Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Royal National Park

Friday was my RDO or rostered day off at work for those not in the know of what an RDO is. I had a thousand and one jobs to do at home which I started the first one which was painting the back patio. As it warmed up a bit I was eyeing off the bright blue sky's and thought to myself wtf am I doing here painting and not out riding? I am I stupid? Don't answer that. back in Feb 2015.

Well let's just say that I hurriedly finished the painting and got straight on the bike and pointed it in the direction of the nearest twisty road. Luckily due to the painting I'd missed the Friday morning peak hour traffic and it took no time at all on the M7 & M5 motorways to get down to the southern side of Sydney to ride through the Royal National Park. The last time I'd ridden down here was when I had Scooterbob back in Feb 2015.





I missed riding in from the top end of the Park near Sutherland preferring to ride into the park via Waterfall and down directly into the twisties. There were quite a few bikes out today which surprised me a little bit being a Friday and all. I suppose that there are a lot of other bike riders out there that also have an RDO or don 't work Friday's, that or they just called in sick to work and went for a ride.



It wasn't long before the 14kms of twisty bits were dispatched and I'd popped out at the look out at Stanwell tops or Bald Hill as its called. Spectacular views from up here and I enjoy it every time I come here. There were a lot of bikes up here today and I had a chat with a friendly young guy riding a GSXR750.




Looking south to Wollongong

There were two friendly little parrots walking around the lookout looking for some stray food that any of the tourists might have dropped on the ground but I had nothing today little fellas sorry.


It was not lunch time and I fancied a burger and beer and knew just the spot for it. I would ride down over the Sea Cliff bridge and on to the Scarborough Hotel for lunch. Its an expensive pub but the views really make up for it and I only do this once every couple of years anyway. I'd stopped at all of these places with my old R1 and thought I'd get some pics with my new R1 at the same locations.



Ocean views galore
 


My new R1 on the Sea Cliff bridge




The Scarborough Hotel is not very far down past the Sea Cliff bridge and is usually very busy on weekends and it was friday lunch time today and they were already busy. There were a few bikes parked in the carpark today but looks like I got pole position out the front!



The burger and beer was absolutely delicious but was a bit big and I couldn't finish it all. After lunch it was a reverse of the trip down with a few less stops. All up a fantastic way to spend my day off on a friday.




12 comments:

  1. A really scenic ride Steve - great photos! Did you tell your wife that you'd been busy on your domestic tasks all day or did you have permission to skive off? ;-)

    I actually prefer going for a ride on weekdays as there's a heck of a lot less traffic.

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    1. Er permission er whats that? Nope I kept looking at the bright blue skies and trying to hurry up so I can get the bike out. Weekday rides are the best, low traffic makes for a great ride.

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  2. twas a nice day on friday for a ride
    and you were 12klm from me house having lunch lol
    always a lot of bikes up thru the park of late
    and most have no idea and are a danger to all

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    1. Yeah I'm sure there are quite a few like that sadly mate. We will have to meet up one day out on a ride.

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  3. Looks like a nice summer's day. You fellas ever have a winter?

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    1. Gotta love Sydneys winters with your 22°C days and such.

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  4. The Pillion and I came up through there the Thursday before Easter. There was a 25 year gap since the last time we went through... Hec the sea bridge hadn't been built yet.

    That ride through the National Park is still as I remember it. Although the road is better now.

    Cheers

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    1. Yes its a good little ride with great views. I like to refer to it as Sydneys smaller version of the great ocean road.

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  5. Very envious of that nice winter weather that you are enjoying! That's a nice route you've taken and that lunch looks damn appealing. Then to top it off you ride two days over the weekend - well done. Cheers

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    1. Hi Jules
      Weather has been fantastic for riding here lately, wish I could get out more. Thanks for the kind comments!!!!

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