I left Uki this morning at about 6:30 and shortly thereafter it bucketed down all the way along Smith’s Creek Road until I reached the hill. Like last time I had to walk up it, being nominally a 15% gradient. That said, there’s a sign on the Burringbar Range southwards that indicates a 15% gradient, but it’s certainly no more than 2 or 3%. Still, the Smith’s Creek climb is too steep for me to ride a fully loaded tourer up 🙂
It continued to sprinkle on and off until I reached Billinudgel, and there was thunder towards the south as I headed along the Coolamon Scenic Drive, but I didn’tÂ meet any thunderstorm, which apparently veered south to Byron Bay. The sky cleared briefly and it was quite warm by the time I left Mullum, although it’s rained sinceÂ I arrived.
I reach the Wilsons Creek turnoff at about 11 and had to walk up the Gap, but finally reached home just after 12. The route I used was quite decent, and the Coolamon Scenic Drive between Ocean Shores and Mullum contains a decent climb, but it’s not too steep and is shaded. I could probably bypass Billinudgel in future to cut off a couple of kilometres, especially since I don’t really need to stop for food there, given the breakfast the Uki people give me.