On day 2 of my three-day trip from Port Macquarie, I headed up the coast towards Coffs Harbour and a short hour's run-up via the expressway, peeling off at the Waterfall Way and on to Bellingen. A quick fuel top-up and weave my way from Bellingen to the mountain. As usual, I had a fair wait at the stop/go lights at the mountain's base and sat behind a Merc AMG SUV. Once the lights had turned to go, I tried to get around the SUV cautiously, but the driver was going to have none of that and accelerated just enough to make it challenging. However, I used this to my advantage; the driver thought I was trying to overtake him, but I was using him as an escort. I kept close enough and in a lower gear so he could hear the bikes - snap-cracking-pop noises that fired him up to accelerate, which kept my momentum at a good pace and an unobstructed way forward as the oncoming traffic gave way to him. I happily tagged along at the rear, happy to be an interloper for the ride.
Here's a YouTube clip - It's 3 mins, so watch at your leisure if there is interest.
Once at the top of the mountain, I parted company with my old-mate Merc SUV and travelled along Waterfall Way, stopping off at Dorrigo. At Dorrigo, the plan was secure item 3 on my trip list. I have had my eye on a little "No Trespassing" sign for a few years at a massive collectable/vintage store chock-full of old automotive/ motorcycles. I was hell-bent on offering the store owners an offer they couldn't refuse. But the store was closed, and to say I was perplexed was an understatement. As I was getting on my bike to leave, the guy from the bottle next wandered over to me and said the shop doesn't open, and the owner comes in from time to time to clean the windows and sit inside.
Enough said, it was time to get back on the bike for a spirited run along Waterfall way (WW), but instead of turning left to follow WW and decided to head straight onto Guyra Rd. Here are some pix along the way. Lage parts of Guyra Rd have very little mobile coverage – long, flat open road, lots of wildlife on the edges of the road, and an unbelievable amount of kangaroo/wallaby carcases over the road. I would hate to be travelling this road at night, for sure.
Silo Art at Barraba
I followed Guyra Rd to Inverell-Bingara-Barraba-Manilla and finally to my Hotel in Tamworth for an overnight stop. I arrived at my hotel with enough time to shower, change and make a dinner booking at 7:30 PM. I hadn't had food all day; I was ready to devour a three-course meal.
Cheers to you @v-rider
The following day, I checked out the weather forecaster, and there was a massive storm front developing with solid winds and severe thunderstorms. So I quickly packed and was on my way by 7:30 AM – so much for trying to outrun the storm cell. I was in and out of heavy rain for most of my run home. Here's a small YouTube clip.