|Distance: 55km||Total Distance: 1854.5km|
Today was a nice day cycling on quiet back roads plus an unavoidable stretch on the highway. It poured down during the night but by this morning it had stopped. It looked like it could rain again but luckily it didn’t and it became hot as the day cleared. We started off dressed for rain but soon stripped off clothes as we cycled. The first part of the route today continued along the pretty Grassy Head Road. There was very little traffic and the scenery was nice. After we joined the Scotts Head Road there was a little more traffic but still very nice riding conditions. We met the highway and cycled the short distance into Macksville. We stopped at a café next to the river and sat at a table in the sun. It was hot and we started to melt, a nice change from yesterday.
After morning tea we cycled along the back road between Macksville and Nambucca Heads. Thanks to the Coffs Harbour Council for providing great cycling info on their website. The road was quiet and pretty and we enjoyed the cycling under the shady trees. We arrived just north of Nambucca Heads and sat on a park bench and ate lunch. We didn’t go down into Nambucca Heads as we decided we’d continue north to Urunga. Urunga had been recommended to us by some grey nomads and we thought it best to make progress while the sun shines. The forecast for the next few days is for 100% chance of rain. We had no choice but to cycle 13km on the highway which was OK with a reasonable verge. It was nice to turn off onto another quiet back road that took us back to the beach and along to Urunga. As soon as we cycled into Urunga we knew we liked it as it has a great feel and nice cycle paths. We checked into the caravan park then went to the lively pub for a beer.
Today has been a nice day cycling and we feel we made good progress after stopping early yesterday.
Highlight of today: Nice quiet roads.