Well yesterday the forecast for today looked grim, and overnight we had a fair bit of rain. This meant that starters for today’s ride from the Top of Taps were few and far between. For a while, it looked like being the ride leader and pillion, the two tail end charleys and Ivan, who had already ridden from Angaston. It takes a lot to put Ivan off! However, by start time we had 9 starters. Just as well, because today was the last day for a group maximum of 10 people under the Covid rules. From tomorrow onwards, we are allowed 20.
As expected, the traffic was light, the roads were wet, the skies were 50 shades of grey, yet miraculously we managed to avoid most of the rain. The heaviest shower occurred while we were enjoying morning tea under the awning at the Milang Bakery! Rob was an early scratching due to a fuel problem. Bernie joined us at Milang.
From Milang, we headed via main roads to Victor, then out via Range Road, heading west. We very rarely ride Range Rd in this direction, and although familiar, it is a quite different ride going this way. I hasten to add, it was pretty blustery with strong swirling winds, but otherwise quite dry. Down through Parawa, (which was also benign today. It can rain at Parawa when there isn’t a cloud in the sky!) and into Yankalilla the back way.
There was the usual humungus queue at the bakery, which has been doing takeaway only since the pandemic started. The outside tables and chairs have been roped off since then as well, which is just totally dumb. I understand this was due to the local cop issuing the bakery with a fatwah forbidding the use of the tables. So everybody stands toe to toe in the queue, breaching the social distancing rules anyway. If this is the new normal, I want the old normal thanks. The sooner the better!
So all in all, it wasn’t nearly as bad as expected. We dodged a bullet weatherwise. You should have been there.
Click here for a map of the ride.