Day 63: Jun. 20 – South West Rocks to Nambucca Heads
Daily Distance = 62.90km, Trip Total = 1,864.87km, Today’s Climb = 265m
Guess what? The forecast indicates there is only a light chance of rain today! Yaaaay!
The first 10km’s of today’s ride ran along the opposite side of the Macleay River that I followed into South West Rocks yesterday.
Macleay River from the West side – opposite side of yesterday’s view
There was a healthy headwind for this stretch, but I knew it would be short-lived as my direction would be changing throughout the day. After 15km’s I made the turn that would take me NW and then eventually NE back to the ocean. Today’s wind was coming out of the SW and I noticed an immediate ease as soon as I made the turn at the 15km mark. I could peddle with less intensity and my speed immediately went up as soon as I made the turn. I luv tailwinds!
You can’t tell in the picture, but I now have a tailwind :)
After about 25km’s I found myself back on the A1 highway. All of my scouting reports indicated that this stretch of the highway did not have a great shoulder for cyclists. Unfortunately it seems to be the only real route through this area. So I was pleasantly surprised when I got on the highway and saw this:
A massive shoulder for cyclists and another Brisbane km countdown!
Unfortunately it didn’t last. I was able to enjoy about 10km with a great shoulder on the road. But then I started seeing signs for construction, the road turned into a single lane of traffic in each direction and the shoulder became non-existent in some places. They are currently in the process of expanding this highway with construction expected to be completed in 2017.
Construction to expand the highway
Because of the ongoing construction, the speed along this stretch was dropped anywhere from 60 to 80 km/hr and traffic seemed to be adhering to it, so that was working in my favour I think. Everybody was slowing down and most vehicles were moving over as much as they could. I was still pretty happy when a few km’s north of Macksville I found a path on the side of the road and could ride on it instead of the highway.
Crossing the bridge in Macksville
The path north of Macksville carried through all the way to Nambucca Heads where I road along a boardwalk to my destination at a trailer park on a lagoon.
Boardwalk in Nambucca Heads
Shortly before sunset I headed out for a walk around the park and along the breakwall between the lagoon and ocean.
View of the ocean from Nambucca Heads
Watching the fishermen. The speckles are the spray from the waves crashing against the break wall
Sunset in Nambucca Heads
Lagoon to the left, ocean to the right
This area has tidal influence and protected by much of the break wall – I also liked the rays of sun coming out from behind the clouds
Palm tree with the setting sun in the background
And guess what? It didn’t rain today!!!