Early start, wake Therese prepare breakfast, load the gear, drop and pack the tent and we are knocking on the office door to collect the block for the esky at 7:20am. Bloody miracle!
We arrive in Nowra at Frans’ office just before 8:30 and have a coffee and a good yarn. I also get the good oil on the best way to travel thought the Sydney area. We delay his first clients by about 10 minutes and are soon on our way to Sydney with the GPS programmed. What a trip, heavy traffic, slow moving, plenty of traffic lights and 37 degree temperature. The temperature does not drop below about 32 degrees for the rest of the day.
Lunch is taken on the banks of the Hawkesbury River with the wind blowing fiercely, shame it's not a cool breeze, and that is something else that stays with us for the rest o the afternoon.
Any plans to visit the Hunter Valley area have now gone by the wayside but planning has started on a specific trip instead. The idea is now to just make kilometres and get home tomorrow night.
At the end of the F3 freeway the sign gives us two options, home via the New England or Costal highways. Apparently only about 30 klms longer inland. We want to visit Bob and Fran in Coffs Harbour so we stick to the coastal plan but I live to regret the decision. What a trip, constant road works and signs reducing the speed to 80 klms per hour; I wish, if only we could go that fast! What a trip, now 36 degrees, blustery winds etc. We make Port Macquarie and give Bob and Fran a ring to see if they have accommodation; no such luck, full house, so we continue on to Kempsey and as it’s the last night, late, and it’s been a bad day, we grab a hotel room and go next door to the restaurant for dinner. Bob phones to make sure we have found some where. It’s great to have caring friends, it’s what our AWRA group is all about.
We make arrangements to meet in the morning and settle down fo the night to a forecast of weather similar to today's.