There are no alpine climbs on this route, but it has its own set of challenges. The scenery, climate and terrain changes dramatically along this route. From the coastal city of Adelaide you'll ride through the scenic Adelaide Hills and world renowned Barossa Valley and Clare Valley wine districts.
From there the country gets more rugged. You'll pass historic homestead ruins, sites of Aboriginal significance with rock engravings and paintings, red dirt, salt bush, rocky outcrops and an abundance of Australian native plants and wildlife. Sunsets in the Flinders Ranges are magical and the night sky is the difficult to put into words; the absence of light pollution means that thousands more stars are visible and the Milky Way is a prominent band across the sky. For me, this night time sky alone is worth the effort of the ride!
Eventually you'll hit desert and the remoteness of the Oodnadatta Track. At times you'll feel like you've landed on another planet and with 200km, at times, between services you'll need to be prepared. Travellers must take care with food and water and have enough to get them through emergency situations. Heavy rains, causing flash flooding, can hit at any time of the year making the unsealed road impassable and rescue improbable. Bikes are difficult to push, let alone ride, in those conditions - the red clay sticks to everything and piles up fast.
Eventually Uluru, one of Australia's most famous tourist icons, will loom on the horizon. You'll finish at Uluru, hopefully at either sunrise or sunset for the best views, with the satisfaction of getting there yourself, under your own power, over 2,300km through desert to an ancient rock in the middle of Australia. I reckon that feeling will be pretty cool and it's one that I'd love to have as a memory. How about you?