Day 18 of the “Ultimate Australian Rail Holiday” Saturday 4th June 2016
Our other travelling companions have gone on an included city sight-seeing tour this morning. We had dropped that from our itinerary in order to maximise time catching up with friends. As it happens, we have a few hours spare, so, despite the possibility of rain, we head off for a walk.
A good starting point for anyone new to Adelaide is to walk along King William Road until it reaches North Terrace. You will find many of the grand institutions on North Terrace: the museum, art gallery, library, university, hospital and so on. Government House is on the King William corner, and in front of it stands the South African War Equestrian Statue, which commemorates the 1531 South Australian men, and their 1500 horses, who served in the Second Boer War of 11 October 1899 to 31 May 1902. It was the first in which they had fought as South Australians.
Continuing along King William Road, you quickly reach the Torrens River. You could continue on, across the bridge, onto St Peters Cathedral and wander around North Adelaide.
We prefer to while away the hours on the riverbank, and perhaps for this blog post I can let the photos tell the story?
Messing about on the river is always fun. You can cruise the Torrens on the the motor launch “Popeye” vaguely visible in the background of the darker shot, or you can splash about under your own steam. Whether that is an attractive proposition today depends on which way I face the camera lens.
I haven’t mentioned in earlier posts, but Bill has been suffering from man-flu for at least a week. I know it is man-flu, as all five male members of our travelling group have gone down with it. Only one woman has been affected, for twenty-four hours or so, and I figure that was just as compassionate support. Bill has soldiered on, and thrown himself into every outing and activity, but as this afternoon my friend has invited us to her grandson’s 8th birthday, Bill has wisely decided to keep his germs company in the comfort of the hotel room.
Leaving me to savour the delights of birthday cupcakes made for a cricket tragic . . .
Total to Date = 11,880 klm or 7380 miles
For Reference: We booked our tour through the Australian Holiday Centre.