Time to get going

Time to get going

Heading down the highway south

Heading down the highway south

Sonja and I headed off for the five hour run to see her dad on Saturday, heading down the coast with the mandatory stop in Berry for their amazing bowls of coffee and breakfast.

The Honda is really hitting its straps now as Sonja feel for how it handles loaded gets better and better.

A bit of drizzle and wind pushed us along just fine until we got to Batemans Bay, only to discover an unusually long queue of traffic leading into town.

Not good -  the bridge into Batemans Bay is jammed open

Not good -  the bridge into Batemans Bay is jammed open

Sooo much better after a couple of these !

Sooo much better after a couple of these !

Now what?

Now what?

The reason for the traffic was the swing bridge over the Clyde River was stuck in the up position and no one was going anywhere – and we were only 15minutes from our final destination - typical!

We chatted with a group of stranded local motorcyclists, one of which was an old colleague Paul, who had retired to the South Coast  years ago. He had a beautifully restored 1982 Moto Guzzi 650 Le Mans which had belonged to a mate of his who had passes away the previous year. Paul bought it and got it running again to remember his friend – a perfect memorial. 

And slippery in the gravel and sand

And slippery in the gravel and sand

Sonja hammering on in the dust

Sonja hammering on in the dust

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Seriously dusty

A good sign you are out there in the dirt!

A good sign you are out there in the dirt!

After waiting for half an hour Sonja and I decided to take Runnyford Road, the back way to get around the river and onto Malua Bay. I knew the road from previous trips on my DR650 and it was gravel and sand but very rideable. Unfortunately every other local was taking the same road and in no time we were riding with vehicles everywhere in choking dust. However, then unplanned diversion provided to be the highlight of the trip, most notably riding across the beautiful old timber Runnyford  Bridge. We liked it so much we came back along the road the next day (minus the hundreds of vehicles as the bridge was fixed) and took lots of photos.

Probably the best unplanned detour we’ve ever had!