It was quite clear and dry when we got up in the morning, but before breakfast was finished the clouds had rolled in and the rain started. The scene was set.
We had expected an easy descent from Lavers Hill at 590m, but the Melbourne to Adelaide road continued through rolling countryside for several kilometers. There was a turnoff signposted to Moonlight Heads along an unsealed road. On the map it looked like this road continued along the coast, before rejoining the main road just before Princetown. We decided to give it a try. After about 3km, most of it downhill, we asked some tourists coming in the opposite direction and it appeared the road was a dead end. Dejectedly we climbed back up the steep rough hill back to the main road, where we met our motorcycling friends again.
Once back on the Melbourne to Adelaide road there was an exciting long and twisting descent through the gum forest. With a wave, the motorcyclists passed us on the way down. The road flattened out for the next few kilometers As we rounded a bend there were the bikers again, in a lay-by. As we passed them Steve commented "Hey, you guys have more rest stops than we do". It turned out that one of them had hit a wallaby, which lay dead at the roadside. They passed us once more, but that was the last time that we would see them.
At the next settlement, Princetown, we rode up the hill into town which was just having its road resurfaced. Energised by this refreshment we continued on to Gibson’s Steps, a viewpoint over the bay containing two rocky pinnacles called Gog and Magog. There is a flight of steps down to the beach and crowds of tourists all puffing and panting their way up the narrow stairs.