A 38.9km ride on a very pleasant spring afternoon in Adelaide takes me along the Mike Turtur Bikeway to Glenelg, then south to the start of the Marino Rocks Greenway ride back to the city.
Check out the stats and map on the Garmin Website here.
The bikeway is sprinkled with quirky works of art along it’s length that keep riders entertained.
A “chainlink” couple take their “chainlink” dog for a walk above.
This collage can be seen in the section just after the Morphetteville Race Track.
Standing Tall On Surf-Ari – A Sculptor by Chris Murphy
I still have no idea why this giraffe is here. The plaque reads….
“Hi my name is Gene The Giraffe. I was created on 20th January 2014 at Blue Temper Ironworks Middleton. My internal frame is made of round bar and 215 patches were hand cut and shaped to make my legs, head, body and my cheeky smile.”
The cycle path ends at the junction of Brighton Road and Jetty Road at Glenelg some 15km from the city centre. From here follow Jetty Road down to Mosley Square where the tram terminates. Here you will find a vibrant cafe and resturant pedestrianised square perfect for a rest before tackling the beachfront path south to Marino Rocks.
At this point you can of course point your front wheel north and follow the cycle path some 25kms as far as Port Adelaide. We will leave that for another day though as we continue south.
Approximately 2km south of Mosley Sq will bring you to a funky little cafe situated right on the waterfront. The cafe is popular with cyclists and dog walkers alike. Very popular on weekend mornings, I can vouch for the quality of the coffee.
The beachfront esplanade ride south of the cafe is very pleasent and offers stunning views along the coast as far as the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.
You can of course elect to drop down onto the sand if the tide is out. Not recommended on a swish road bike however. There is something extremely satisfying about riding on the sand with a warm breeze at your back.
The area around Brighton Jetty offers good value cafe and resturant dining with a fine pub (or hotel as the Ozzies say) right on the front. You may even be rewarded with a sighting of local dolphin cruising past the end of the jetty.
From Brighton Jetty the bike path turns inland through back streets of Brighton and Marino but as no less interesting.
More to come…….