|Today’s Distance: 36.7km||Total Distance: 843.1km|
The day dawned bright, warm and clear. We packed up and were on the road by 9:15am. Bermagui is obviously a popular place judging by the number of caravan parks we passed in the first 10km of biking. Lake Wallaga near Bermagui was spectacular and flat as a millpond (or as Steve would say, “glassy” :-).
We made our way along the C road to the junction with the big kahuna, the thick purple road on our maps, the Princess Highway. Today was our first real biking on the Princess Highway. Although it is only single carriageway, there was a wide verge. The cars were going past fast but we felt safe on the wide verge. That said, we don’t want to spend any more time than necessary on the highway, so we took a diversion onto the Old Highway. What a find!! Lonely Planet, Google Maps and other cyclist blogs all take the Princess Highway, but looking on the map, the Old Highway looked feasible. The Old Highway was packed dirt for the first few km then sealed. It was very quiet and went through beautiful old growth forest, then very well groomed lifestyle blocks then as we got closer to Narooma, expensive houses in the bush. The loudest sound we could hear biking was the Australian Bell Birds beeping away.
We arrived in Narooma at midday and setup the tent at the Big4 holiday park right on the water. We then sat and admired the view for quite some time. Narooma is a wealthy looking town with beautiful surroundings. We will be on the move again tomorrow aiming for Broulee further up the coast.
Highlight of the day: The beauty of the Old Highway