Day 62: Thu 28 Aug 2014: Wellington, South Australia
Wellington, South Australia
If this were le Tour, today would be considered a transition day. But, just like le Tour, even transition days can have exciting moments. Like the seals leaping out of the water in from of the ferry. Or the ferry ride from Penneshaw back to Cape Jervis - I always like a boat ride and it's that much more fun when you have to load the car and van on. They put a road train full of sheep in next to us! 45minute trip X 600 sheep = big smell!
We stopped in at Kingscote on the way past to have lunch and buy lots of KI honey. Amanda got something nice to take home for Emma.
The drive to Wellington involved the long windy traverse back through the Fleurieu Peninsula and across the edge of the Adelaide Hills region. It is beautiful country with rolling green hills, vineyards, sheep and cows, pretty stone cottages and coastline. I could never get sick of driving down those tunnels of gum trees. There is a moment where you make a hard right turn on the Main South Rd between a narrow gap in the sheep-contoured grass-covered hills and come face to face with the sun shining off the Gulf St Vincent.
It's a long drive though and by the time we made it to Wellington we were very glad to sit down to a hearty pub steak at the oldest country hotel in SA on the banks of the Murray River. I was so excited to see the Murray River. It's another thing that looms large in my childhood memory, probably from TV shows and primary school assignments about sheep farmers, early settlers and paddle steamers. It's about 200m wide here, with lots of pelicans and other water birds. The country around is dairy farms.
The image is sunrise over the Murray River at Wellington.