The start of a new year brought with it two weeks of much valued time off following a chaotic and exhausting Christmas. My husband had managed to wrangle a further week from his employers so we would get to spend some time and get away to his family’s “shack”. The “shack” was far from, more of a fancy pre-fabricated dwelling that blends well into the surrounding bush. Its borders nudge up again Deep Creek Conservation Park, providing a plethora of opportunities to hike, off-road, snorkel, get nibbled by the stray shark, play board games and watch kangaroos bound past your kitchen window. The drive down from Adelaide is also very tolerable with a bakery halfway providing, amongst other delicacies, donuts. However, this particular time we remained in control of our lips and wallets and a review of that particular bakery will wait until another trip.
As much as Deep Creek had to offer we had recently gotten into riding bikes and unfortunately smooth, flat paths were not in the pamphlet of activities for the area. Breaking down the bikes and shoving them into the back of the station wagon we set off about 45 minutes down the road to Victor Harbour where we had heard of a coastal bike path, which went a fair distance and wasn’t too bothered by traffic. A novice at riding even a couple kilometres exhausted me and anything more than an anthill was taxing, but we managed fine meandering along the bike paths and quiet neighbourhoods from Victor to Middleton. From our watches we knew that a well-deserved lunch break was due and so broke from the path in Port Elliot in search of its bakery. It was hard not to miss with a queue of eager holidaymakers in wetsuits lined down the block promising either excellent goods or a lack of anywhere else in the vicinity to buy food from.
The former proved true as we tucked into some pies on a neglected veranda, a small line of ants making use of my dropped bits of potato and in turn the few stray sprinkles I let drop from the donut which followed. Baked fresh on the premises I could understand the queue and had it not taken another 20 minutes to get through the door I would’ve gone back in for seconds.