Photos, courtesy, Unknown
Report on the Outing
A group of hardy souls gathered at the Crafers Hotel on Wednesday morning braving the Hills mists and wet roads to snuggle in the warmth of the Crafers Hotel for an early heart starting coffee.
By ten o’clock 27 intrepid MX-5 Club members were set to go.. off into the unknown backroads of the Mitcham Hills on a mid-winters mystery tour.
Initially winding through the twisty Sturt Valley and Iron-bank roads, then through Clarendon and down Baker’s Gulley road we enjoyed the stimulating change of scenery and the flow of the roads through Peter’s Gulley and on to the top of Willunga Hill.
A quick dogleg on the main Victor Harbor Road and then a faster section of long sweeping bends on Page’s Flat road to Myponga, where a much appreciated 10 minute comfort stop allowed drivers and navi-guessers to stretch their legs.
Back into the MX-5s and onto the main road back to Sellicks Hill, where we pulled in to the car park of the big Buddha, to spend 20 minutes admiring the White Jade Buddha in the temporary temple, and marvelled at the extent of the foundations for the new facility, overlooked by the 500 ton Big Buddha which can be seen for many kilometres in all directions.
Once more in the cars and a leisurely cruise to Willunga, (made even slower by roadworks), then on through McLaren Vale to Beach Road Wines at the top of the hills, looking back over the picturesque vineyards of the Southern Vales.
On arrival we were warmly greeted by the owner and winemaker Briony Hoare.
She treated us to a thorough exposition of her wines, telling her life story in a wonderfully entertaining and colourful way, whilst we tasted ‘her babies’ as she called them.
Favourites were the Italian style Pino-Grigio, Primitivo and Bonnie Hoare.
Then we settled in around a long wooden table to enjoy platters of anti-pasta, followed by a long procession of delightfully crisp and tasty wood fired pizzas, washed down by her lovely wines.
The coffees and hot chocolates topped off a most enjoyable day, endorsed by all present as a great run.