Easy Bike Ride along the River Torrens, Adelaide

It has been a while since Marion and I have been on a bike ride, April 2013 to be exact. I literally had to dust off the bikes, pump up the tyres and go for a quick ride up and down the street to make sure everything was working safely.

It was the Australia Day public holiday and we decided that we would drive into North Adelaide and start riding along the River Torrens linear park just west of Hackney road and ride along the Torrens heading west towards the brewery.

We started our ride on the north bank of the Torrens just behind the Adelaide Zoo, riding along the Torrens shared path there are several bridges that you pass under, the first on our ride being the ornate Albert Bridge near the Zoo followed by University Footbridge, and further along the river we passed under the City Bridge that carries King William road.

I was keen to view the new footbridge connecting the city to the recently upgraded Adelaide Oval and even planned ride over it, but on the day I planned do that from the city end of the bridge, which ended up being a mistake, from the Adelaide oval side you can access the new bridge but from the city end some stairs need to be negotiated form the Torrens.

One of the reasons I enjoy riding a bike is that you get to see places that you don’t normally see while driving, I have lived in Adelaide since the early 70’s and on this bike ride realised that the Torrens Lake Weir could be crossed as their is a path leading across it.

Marion always brings her camera along on a ride and we stop occasionally so she can take some photos of places along our ride, we stopped on the south bank of the river between the Weir and Morphett street bridge, where we rested for a while and Marion took some photos of the Black Swans.

We kept cruising along the Torrens heading back towards our starting point past the setting up of the Australia Day celebrations at elder park and stopping under the University Foot Bridge to watch the Popeye Boat cruise past.

At this stage we had decided to go for a coffee and cake, so we left the Torrens river and rode across the ornate Albert Bridge on Frome road and headed towards Cibo’s coffee shop on Melbourne Street North Adelaide where we enjoyed coffee and cake before heading back to the car and home.

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