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Monday 10th March

Destination Bermagui

Nothing much happening in Cann River beyond the cheap night's accommodation, so up earlyish and on the road by soon after 8am.

This is forestry country up though Coopracambra National Park, and I had changed my original plan of heading straight to Bombala and instead taking one of the side roads on the way straight across the coast to south of Eden. As I was getting to the turn off point however, caffeine withdrawal symptoms started kicking in (aided by a sunny but cool in the forest 13C) and with Bombala (back in NSW) much closer than the nearest town on my intended path, I reverted to the original plan and 30mins later was sitting in the sun with coffee and newspaper in hand. Relief - life can be so stressful.

Some Melbourne bikers soon joined me which was good - not much else happening in Bombala from what I could see.

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The Melbourne boys bikes. Brave! they had done 2,000kms already.

From there I cut across to the east coast. Great roads, negligible traffic, but some of the corners were as if they had been taken from a Salvador Dali painting. Scary in the forest shadows and hard on the teeth. There was a stretch of road works going on so looked like they were on to it. Not many opportunities to pull over and take snaps unfortunately. The roads were often narrow ish and not a lot of pulling off areas. I am also a bit shy after an incident a week or so ago when I was attempting a U-turn off road to take a snap and caught the front wheel in a rut and dropped the bike. Luckily I jumped off (read about a guy who got pinned under his and had to wait for someone to come along to rescue him) but lifting it back up was no mean feat. The bike weighs 330kg dry, so probably 360kg with my guff. Anyway, with the aid of a bit of adrenalin, anger, sweat and 90 odd seconds of groaning and grunting, I got it back up. No damage, apart from a bit of readjusting mirrors etc., a few burst blood vessels, and an extra heavy duty wash that night. Hopefully the last time that happens - but I must now have the Bremner record for weight lifting. The worst part was the photo I was turning to take didn't even make the publishing cut in the end.
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I came out just south of Pambula and from there stooged up the Sapphire Coast through Merimbula, Tura Beach, Tathra and then got to Bermagui late afternoon.

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Bermagui is a very nice spot, and the camping ground excellent value. $20 and modern facilities right on the beach and shop front - though a good 5mins walk to the Gelato shop. I met a Central Coast couple who were quick to invite me over - turns out they run the C.C. Ulysses bike club so have invited me to hook up with them. Also met another lady, probably in her late 50's/early 60's, who was travelling around Australia in her Corolla (no tent - slept in the car) as a permanent lifestyle thing. Very interesting to talk to. She had been in another of the camp kitchens initially with what transpired to be a nudist club. She must have decided I might be more conventional company!

Posted by jb2014 20:47

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Great story about the weight-lifting. I had trouble lifting a 10kg bar bell at the physio this morning!

by Tim Driscoll

Bugger a drop, not good. Glad you & your bike were not casualties.
Have to borrow some of Camerons chains to ride with the Ulysses bike club & of course grow the beard again (or keep on if it still is)
No nudie runs now with the Corolla lady lol

by Margie

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