The weather forecast of high twenties fine conditions was dampened by reported wet freeway and showers to the north- would I have to modify my planned long and winding route across the hills to our Old Tailem Town destination?
A final check of the weather radar showed no showers from the designated Magill Rd BP meeting point (note to self- scratch this meeting point- NO COFFEE!) so six riders and three pillions headed straight up Old Norton Summit Rd, zigged across Range Rd to Summertown and onto Greenhill Rd, zagged down Swamp Rd- which is undergoing much needed resurfacing works, and was being watered down- the only wet road we would encounter, zigged onto Coldstore Rd/ Fox Creek Rd, zagged back to Lobethal, zigged onto the Gumeracha Rd, zagged onto Burford Hill Rd and finally into Mt Torrens.
We let our iron horses loose from Mt Torrens via Palmer to Murray Bridge for lunch break at McCues Bakery. From there it was a short ride to Old Tailem Town, where we spent 3 hours taking in reconstructed buildings from the South Australia's earliest colonial settlement, relocated country town buildings from the turn of the century complete with furnishings and effects, and many automobiles, farm machinery, fire engines etc gone to RIP, all having had a use and a history.
From our meander down memory lane we headed back up the freeway, exiting at Callington to take in the Princess Hwy route back across the hills to conclude our long and winding ride.