A couple of weeks ago, Andrew and I headed up to Terrigal for the weekend. He had a long training run planned and we had also organised to catch up with a few of our friends who live up that way, so it was a good excuse to cycle somewhere different.
A good mate of ours kindly plotted out a nice ride around the beaches and Lake Macquarie, via Warners Bay and other scenic spots so we headed off a little after 7am. The traffic was pretty good with cars giving us plenty of space on some of the narrower roads and the scenery was spectacular. The route pretty much hugs the coast most of the way, and although it was fresh when we started, it warmed up quickly and turned out to be one of those perfect days on the bike.
About 70kms in, we decided to take a break at Warners Bay. We stopped off at a local bakery and grabbed a couple of chocolate milks to keep us going. It was lovely chilling out in the sun by the water.
It’s always hard to get going again once you have stopped, but eventually we decided to get moving and made our way progressively around the lake. We thought we had the directions right at one point, and headed down a steep incline off the main road.
Well we got it wrong, and ended up having to back track up the hill – which ended up being reasonably long. This wasn’t such a bad thing, as the ride itself was pretty fast and flat, so the odd hill or two wouldn’t go astray.
Passing through the Entrance, Toukley and Long Jetty brought back childhood memories as my grandparents had a holiday house at Kilarney Vale for years when I was growing up. Strange to visit places I hadn’t been to for some years.
120km later and we made it back to Terrigal. Time to put the bikes on the roof and head home. Glad to get another long ride under the belt ahead of Sea 2 Summit – but might need more hills next time.