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Day 30: Adelaide. Friday 28th May 2010

This morning we walked into Rundle Mall and looked around the shops. Then we walked to the Central Markets via Victoria Square. Adelaide has many beautiful old buildings and, of course, churches.

The markets are an assault on ones senses; so many sounds, smells and sights. There was a huge array of foods: meats, fish, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. We also explored many other shops and I was mortified to discover that the Velcro on my jacket had collected 2 pairs of woollen gloves after I’d left one shop, resulting in me accidentally shoplifting! I returned them of course.

After lunch at the market we caught the tram to Glenelg and went to the Bay Discovery Centre, revealing the history of Glenelg, and explored the shops along Jetty Road. Then we caught the tram back to the city. It was wet and we were very tired. We both got the giggles over dinner, made funnier by its inappropriateness.

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Day 31: Adelaide. Saturday 29th May 2010

It was pouring again! I can’t believe the amount of rain I’ve encountered in this trip. We finally ventured out in a lull between downpours and rode to Port Adelaide to visit the Aviation Museum. It was very interesting, with a comprehensive display of aircraft from air force to passenger planes (even a few rockets). You could climb into many of the cockpits of the planes.

We rode to Semiphore on the coast and along the Esplanade, but as the rain got heavier we took refuge in a cafe and had a long lunch.

Semiphore, in yet more rain…

The weather really put a dampener (pardon the pun) on our intentions to do more, so we headed back to our motel in the pouring rain. Later, after drying out, we walked into the city and enjoyed pizza and red wine for dinner.

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Day 32: Adelaide – Waikerie. Sunday 30th May 2010

We left Adelaide this morning in yet more rain...
A stop in Williamstown for coffee and then we set off to explore the Barossa Valley. We took the scenic route through the hills, enjoying the autumn colours.

We visited several wineries, tasting some really nice wines. Many of the not so expensive wines were just as nice as those in the higher price range. We eventually had a very late lunch (at around 4pm).

Visiting a winery in the Barossa Valley

Our original destination was to have been Renmark but it was getting dark and mist and drizzle had set in . Our first sighting of the Murray River was decidedly eerie – darkness falling, shrouded in mist, with dead trees sticking up out of the river as we rode across the bridge – it looked like something out of a horror movie. We pulled up at Waikerie and decided to stay the night.

Today’s distance: 280km

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Day 33: Waikerie – Mildura. Monday 31st May 2010

Leaving Waikerie we caught the ferry over the river and took the scenic route along the northern side of the Murray River.

The ferry across to the north side of the Murray River at Waikerie

The sun finally came out and, despite it not being overly warm, the day brightened. The river level here was very low with huge expanses of empty river bed. It was better at Renmark, though the water was a pale murky colour. The visitor information centre had an old steamboat set up as a display which we had a look at. Then we stopped to see the lock at Paringa and I was surprised to see how much difference there was between the water levels on each side of the weir.

We crossed the border into Victoria. On the road to Mildura there were lots of vineyards and citrus orchards. We had a late lunch (again) in Mildura. It was so nice to have sun again.

Today’s distance: 234km

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Day 34: Mildura. Tuesday 1st June 2010

We had a lazy morning before going for a paddle steamboat cruise on the Murray River. The cruise went downstream through a lock so I got to see firsthand how it worked.

Entering the Lock on the river cruise

There was a lot of bird life on the river, and many houseboats moored along the riverbanks.
We heard about the history of Mildura and the river system and about some of the paddle steamers that used the waters.

Houseboats on the Murray River

After lunch in town we visited Orange World. The tour took us through the orchard and explained the growing and harvesting processes. They have 10,000 trees, use 200 million litres of water to irrigate every year, and employ only 4 pickers full time. They also grow mandarins, cumquats, grapefruit and avocados. The guide was funny and entertaining, remembering our names and involving everyone.

Glenn picking me an orange

Odd fruit

Tonight we had a drink at the Brewery before a very yummy dinner at a Thai restaurant.

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