The lockdown continues into its fourth week. I expect it to last at least another four. Good chance of more…
So what better time to plan a ride.
This is my alternate to the MotoGP, with the idea that travelling between states isn’t permissible, but the lockdown eases enough by late October to actually travel a bit. (Hmm, I feel like I’ve been down this road before). This will also save a bunch of roads to do for next years MotoGP (or Supers???)
So thinking North. Thinking roads I’ve heard of and not ridden. Roads like Thunderbolt’s Way, Oxley Highway and Bucketts Way. I’ve travelled to Singleton and also from Wollombi up to Newcastle. But even driving, that’s as far as I’ve been in that direction. I am much more familiar with the space between Sydney and Melbourne.
So Day one. Leave home, head up Putty to Broke, then Gloucester (Thunderbolts Way)
Day two. Gloucester to Walcha to Grafton.
Day three. Grafton to Coffs Harbour, to Walcha (Waterfall Way).
Day four. Walcha to Port Macquarie (Oxley Highway) to Gloucester then Singleton.
Day five. Singleton to home. This could be via Putty, Wiseman’s or even through Bylong.
Leave Thursday, back by Monday. Seems to tick all the “good roads” boxes along the way. Could slide it with weather reports… Saturday to Wednesday. Heck, Monday to Friday (that probably wouldn’t work as Mrs isn’t on leave then).
Looking at Google Street View it looks sealed all the way. Fuel stops are common enough, and in most cases I should only need one stop along the way. Most days are short, only 400km or so and about 5-6hours of riding. Adding time for stops, lunch etc so maybe up to 8 hours. So I could push on to “the next town”. Or I could take it easy, set up camp in the daylight, rest up, sleep in. The four towns I’ve currently planned seem to have caravan parks where I can get a tent site.
So that’s a couple of hours of lockdown used up….