Day 168: Portland to Port Fairy - A happy ride around Australia (third attempt) - CycleBlaze

November 12, 2022

Day 168: Portland to Port Fairy

Start: 7:10am
Distance: 85km
Ride time:   5:48hours
Average:  15km/hr 
Max: 40km/hr
Finish: 1:30pm

I looked for the koalas this morning and couldn't find them. 

There were lots of horses on the outside of town.
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Today will be a day of wood carvings.

I saw this horse a few farms away.
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And this sheep many kms away.
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Fitzroy River.
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A wind farm in Codrington.
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It was generating a lot of electricity today. It was very windy. It started off as a crosswind and as I changed direction, it became a headwind. 

The landscape was gentle undulating green pastures for sheep and cattle.
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There was a good shoulder the whole way and there were no log trucks.

I saw this beautiful callistemon display in Yambok.
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There were a few small New Holland honeyeaters tweeting about in them.

I like dry stone walls.
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charles reimerThose Dry-stone Walls

Bruce Munday
With photos by Kristin Munday

South Australia is blessed with beautiful stone – stone with colour, texture and light. Some of our stone structures have stood for 150 years, never touched by mortar.

The stories behind these stone walls are captured in this book, first published in December 2012 and launched by David Williamson.

The book sold out four times and was reprinted with revisions.

‘Those Dry Stone Walls’ is now out of print again. Wakefield Press and I have decided that rather than go to a fourth reprint I should write a second edition – a lot has happened since 2012 and there is a much more to say about this otherwise obscure topic. I have now completed this and expect that it will be published around mid-2022 (WhooHoo!). Should be good.
Buy The Book

If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of the new edition or simply want to say hello, please contact Bruce as indicated below.

Bruce Munday
Ph: 0417 895 249
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Vince McCarthyThank you Charles.
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A worn out old horse.
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Today was a tough day. The headwind was persistent. I had to use low gears to make progress. The temperature was mild.

The town received the award in 2012.
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The town is very pretty with lots of old houses and commercial buildings. 

The town was also known as Belfast. It's a little confusing to work out why the name is now Port Fairy.

This ANZ bank was built from bluestone in 1853.
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This flour mill was built in 1856. It became a butter factory in 1914.
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Mills Cottage 1841.
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I had a coffee in town to warm up.

And then checked into the Gardens Caravan Park. There were several wood carvings by Mark Rosenbrock. I thought they were all very good so here they are:

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Annie O'SheaThe carvings are absolutely magnificent that bloke is very clever
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These cast iron gates to the garden were originally built in 1885.
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I liked these Tiffendell Gold button flowers. A South African native.
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I went to the very windy beach.

Ideal conditions for kite surfing.
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The path to Griffiths Island.
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It is a reserve for shearwater birds. This is one of their nests.
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The Port Fairy lighthouse was built in 1859.
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This walrus was in a nearby park.
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No koalas today. $25.
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Today's ride: 85 km (53 miles)
Total: 9,728 km (6,041 miles)

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Mike AylingI understand that Port Fairy was named after a ship called the Fairy that
called there regularly by the captain of that ship.
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Vince McCarthyThank you Mike.
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Rita McCarthyThose wood carvings are very impressive!
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Kathleen ClassenWe were there in 2019 after a family wedding. We loved Port Fairy.
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Vince McCarthyA great little town.
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