A Lotta Rain, A Lotta Fun – Byron Bay to Kingscliff (67 km)

A nice cycle path between Ocean Shores and Brunswick Heads.
A nice cycle path between Ocean Shores and Brunswick Heads.

The last two days we’ve seen a lot of rain. Yesterday, we had our bikes fully loaded and were ready to push off when the skies started dropping buckets. Eric wanted to push forth. I wanted to take a day off and window shop the cute boutique stores in Byron Bay. Luckily, I won!

But today with the rain still pouring and my panniers a bit heavier from the two (not one but TWO) cute feminine wardrobe additions that are as different from cycling clothes on the fashion scale as is humanly possible.  With my new, cute, utterly impractical dresses squished firmly into my rear pannier, I agreed we should ride.

It’s not that I really enjoy riding in the rain. It just that I knew, in the long run, it would be much less expensive if we left the hippie-vibe, artsy-farsty, I-missed-this-kind-of funky, town of Byron Bay.

We both put on our rain gear and pulled the velcro straps tight against our ankles and wrists. As  for shoes, I opted to wear my pink Croc flip-flop because I hate cycling in squishy socks while Eric, in trying to keep his shoes and socks dry, wore  the cut-off sleeves of his old  rain jacket pulled tightly over his shoes and socks.

Yes, we got rained on,  and yes, we stayed relatively warm and dry…on the outside that is…my rain gear always makes me sweat a LOT on the inside.

Putting all the rain gear/rain discomfort aside, the ride itself was a pleasant surprise with a little rewards around almost every corner. Here are the “rewards”…

1. There was a cycle path from Byron Bay most of the way to Brunswick Heads. It’s not well marked and not the easiest to find, but I think we spent less than 5 km on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Having a path next to a highway is MUCH better than being on the highway near Brunswick Heads/Ocean Shores.
Having a path next to a highway is MUCH better than being on the highway near Brunswick Heads/Ocean Shores.

2. Tourist Drive #38 through Wooyung had almost no tourists (or other vehicles for that matter.)

Tourist Drive #38 is narrow but had little traffic on the day we traveled.
Tourist Drive #38 is narrow but had little traffic on the day we traveled.

3. There is a cycle path from Pottsville to Hastings Point.

It's never to rainy for ice cream. We enjoyed this view at Hastings Point while eating ice cream.
It’s never to rainy for ice cream. We enjoyed this view at Hastings Point while eating ice cream.

4. There is a BEAUTIFUL, fairly new cycle path from Hastings Point to Kingscliff.

This cycle path goes through Cudgen Nature Reserve and on to Kingscliff.
This cycle path goes through Cudgen Nature Reserve and on to Kingscliff.

What these cycle paths meant is that we could enjoy the view and not worry about being splattered with highway water from passing trucks.

Crossing the Cudgen River.
Crossing the Cudgen River.

What they also meant is I could ride through puddles on the paths with my feet splayed to each side giggling like a child.

What a great day!

The south approach by cycle path to Kingscliff.
The south approach by cycle path to Kingscliff.