean “red” or “water”, and thus, interpretations of the name can vary from “red earth” to “water rock”.
Mildura is a major agricultural centre notable for its grape production, supplying 80% of Victoria’s grapes. Many wineries also source grapes from Mildura.
We found a shed where we had the chance to charge our electronic equipment and just chilled out the day.
As we continued towards Renmark, the strong head winds continued. We were making slow progress but kept on pushing to reach Adelaide on schedule. Rainy nights was nice to sleep in but not the same to when you need to get up and get the wet tent in its bags. Huge mess!!
The breakdowns decided that it was time to to make our days a bit more difficult. In two day we had two punctures, hub problems and three broken spokes. This did not stop us as we still made good progress and stayed on schedule.
We said goodbye to Victoria, the state with the most flies to date and entered South Australia.
As we headed towards Waikerri Ulrich got another puncture! The bad luck really hit him this week. The scenery just got more beautiful as we past The Big Orange and continued to cycle through the wine farms. At some point I thought I was back in Stellenbosch. We cycle past Australia’s biggest wine farm, Berri Estates. I was speechless as I never seen a wine farm anything close to this one!
After seeing the Biggest Wine Farm in my life the Vineyards started and yet again i was speechless. This was by far the biggest Vineyards I’ve seen! It stretched for kilometers on end and then it will only be one wine farm. No photo will ever justify what we have seen.
The last two days towards Adelaide was very nice cycling days. The wind calmed down and our average speed increased dramatically. We had a few huge hills but was actually nice to get to the top of every single one.
As we chilled in the little town of Truro some elderly people stated to speak to us about our journey. One lady gave us $10 and said we had to go and buy some ice creams and just before all of them got onto the bus one guy slipped $50 in my hand. We could not believe our luck as we had to buy a couple of spares when we get to Adelaide and this will definitely help us with that.
Our last day from Nuriootpa to Adelaide the wind was in our favor and reached our 80km stretch to Adelaide at 13:00. We stopped at Mc Donald’s again for our cheap cone ice creams and the cycled to Robbo’s house where we will chill out for a couple of days.
We reached our first milestone and looking forward to the rest of Australia!!