|Distance: 33.5km||Total Distance: 1888.0km|
Wow, what a great way to cycle!
We started off with threatening clouds and humidity. We biked through Urunga and over the river on the highway cycle/pedestrian bridge. We then cycled a short and easy stretch on the highway to the intersection with the old highway. Cars can’t turn into the old highway because of the new highway layout but we easily managed to cross and then cycle along the very quiet road. We then came to a road block where part of the road has collapsed. Many cyclists had gone around the block so we continued and it was fine. It was surreal to cycle on a road that is completely deserted and has been abandoned. Even after the road blocked section, there were very few cars. Parts looked like America where a service station has been bypassed by the highway and has closed then fallen into disrepair. We cycled up a passing lane with all the signs and barriers but no traffic. Presumably the new highway is better and houses next to the old highway are happy. They now have a rather grand but empty road.
After Bonville we crossed the motorway and were surprised to find a wonderful cycle path that took us all the way into Coffs Harbour. As we cycled into Coffs Harbour the clouds looked very threatening. We got to a park and could see it was raining on the other side of the park. We sheltered under a baseball outbuilding as the rain hit. It poured down. After 15 minutes we decided to call the caravan park and we were lucky to get the last available cabin. We waited another 30 minutes for the rain to ease and set off to bike the last 7km on cycle paths. Luckily we didn’t get too wet although we had to go slowly through the flooding. The caravan park staff were friendly and said they had been worried about us when the downpour got hard.
It cleared later and we went for a walk to the supermarket. We are yet to find the CDB of Coffs Harbour but we are in a nice area by the beach. Coffs Harbour has great cycle paths and information online. Well done Coffs!!
Highlight of today: Having roads and cycle paths to ourselves.