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Published: January 15th 2006
Riding along the foreshore bike path
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Instead of a Sunday walk this week to get our dose of 'serenity' we did a very pleasant 20 km bike ride from Semaphore to North Haven.
The path was very simple, we headed from our place down Hart street to the bike track on the Esplanade foreshore and headed North towards Outer Harbour. If you have bikes, you can catch the train from Adelaide to Glanville station (Outer Harbour line) and head down Semaphore Road and down to the jetty. From here you can join the bike path. A map of the bike path (number 5 in the series) is available
What happened ...
The weather was fabulous; overcast, calm, with the temperature peaking only at 27°C.
At Semaphore we saw the Greek Festival
in full flight (tents, music, hundreds of people, many smokey “lamb on a spit” gently turning), as well as sideshows (Gravitron, Cha-Cha, Dodgem cars etc), the miniature steam train
(which runs on weekends during the school holidays from Semaphore to Fort Largs) and the historical Semaphore Palais
(a large function centre built on the foreshore).
From Semaphore to Taperoo the bike path passes through the sand dunes. The unique plants which grow
Hart street ends at the beach
This is where we join the bike path
in sand dunes can be easily observed here. The section of the path after Largs has five wooden bridges which were built to allow safe animal traffic under the bike path. We cruised past Largs kiosk (a usual stopping place) and stopped briefly to look at some of the information poles that are interspersed along the bike path. We took a photo of the one that described the old boat that was used in 1880 as a floating prison for delinquent boys as a friend of ours wrote a book about it. A review of "The Hulk"
We had a routine stop on “Pig face hill” (the top of Strathfield Tce.). From here the path follows Lady Gowrie Drive past my old high school and into the up-market suburb of North Haven.
We had our picnic lunch by the marina at North Haven (much easier to carry our lunch in bike panniers rather than using backpacks on our bush walks). Among the boats we saw dolphins, pelicans and shags. We visited Oma T for coffee and then stopped in on Paddy and Iris in North Haven before heading home. A very pleasant outing indeed.
Dan says …
We normally only ride to Pig face hill on our bike rides, but when we got there Dad said that we had to keep going as this was a replacement for our walk. We had a good selection of rolls for lunch - it was like taco night.
At Oma T’s I watched Banjo the wood pile cat and I had a go at the tread mill. I got my heart rate up to 125 bpm.
At Paddy and Iris’s I played with the grumpy old cat called Tosca - but he wasn’t really that grumpy, he just didn’t want to be picked up. Do you know why cats don’t like to be picked up - because some people have freezing hands. Paddy let me look through his binoculars. One side was clear, and the other side had height, diameter and a compass that showed numbers. With the binoculars I could spy on Mum and Dad, and from the balcony I could see boats and kites. I had some time on their computer. It was a bit old and slow, but I was able to find a cheat site for Pokemon. Someday I am going boating with Paddy and I will sit on the front of the boat so that Mum can take a photograph for the blog.
When it came time to go home I thought we would take a taxi, but no, we had to ride home.
This week's joke:
Q: Why did the spider log on to the computer?
A: Because he wanted to play on the web.
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