Top Ten Reasons to Ride on the Pacific Coast Highway (A1) – Kempsey to Nambucca Heads

We stopped at Fredo's near Kempsey to give us energy to tackle the highway.
We stopped at Fredo’s near Kempsey to give us energy to tackle the highway.

10. There is no alternate route.
9. You’re feeling too lazy to ride an extra 40 km to Stuarts Point and Scotts Head.
8. You want the mind-numbing noise from traffic to drown out your thoughts.
7. You’re bored with beautiful scenery.
6. You’re tired of taking pictures and the danger of passing traffic gives you an excuse not to.

Cycling to the Mid North Coast NSW seemed like a milestone worthy of a photo.
Cycling to the Mid North Coast NSW seemed like a milestone worthy of a photo.

5. The sounds of song birds is getting on your nerves.
4. You love the feel of sticky tar and gravel on your tires.

This cycle path just north of the bridge in Macksville was our first escape from the highway.
This cycle path just north of the bridge in Macksville was our first escape from the highway.

3. You enjoy bracing yourself against the draft of a passing truck.
2. You prefer trash-filled rest areas to remote picnic spots.

But the number one reason for riding on the highway……(drum roll please)…..

You find all kinds of great junk lying on the side of the road that your “mechanic” husband can put to good use.

Eric felt this piece of red hose was worthy of a stop and run back to pick up.
Eric felt this piece of red hose was worthy of a stop and run back to pick up.

Today’s finds: a piece of rubber hose and a “BadBoy” flip-flop that he’ll use on his bike racks to protect them from abrasive wear from his panniers!!

This "Badboy" will be put to use after Eric cuts off the strap.
This “Badboy” will be put to use after Eric cuts off the strap.

And, in spite of all my joking about today’s ride, the end was beautiful: cabin overlooking the river, beautiful sunset, gas heat and a real oven to cook dinner.

The view next to our campground.
The view next to our campground.

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Reasons to Ride on the Pacific Coast Highway (A1) – Kempsey to Nambucca Heads

  1. Great to read about your travels, Penny and Eric. We know lots of the places you’ve travelled through and we will be in Vietnam next month. Pity we didn’t meet you when you were in Canberra (see WSL).
    I rode the route you’re following now a couple of years ago. I met a British woman named Penny (and my wife is also Penny!) and we rode together from Moonee Beach Caravan Park along the Orara Way (much better than the highway) to Grafton, stayed there overnight and on to Lawrence to cross on the ferry. From there to Byron Bay, off-highway roads are great, although occasionally one can’t avoid the highway.
    Enjoy your trip — I guess you’re headed to Brisbane — where to then?

    1. Lindsay, You’re timing couldn’t have been better! (Must be the luck of the name Penny!) Thanks for writing and we will use the Orara Way.We’ve been wondering about it and you answered our questions. We loved Vietnam…just be prepared for lots of honking. We chose the coastal route and then took the killer ride from Na Trang to Dalat (130 km, 2600m – one day ride because there is nothing in between) but we loved it. You can see our route under the route page if interested.
      Yes, we’re headed to Brisbane and then off to Europe. Enjoy your trip, too!

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