Day 9-LAST DAY – Forries Beach to Hornsby via Patonga-Bobbin Head ferry 

Working backwards from the time we needed to arrive at Patonga - for the 11.30 ferry - we concluded that we needed to leave around 7am.  We didn't have any supplies for breakfast in the motel, so (breaking my cardinal rule of 'must eat before riding, otherwise I might die') we hit out for the 14k …

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Day 9 – last day – Forresters Beach to Hornsby via Patonga-Bobbin Head ferry (map and notes)

We had a few choices of route between the Central Coast and Sydney.  There is of course, the Old Pacific Highway ... but, we passed on that. We had done it the other way late last year on the Newcastle Overnight ride... and definitely weren't champing at the bit to do it again. (There would …

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Day 8 – Newcastle to Forrester’s Beach 

Quick view check before leaving Newcastle... and a chat with a passing English couple about bike touring! Marc had researched the flattest route out of Newie, as we headed for the start of the Fernleigh Track  at Adamstown.    We spied a "COFFEE - This Way -->" sign at a roundabout just before the start...  so …

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Day 8-Newcastle to Forrester’s Beach (map & notes) 

We've ridden this route south to north a couple of times, so it was interesting to do it the other way. Marc  figured out what he thought was a pretty flat route out of Newcastle City Centre... so that's worth following (particularly if your legs are at the end of a trip like ours were!) …

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Day 7 – Hawks Nest to Newcastle (map and notes) 

The ferry from Tea Gardens is operated by Port Stephens Ferry Service.  We rang the previous afternoon to book on the 9am ferry, but the guy was all 'just turn up'.  I think we were charged $10 each one way, and $5 for the tandem (can't remember)...    It can be cancelled due to weather …

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Day 6 – Forster to Hawks Nest (via Mining Trail/Old Gibber Fire Trail) 

Our original plan for today was to ride the Lakes Way to Bulahdelah.  But then... we'd had a guy in the bike shop back at Laurieton ask Marc if we were going to go to Seal Rocks, and said that he'd heard of a road connecting the Seal Rocks road to Mungo Brush.  As we …

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