Under a grey sky on a chilly Sunday morning, 18 intrepid Kangaroo Island Bicycle Users Group members gathered for a circuit ride beginning at Clifford's Honey Farm in the picturesque farming district of Haines.
The regular hard core group was joined by three newbies, Henry from Kingscote, and former residents Nigel and Willy, who had returned to the Island for a visit.
Just as we set off El Presidente (Manfred) made a slightly late, but grand entrance, having ridden from Kingscote.
He was of course on his electric bike, but perhaps due to jet lag, had miscalculated the distance and the wind direction.
However, it was good to have the President and the First Lady back on home territory.
With such a large number of riders the group was well spread out, but this didn't inhibit plenty of social interaction and swapping of stories of recent adventures along the way.
Road conditions were very good, especially along Three Chain Road, where the smooth surface and a tail wind pushed the group along at a cracking pace.
We encountered little traffic and apart from one tiger snake crossing the road, wildlife sightings were scarce.
When the group reformed at the corner of Three Chain and Milky's Roads it became evident that the rather roughly estimated distance for this ride (34 kilometres) was just a bit out.
The harsh reality was more likely to be 44 kilometres! This brought the credibility of the ride leader into question, but did not seem to diminish the enthusiasm of the participants.
The last stretch along Moore's Road was quite a push, but with the lure of a picnic lunch followed by honey ice cream, was enough to keep the pedals turning. So ended another good day on the bikes.
Each year we have an Off-Island cycle, this time we're off to Melrose to explore the rail trails and back roads. Ride days are November 2-3. If you're interested in joining us contact Jean on 0498 649 967. - Clunky Gears