Saturday, October 21, 2017

TERRIGAL BEACH AND ROCKY PONDS - SURF AND MTB - 21 OCTOBER 2017


20/10

A surf check not looking good but I settled for a surf at Terrigal beach with Craig and Bryce. The waves were not so good but it was nice to get wet. I managed to get one nice left at the beginning before the high tide turned the session into closeouts.


21/10
The surf was looking not so good again so I drove up to Brisbane Water National Park. I parked at off Woy Woy Road at the start of the Tunnel Trail.



The ride was about 17km with trails, tracks and a bit of drama.

I had the best fall morning. Straight over the handlebars, slam dunked onto the ground and tangled in the bike. :) No worries, the rest of the ride was good. :) I had hurt my wrist but it didn't seem too bad.


The Rocky Ponds were nice and surprising the water flow was light considering the rain from the previous day. It was such a nice place to sit in the sun on the rocks, relax and listen to the sound of the bush.





An Eastern Water Dragon, scuttled out from the rocks near me to bask in the sun.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

BOUDDI MTB - TURKEY, NW AND STROM TRACKS - 19 OCTOBER 2017


A very messy surf this morning. After three surf checks, I gave up.
I went for an mtb at Bouddi NP along turkey, nw and strom tracks. It was so nice to be back riding on the bush tracks - quiet, pretty and the challenging. 






Back at the van, I met Matt who had seen some of my videos on mtb'ing on the central coast.

Later, I had lunch at Killcare Surf Club and then a beach sit with Kara and Mr Archibald. It was a pleasant there being out of the wind.

SYDNEY - PARKLANDS CIRCUIT CYCLE - 18 OCTOBER 2017


17/10

Sydney

I dropped off Kara for her medical treatment then drove to Miranda to visit my sister, Jenny and Peter.  It was a great catchup and lunch.



18/10

Sydney

Firstly, I dropped off Kara for medical treatment.







Secondly, I drove over to the Bicentennial Park at the Olympic Park. I had a 13 km cycle on the Parklands Circuit. It was an easy track with great restored wetlands, birds, views, shipwrecks, towers, steps and a winding trail up hill. I met some interesting people - two disabled guys in motorized chairs, who had some great stories on the weird people they had met; the park ecologist, who told me about the park restoration; and a fellow bike rider, who gave me track advice and told me about the old days of the area.

CENTRAL COAST & SYDNEY - SURFS, HIKES AND CYCLE - 16 OCTOBER 2017


12/10

Started the day with a fun and small surf at Wamberal Beach. Nice lefts and rights.

After the surf, I caught up with friend and had coffee with Glenn, Simon and Guy. Haven't seen them all for awhile.

Back home and Xina the lorikeet, gets out of her cage and flies off. It took Kara hours to coax her down from a tree at the bottom of the steep reserve behind our house.

Later, when it was calmer I had an afternoon stroll with Jacinta at the Haven.



13/10

I drove north and had a fun surf at Frazer Park in Munmorah SCA, except,  when I was run over and my board got a bad ding.

Back home, then out for coffee with Kara and Mr Archibald on the beach at Avoca Point. Beautiful weather.

I had a couple of laps of the Haven with Jacinta towards sunset.

14/10

It was a rainy day. The rain has been very rare of late.

I spent the day reading a book.

15/10

Today the surf was messy with a light off and on rain.

I drove to Girrakool for hike but it was closed. It doesn't open to 9am.

After I got back, Jacinta and I had coffee at The Cove and a short walk along the beach at the Haven.

16/10

Over the next three days, I'll be driving Kara down to Sydney for her medical treatment.

After dropping off Kara, I drove to Wilson Park near the Olympic Park. I cycled along the River Heritage Circuit.  It was a fun 18 km ride with paths, heritage buildings and structures, tracks, steps, ferry wharves, birds, waterways.







Friday, October 13, 2017

SYDNEY, COOKS RIVER KAYAK - 11 OCTOBER 2017


At Sydney again so I decided on a kayak along a part of Cooks River and Wolli Creek.


It was a bit difficult finding a place to launch. The place I had picked was actually fenced off from the water. I drove about a kilometre along the river before I came to a parking area near the water. I had to carry the kayak a short distance and launch down some slippery stairs .


I was on the water and paddled along Cooks River which was fringed with river mangroves. There were a number of birds in spots and heaps of bridges to go under.  The traffic carried by the bridges varied from trains, pedestrians, cars to oil pipelines.



Eventually, I reached the convergence of Wolli Creek and paddled along it. 
It was fringed by mangroves in parts and weeds in others but it was surprisingly pretty. 
There were a lot of fish jumping about and a lot of cormorants looking for a feed.


There were a number of industrial and highrise buildings on the eastern shore. On the western shore, there were mangroves and other trees, parklands and a rocky hillside.
The creek ended at a concrete weir.


