With all the rain of late I was hopeful of getting a fine Sunday and despite some scattered showers yesterday it turned out to be a classic hot summer day here in the sub tropics.
I set off about 7.30am and decided to make the most of it and go large. From the Gold Coast I rode over Currumbin, Burrinbgah range, Coolamon Scenic road to Federal via Mullumbimby and ended up at Eltham Pub. The guy that runs the hippie bus tours out of Byron Bay must be doing good, he started with a mini bus some time ago but today had two larger buses of back packers there chugging beers. I had intended to stay for lunch however they have downsized the bar menu to snack items and the restaurant was too far the other side of the scales.
I rode up the hill and tried Clunes café but they were closing the kitchen despite it being just after 12:00 (NSW time) ?? it’s really a shame, I used to like making this area my destination for lunch. A friend I met at Eltham suggested a run over to Uki via same roads except via Stokers siding after Burrinbah range. This went well and Uki Pub always a good spot to stop and chat, never too crowded and nice to sit out the front and watch the bikes go by.
After a long lunch I had to pick up the pace a bit as some rain was forming on Mt Warning. The rain came in rather quick and was just behind me by the border with an occasional drop on the visor however the hills slowed it down and I made my escape to stay dry all the way home.