Mawson Trail

Cycling the Mawson Trail

RAWNSLEY PARK TO WILPENA POUND

20/05/2013   Rawnsley Park to Wilpena    27kms

A sad day because it is my last one cycling, so we went slowly and took lots of photos. Thanks to Liz and Scott for including me in their trip even though I only stayed for two weeks.  I had a ball, and have the sore muscles to prove it. Hope the trip to Darwin goes well and wish you all the best for the coming weeks.

Leaving Rawnsley Park for my last day cycling with Scott and Liz

Leaving Rawnsley Park for my last day cycling with Scott and Liz

Scott and Liz ready to leave Rawnsley Park

Scott and Liz ready to leave Rawnsley Park

Rawnsley Park Woolshed restaurant and windmill.

Rawnsley Park Woolshed restaurant and windmill.

On the road to Wilpena

On the road to Wilpena

On the road to Wilpena 2

On the road to Wilpena 2

All too soon we arrived at Wilpena, what a massive campsite!!!  We couldn’t decide where to camp, rain had been forecast and we didn’t want to find ourselves in the middle of a creek in the morning.  After we had finally set up our tents Liz and I went on a walk towards Wilpena Pound in case I don’t get a chance to see it in the morning.

Walking towards Wilpena Pound from Wilpena campsite

Walking towards Wilpena Pound from Wilpena campsite

A decided change of scenery, lots of gum trees, just beautiful.

More trees

More trees

Next day Adrian arrived in the rain to pick me up and homewards we go.  I was disappointed to leave the trip so early, but on the other hand I was so lucky to have two weeks cycling with good friends, a never to be forgotten trip, thanks again Liz and Scott.  Maybe I’ll get the chance to do it again one day!

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HAWKER TO RAWNSLEY PARK

18/05/2013   Hawker to Merna Mora Homestead   46kms

Picture on the side of Hawker General Store

Picture on the side of Hawker General Store

What can I say about Hawker?  A very small town with a general store that has a painting of an emu on the side.  We stayed in one of the two Caravan Parks for a night, used the camp kitchen, plugged everything in to recharge, ate and wrote up our journals.

Hawker General Store

Hawker General Store

We had a very good day on the tarmac road.  Lots of spectacular, arid scenery, emus, kangaroos and ranges.

Look yonder!

Look yonder!

Road to Merna Mora

Road to Merna Mora

Road to Merna Mora 2

Road to Merna Mora 2

Road to Merna Mora 3

Road to Merna Mora 3

and reached Merna Mora campsite at lunch time.  Bush camping at Merna Mora was cheap and beautiful.

Merna Mora Campsite

Merna Mora Campsite

Scenery from the Merna Mora Campsite.

From Merna Mora Campsite 1

From Merna Mora Campsite 1

From Merna Mora Campsite 2

From Merna Mora Campsite 2

19/05/2013   Merna Mora Homestead to Rawnsley Park    45kms

This ride was on the Muralana Scenic Drive, rough dirt road with corrugations, gravels, sharp rocks and lots of flies.  I had trouble on some of the dirt, particularly with my thinner tyres.   Really shocked myself by totally snaking out going downhill on a rough piece of road, actually stayed upright much to the amazement of Liz who was behind me, pity the video camera wasn’t going at the time!

Elder Ranges 1

Elder Ranges 1

Elder Ranges 2

Elder Ranges 2

Meralana Scenic Drive

Meralana Scenic Drive

Then back on the tarmac and a short ride to the caravan park.

Liz and I taking a break

Liz and I taking a break

Southern Wilpena Pound heading to Rawnsley Park

Southern Wilpena Pound heading to Rawnsley Park

Rawnsley Park Caravan Park was rather a shock to the system, it was full of grey nomads with their posh caravans and mobile homes.  The camp kitchen was rather like a library, very quiet, seated residents with their laptaps and tablets poring over the internet, we found out later that the only reception to be had was in the kitchen so this is where all things electronic gathered.   It was here that I called Adrian and found out that he was missing me and having trouble operating the business on his own, so I have made the sad decision to go back home to help out.

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QUORN TO HAWKER

17/5/2013 Quorn to Hawker 68kms
After much discussion and changing of minds it was decided to go to Hawker on the tarmac road. So an easyish day was had, we even had a tail wind for the later part of the journey.

Unknown nest in tree.

Unknown nest in tree.

LIz spotted several nests in a tree and stopped to take a photo. None of us could work out what had made this nest. It appeared to be made mostly of mud and was quite heavy, but was hanging from the tree by web. My best guess is some sort of wasp, but any suggestions would be appreciated.

One for Lindsay

One for Lindsay

This old car has seen better days, just dumped in a paddock.

Road to Hawker on the Mawson Trail.

Road to Hawker on the Mawson Trail.

We arrived in Hawker at about 4pm, time to settle in and plan the next few days.

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MELROSE TO QUORN

15/05/2013 Melrose to Quorn 65kms
A big day ahead if the weather is kind to us. Stopped in Wilmington, but were very disappointed with the place. Many houses and businesses were up for sale and there were no shops other than a small cafe, so after a quick Mars Bar we kept going.

Lunch stop on the road to Quorn.

Lunch stop on the road to Quorn.

We found a small creek cuting where we could shelter while having lunch, a bonus was the beautiful gum trees by the side of the road.

Gum trees on road to Quorn.

Gum trees on road to Quorn.

Onwards to Quorn….

Clouds on the way to Quorn

Clouds on the way to Quorn

And looking the other side of the road towards the lower Flinders Ranges.

Lower Flinders Ranges

Lower Flinders Ranges

16/05/2013 Quorn
In Quorn we were lucky enough to be able to stay with Warmshowers host, Paul Keen, who runs Wallaby Tracks Tours. Paul let us use his facilities and gave us beds for two nights, thanks very much Paul. We were also treated to a ride in Paul’s old car, a 1928 Model A Ford (eat your heart out Lindsay!)

Paul Keen in his old car.

Paul Keen in his old car.

LIz and I went for a walk to Powell Gardens, were I saw my first Quandong Tree in full fruit.

Quondong Tree in Powell Gardens

Quondong Tree in Powell Gardens

Liz in her best clothes in Powell Gardens.

Liz in her best clothes in Powell Gardens.

On our walk we saw a beautiful old house with a quirky painting on the wall.

Look carefully at the windows, you will see they are painted on.

Look carefully at the windows, you will see they are painted on.

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