As soon as reached on the island, I saw this sign of Kangaroo with a bike. Later I realised that its the logo of the cycling cub in Kangaroo island. The journey to Kingscote was really sad with so many dead bodies of kangaroos on the side of the road. Literally 1 in every 100 meters. Which also shows the amount of wildlife in Australia.
On this very narrow highway road on the island, it was very difficult to ride on the left side of the white line. After a few kms, one of the passing cars stopped in front of me, and a lady came out and spoke to me. She happened to be a cyclist who has done many rides through Kangaroo island, and she warned me about the frequent accidents on the road. There are really big trucks that ply from the ferry various parts of the island. Then I started going off the road whenever I heard a big truck.
A cyclists couple on the Kangaroo island helped me to put up a tent in the backyard of their house, invited me to dinner, and also to use the shower. They gave me a lot of information about the roads and places to visit. I was carrying so much extra luggage that I decided to go to the post office, to pack it off to one of my friends in Melbourne.
I wanted to reach ‘Stokes Bay’, when some of the local people told me about a radio warning that it’s gonna be 42 degrees. But I didn’t mind the heat, and was excited about the ride through the gravel road.
It was really warm and windy after 11am, and I really struggled to ride against the strong headwind from the ocean. I was also running out of water. I saw only one or two cars pass by the entire day, and most of the time I had the entire road for myself. I was not sure about the water availability on the way, and drank only if really needed, till Stokes Bay.
At last, I reached the beautiful, 'Stokes Bay'.
I was so relieved after finding this place to have lunch. I was supposed to camp in Stokes Bay, but after lunch I decided to head off to Parndana, a town at a distance of a further 25 kms. I filled up more water from one of the restaurants, and started off towards Parndana.
It was almost dark. There is only one camping spot which is just behind one of the pubs, which was really expensive and beyond my budget. I opted to ride a bit further to find some bush camping. I found out a free camping spot location using the WikiCamp app, only to find nothing, after actually reaching there. I had to come back towards the pubs and try another option.
I happened to see a children’s park and did some stealth camping. It was really a struggle to fix the tent without making any sound, so as to hide away from people. I was hungry, and thankfully I had some leftover from lunch.
Breakfast time before heading to Flinders National Park.
I stayed two days in the Flinders National Park to explore natural destinations - Admiral Arch and Remarkable Rock. There are shuttle buses taking visitors to these places. But I preferred to leave my luggage in the tent and explore the places by bicycle.
I saw this kangaroo as soon as I left, and hit the road. As per the employees of National Park, it was a good idea to ride early in the morning to catch view of some wildlife.
I was trying to camp near the beach but I couldn’t find any spot. I found this place just near a small hill and put up camp.
Ants swarmed all around! Also, a few Kangaroos came to check out who had taken over their ground.
The ride from Vivonne Bay to Penneshaw: to catch ferry to Mainland. I have decided to stay away from the highway and go through this gravel road. No vehicles and lot of wildlife on the way.
I wanted to find a camping before it grew dark. I started riding, when I met this beautiful family who allowed me to put up my tent in their backyard. Steve too is a cyclist who has cycled around Australia.