What a difference a day makes when it comes to weather and cycling.
The Kangaroo Island Bicycle Users Group ride for March was called off the week before with the temperature above the 32 degree ride limit.
So it was gratifying to see the temperature drop after the heat wave to a pleasant start of the "Emu Bay and Wisanger" circuit for the 18 riders.
The 36km ride is the shorter option detailed in the most recent BUG ride pamphlet.
There are now six pamphlets of various rides across the Island available from various information outlets on the Island, Bike SA and selected bike shops in Adelaide.
The KI Bicycle User Group endeavours to support local businesses as part of the ride be it a winery, brewery, restaurant, honey farm etc and this time we started and ended the ride at Emu Bay Lavender.
The nominated ride leader for the day actually lead from behind as the driver of the support vehicle.
The vehicle indicates that there are cyclists ahead and provides top up water etc.
Shortly after commencing a new rider discovered that the bike she had brought along was woefully inadequate making it very hard work.
Fortunately a spare bike in the support vehicle enabled a swap and with determination she completed the ride.
Two other new riders to the group were welcomed as were an overseas couple who had cycled with us before.
Cycling along the picturesque Rose Cottage Road led up the major hill for the day with a fantastic down hill overlooking Smith Bay.
The group was slowed down with a head wind and many were relieved to stop and visit the quirky gardens at Turner's Castle for respite before meeting up again at one of Kangaroo Island's best secrets - the old Wisanger School.
With the day progressively getting warmer, coupled with the head wind, riders were pleased to arrive and settle in for a great meal and chat to end the day.
Next ride: Sunday, March 24 at Stokes Bay Hall. A one-way 32 km ride for a barbecue lunch at Snellings Beach. Contact Martine 8553 0383. All welcome.