It was an unusual kayak and worth the effort.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

SYDNEY, COOKS RIVER MTB - 10 OCTOBER 2017


A  trip to Sydney for Kara's medical treatment.  It started at 10 am and finished approximately 3:30pm. There wasn't much for me to do there but wait so I used the time to do some nearby activities.


Today, I decided on a bike ride along the Cooks River cycle path. 

I started going to the west but found it a bit boring after awhile as it was too urbanized.
I backtracked and headed towards the east.
This was much better. Highlights included: low hanging tree branches, low bridges, narrow bridges to cross, roads with traffic to cross, groups of birds, a blue tongue lizard, a chat with an old Scottish guy, some regenerated wetlands, lots of paths and a few tracks.





I rode as far as the Princess Highway bridge at Tempe. This brought to mind a lot of very old and fun memories. My very first friends and I use to ride our bikes from Newtown to Tempe and wander around Tempe Tip (gone now), crawl along the length of the Princess Highway bridge underneath it, walk along the top of the oil pipes on the bridge and even floated out to Fatima Island on old bedding mattresses. The latter sank on us and it took ages before a fisherman would give us a lift back to shore.

So it was a very good day, remembering and riding.

Friday, October 6, 2017

BOUDDI NP MTB - BOX TRACKS - 7 OCTOBER 2017

A pre-sunrise surf check and off for a mountain bike ride.



I parked the van and loaded up the repaired bike for a ride on the Box Head tracks at Bouddi National Park. The last ride I had, at Kooragang, I had two flat tyres.



My first accomplishment on this ride was making it to the top of Hawks Road without stopping. Loving this new bike.


The second merit, was doing the Old Wagstaffe trail and the trail down to the Tallow Beaches with speed and control. Both are steep and rough.


The third, was sighting a small flock of yellow tailed black cockatoo on Tallow Beach and a swamp wallaby in the bush just off Hawks Road.


In addition, other fun parts were the track to Little Tallow Beach - narrow, beach views, steps and rocky cliffs - and having Tallow Beach all to myself. Both these beaches are so pretty being wind swept white sand surrounded by cliffs and rugged and dense bush vegetation.



I surprised myself when at the end of my ride my GPS indicated I had done over 10km. It didn't feel like it.



I drove to Terrigal Haven for a morning cappuccino and watched a wedding on the grassed foreshore.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

KOORAGANG WETLANDS MTB - 5 OCTOBER 2017

2 October 2017

Fun surf at North Avoca with Micheal. Some okay ones amongst the not so okay ones.

3 October 2017

Surf check but not so good.

Jacinta and I had coffee at Terrigal Haven. The wind was light, there was a cloud cover and it began to sprinkle lightly with rain.

Afterwards, I parked at Kincumba Mountain and had a ride on the tracks.


It was a quiet ride and the tracks were very sandy in parts. Some rain needed to firm it down.

In the afternoon, Kara, Mr Archibald and I drove to Copacabana beach for coffee and to watch the ocean.

5 October 2017

Jacinta and I left early morning for a bike ride at Kooragang Wetlands at Newcastle.



We crossed a bridge made in 1956 to Ash Island and parked the van. there were a number of conservation volunteers there who were about to start removing reeds from certain areas of the wetland. A nice thing for young people to do.


We rode along the raised pathway above the mangroves. I learnt that there are 20 species of mangroves in Australia and two of them are here - River Mangrove and Grey Mangrove.


We followed a track that took us to the Roselle Track. This track was marked as circular but we actually had to backtrack the way we came. It was an interesting track next to mangroves and salt pans. We saw a few birds as well.




We continued along the road then followed the rainforest track. That was a fun track through overhanging trees and curving paths.


The track continued around the edge of the island along the Scotts Way track until old Milham's Farmhouse. It was interesting with remnants of the old farm house, a well and a garden. The mulberries were delicious.




Unfortunately, as we rode over the grass off the track towards the farmhouse a number of thorns had punctured our tyres ... four flat tyres. Jacinta's bike was a bit okay so she rode back to the van while I walked my bike to the road. Eventually, after Jacinta's tyres going flat again and a magpie attack, we connected again, loaded up the bikes, and visited the old radar station and the schoolhouse.

The radar station was ordinary but the old schoolhouse now an administration building was a beautiful building especially the interior. We met the project manager for the restoration of the island and were amazed by all the work that had been done.



On the drive home, we stopped at Caves beach for ginger beer and fish n' chips on the sand and in the sun.

TERRIGAL BEACH AND ROCKY PONDS - SURF AND MTB - 21 OCTOBER 2017

20/10 A surf check not looking good but I settled for a surf at Terrigal beach with Craig and Bryce. The waves were not so good but it...