Hunter Valley and Beyond 2009 - Day 7

 

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Reasonably early start so we can at least attempt to get to Cessnock. We head to Campbelltown and Penrith via the lesser roads then up into the Blue Mountains to Katoomba. The plan was to play a bit of the tourist here but there are so many tourists here already that we cannot get within cooee of any of the attractions. The decision is made to continue on to Lithgow but I make a mistake when I see the Jenolan Caves sign. You see, the Jenolan Caves is the reason we have an extra day. The plan was to stay in Katoomba then go to the caves in the morning to have time to do a tour. Last time we went there we arrived too late in the afternoon. A decision was made not to go to the caves but I was silly enough to ask again and as we skipped Katoomba it was a case of why not. It means that we won’t get to Cessnock but that can’t be helped. Going in was OK but coming out was going to test the wing’s pulling power. Arriving and driving through the entrance cavern with all the lights on drew gasps and camera moments but the real fun came when we couldn’t get into the car parks and then had to do a 40 point turn on an uphill corner in the gravel with the trailer. Interesting!
Finally we get into a car park and wander back down to the village. Sure enough, the finish times to the tours was going to make us quite late even into Lithgow, so, again, failing to do the tour, we lunched from the esky, ran the camera gauntlet again, wound our way back up out of the valley and headed back to the highway. Through Lithgow and the GPS is telling me we can be in Cessnock by 8:00pm. Let’s go. So it’s over the Bell’s Line of Road to Windsor, another great bike ride, then up the Putty Road to Singleton. More fun corners and thankfully only light traffic. With a couple of stops for fuel, drinks and fruit, we roll into Cessnock a bit after 8:00pm. Five nights on the road and we still haven’t pulled the tent out of the trailer. A local tells us the caravan park has closed so we check out a couple of motels that are full then ring Trevor to find where he is. We book in, grab dinner and start planning tomorrow.

 

  • Riding in the Blue Mountains
  • Riding in the Blue Mountains
  • Riding in the Blue Mountains
  • Riding in the Blue Mountains
  • Indigenous didgeridoo entertainer
  • View from a lookout in Katoomba
  • The Three Sisters
  • The Three Sisters
  • Riding in the Blue Mountains
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Jenolan Caves
     

 

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