Welcome to day 5 – another great day on the bike and arguably some of the best scenery of the tour!
After breakfast, its just a few kilometres before we join the highway for what should be a pretty fast run with a good surface through undulating terrain. We leave the highway at Boambee and make our way to morning tea at Coffs Harbour.
After refuelling, we’ll find the Big Banana and then turn left for the climb into the Coffs Coast hinterland. The climb up to Bruxner Gap has a reputation worse than its bite; there’s a stunning view over the coast to take your mind off what your legs might be saying and you’ll be rewarded with a fast downhill through beautiful rainforest. Then its rolling hills through Nana Glen to lunch at Glenreagh.
The afternoon session to Grafton is not everyone’s favourite ride – expect a hard grind over rolling hills on ordinary country roads.
On a positive note, we finish at the Crown Hotel in Grafton overlooking the mighty Clarence River where you might like to share a cold beverage with your cycling mates and reflect on the ride so far.
Dinner tonight and breakfast on day six will be at the Grafton District Services Club (105-107 Mary St Grafton).
We are currently working on the specifics of the route for 2018 and we’ll bring you further details closer to the ride.
|Camping||Approved hotels/ motels|
|Campers will generally be accommodated at Crown Hotel||Crown Hotel (02) 6642 4000;
Quality Inn (02) 6640 9100;
Fitzroy Motor Inn (02) 6642 4477;
Econo Lodge (02) 6642 1944;
Abbey Motel (02) 6642 6122;
Roches Hotel (02) 6642 2866;