Thursday, May 29, 2008

Easter 2008 Day 3

ay 3

Day 3 Blaxland to Uralla

We started the morning with hotcake with all the toppings you could ask for. It was good to catch up with my mate, Steve and his family. Thanks to Frank and Marianne for having us and for feeding us, it was a very pleasant stay if a little short.

Today we were going to start the journey home, I decided to stick to the black top as the rain still looked like it was around and I didn't fancy having to hurry down wet dirt roads 2up. The first part of the days route would take us to Singleton via the famous Putty Road. It was very narrow in spots and there wasn't too many places to stop and take photos as we crossed through the ranges.

This Coptic Monastery was not close to any large centres - I was very suprised to find it here.

In Howes Valley we came across this old home.

The road wound along the very inapporiately named Darkey Creek, but it was a lot of fun to ride.

This coal mine at Singleton covered a huge area - on both sides of the road.

This bridge near Dungog is largest cellular stress laminated bridge hardword timber deck bridge in the world. Sounds impressive - since I stopped for the photo you can see the picture too.

Onwards to Dungog we continued to be treated to some spectacular views.

After we hit Dungog we rode up to Gloucester and onwards up Thunderbolt's Way (Thunderbolt is a famous Australian Bushranger), it was a great road that wound through the mountains. Hopefully soon I can do it solo with no panniers or other luggage.

Carsons lookout halfway along offer views all the way accross to Barrington Tops National Park.

Who was this ugly mug?

We then rode to Uralla and stopped in a motel overnight.

Route for Day 3

Blaxland > Singleton > Dungog > Gloucester > Wallca > Uralla

Next up Uralla to Home.

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