(written by Nancy)
We woke up to clear blue sky and sunshine this morning, which is always good for one’s mood. We both slept pretty well in Jacques room – especially after reading a bit of his book last night appropriately called ‘The Really Really Epic Minibike Ride’. Okay, our bikes are absolutely not minibikes, but I do think we are on a really really epic bike ride!
To make it even better, this morning Adrian made us each a proper Turkish coffee in little Turkish cups – there was no way we should be lacking energy today. After a nice breakfast and that great coffee we rode off about 8:45 leaving the Englebrecht family to their busy Saturday of sports. One thing we neglected to mention in yesterday’s post was that there was a handmade Easter card on our bed last night together with 2 chocolate eggs – thanks to the kids for that.
The Scenic Highway from Bennsville to Terrigal was a bit up and down, and my legs and arms had that ‘second day’ soreness but we managed okay. Actually, I had no soreness in my collarbone. We dropped down into Terrigal (a vacation spot along the coast) for a hot cross bun – one of the delights in Australia around Easter time and a perfect thing for morning tea.
The climb back out of Terrigal to get back on the Scenic Highway got the better of me – I might have had a slight dip in the cheerfulness factor for a minute or two. But, onward and upward, we made it back up and continued along the Scenic Highway, which runs along a ridge above the coastline. Eventually the Scenic Highway runs into the Coast Highway, which seemed to be a bit less hilly. Traffic wasn’t too bad and most of the roads had a decent shoulder so it felt pretty safe.
We stopped at The Entrance, a hot holiday spot on the Central Coast that straddles the ocean and the southeastern shore of Lake Tuggerah. We knew there was a Tourist Information center there and we were after some free maps of the areas we will be heading. We got some detailed information on the route from there to Swansea in addition to the maps so it was a good stop. There were a whole bunch of pelicans flying about and sitting in the lake – they seem so huge, especially when they are flying.
We stopped for lunch in Budgewoi, which is a small community at the southern end of Lake Munmorah. We had our second egg and bacon roll – extra points for the nice presentation with herbs sprinkled over the top. Also got a great coffee, which hit the spot. From there we figured we had about 20k left to Swansea. We took Elizabeth Bay Drive, which goes around the east side of Lake Munmorah as an alternative to heading directly up to the busier Pacific Highway. It had very little traffic, which was nice.
Finally we joined up with Pacific Highway, which is one of the more major roads up and down the coast. The traffic was heavier but the road had a great shoulder so we never felt pinched. We had some gentle ups and downs but nothing too long or too steep and before long we were at Swansea. We made a quick stop at the Tourist office and the grocery store before heading to Swansea Gardens Lakeside Holiday Park.
The tent is up, we’ve had our showers, done some laundry, and eaten one of the ridiculous freeze dried food packages we are carrying for some reason! Trying to reduce the bulk. Dave got some sausages at the store to spice up the Nasi Goreng. It wasn’t too bad, actually, as odd as it sounds. It is now dark so that means we can go to bed – if only all the kids in the campground would come to the same conclusion we would be set!
Tomorrow we aim for somewhere around Nelson’s Bay.