Day 012, Thursday, 9 April, 2009

Distance travelled – 15.4 km
Avg speed – 17.2 kph
Max speed – 37.4 kph

Macksville, Pacific Highway, Nambucca Heads

Our original plan from Forster was to ride along the Wirrimbi Road to Nambucca Heads, however, Denise used our option to change her mind and vetoed this plan and we found ourselves riding along the Pacific Highway.

Prior to leaving Macksville we rode past the smell of a bakery, which required an obligatory stop to sample their wares. After buying some fruit from the shop next door we rode down to the park next to the river. The evidence of the recent floods was still easy to see close to the river and the grassed areas were very sodden, requiring us to clean out the cleats of our shoes before we got going again.

The traffic on the highway was very heavy so we applied ourselves to the task of getting between the squeezes quickly before the different trucks caught us up and this saw us arriving at ‘The Woodheap’ (Claire and Paul’s), about 50 minutes later. Click to hear Paul explain the origins of The Woodheap (1.8MB MP3).

We are convinced our GPS is developing a wicked personality. After leaving the highway and turning into Nambucca Heads we decided to ignore its advice in preference of following a boardwalk along the river. As we returned to the GPS’s preferred route it first took us along ‘Back Street’ a very steep hill before sending us along ‘Short Street’, which turned out to be an unrideable hill. Both routes had very easy rideable alternatives so we are beginning to suspect that the GPS will get us back if we ignore it.

After the push up Short Street we were every pleased to arrive at Claire and Paul’s.

Zoom into the map to see our new location.


Cleaning mud from our cleats at Macksville


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