With everything down under effectively closed we are all eagerly looking for interesting and rewarding travel experiences on our own doorstep.
Fearful of making commitments and bookings that may be ripped from under you, taking small trips in your own state seems to be the very sensible thing to do. While I am not known for being very sensible, I am learning!
I have been a fan of Tour de Vine’s for sometime after joining them on a ride from Beechworth to Bright in Victoria. So when the opportunity came to ride Tour de Vine’s latest tour from Thirroul to Kiama on the sparkling NSW south coast I was in my lycra faster than a Queensland border closure!
DAY 1: THIRROUL TO WOLLONGONG
First stop is the lovely seaside town of Thirroul where we are met by Jeff. Whilst not actually guiding or riding with us, Jeff provides us with the necessary accoutrement to get this show on the road – handy things like bikes and maps! And these are great quality bikes I might add – much better than my own two wheeler at home.
Jeff will be transporting our bags to our first overnight stop which is the bigger seaside town of Wollongong. He is also on call for us in the event of any mishaps or unfortunate events such as failure of the gluteus maximus or massive buttock ache.
So as we wave Jeff goodbye and weave our way down to the dedicated bike track that hugs the coastline we decide its time for some light refreshment and enjoy a cool cider matched with a delectable fish cocktail from ‘The Jolly Roger’ in McCauley Street. It’s the perfect way to carb up for our tour.
The Illawarra coastal cycle path is a flat gentle ride (though I probably shouldn’t have indulged in that extra piece of calamari) that takes you all the way to Wollongong. The sun is shining but the wind is nipping so sadly we forgo a salty dip which is a shame as the ocean is looking so inviting and I have worn my bathers which are playing havoc under my lycra!
A few degrees warmer would have seen us frolicking in the waves and I predict this leg of the tour will be a huge hit in the warmer months.
After two hours of glorious beachy riding we arrived at our first night’s accommodation, The Novotel Wollongong. After a ride around the beachfront at North Wollongong we check in to our spacious room overlooking the ocean with a luxurious newly renovated bathroom. Comfy digs indeed for a couple of sweaty bikers.
Dinner at Steamers Bar and Grill on the water is highly recommended especially if you like oysters – very fresh oysters!
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