I left Huonbrook at about 6:40, this morning. It was quite overcast so I didn’t put on sunscreen. By the time I reached the bottom of Montecollum it looked decidedly clearer and I applied some at the side of the road. However, it wasn’t until after Lismore that the skies really cleared enough for it to be necessary.
The Goonengerry bridge over Wilsons Creek is being upgraded and the approaches are dirt and potholed. Riding over that section must have been enough to stress the tube in the rear wheel since it went flat soon after. I found that it had given way along the seam so I replaced it and continued.
Rosebank general store has been closed indefinitely since Christmas eve, and there’s a sign mentioning new management, so the packed lunch came in handy. Since I still needed to refill my water bottles, I decided to head to Lismore via Bexhill. This time I remembered to photograph the overgrown railway tracks – not as spectacular as the scene at Burringbar, however.
After Bexhill there must have been a car or truck every couple of seconds until I reached Lismore. It was a relief to turn onto the Caniaba road.
As I reached Lismore there was a brief shower that lasted no more than a minute. It continued hot and humid until I reached the ticky-tacky at Caniaba where it rained solidly for about 5 minutes. I reckon the local farmers must be cursing the person who sold out to a property developer.
I arrived in Casino at 3:00 and the wind was behind me most of the way from Caniaba which meant I flew (relatively speaking).
As I’ve been writing this, every other room in the motel has filled up with an under-11 cricket team and their families. Apparently they’re here all this week for a competition at Lismore. At the moment several of the fathers are talking tactics and cricket news loudly outside my room while going back and forth to an esky of beer. No afternoon nap for me 🙁