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Monday, 1 June 2009


1st June – Monday

Today we headed for the Barossa Valley, only a 2½ hour drive from Meningie. Not as cold as previous mornings but very overcast. Very flat countryside until almost to Tailem Bend. We did get a glimpse of Lake Alexandrina on the way.

Not long after joining the main Melbourne/Adelaide highway, the truck chatter picked up on the 2 way, the main discussion being the large number of police motor bikes at a nearby weighbridge. Then a transport officer (or maybe a policeman) cut in to ask a truck why he didn’t pull in, it was compulsory and he was to turn around and return! We assume he did, but haven’t worked out why there was such a large police presence.

As we headed towards the Barossa Valley the weather closed in and the low clouds very quickly became thick fog, even some drizzle. This meant we didn’t get to see much in the way of scenery for some time.

We are staying at Nurioopta for a few nights (just round the corner from Wolff Blas!) and there are certainly plenty of grapes grown around here – I would hate to be a grape pruner, the rows are just endless. Some of the grapes have lost their leaves but many still have their autumn columns and are quite spectacular. There are 55 wineries in the region that are open to the public, however, I think we will select only a few to visit.

Today was the first time we have used our new ground cover under the awning – it works very well and looks very smart. Cat was very impressed!

1 comment:

Dave said...

Only two or three wineries? Well make sure you pick the best ones to get presents from...