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Surf and Turf

Took the CB for it’s second proper outing last weekend. I wanted to ride North or West however the roads were cut in some places due to floods and the south again looked the more dry option.

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Riding over Curumbin range in the morning there were so many motorbikes there that I wondered if this route was in danger of becoming over popular. Turned out there were simply many riders everywhere that day being the first fine sunny weekend in months.

Looking for a way to vary the ride but not go too far I turned East before Murwillumbah and rode over Nunderi and to Cabarita Beach on the coast where it turned a bit cloudy for a small time. I used to take the ‘coast road’ alternative to the old pacific highway before the new motorway was constructed and always fancied living at Hastings Point. Nearly purchased an apartment there when I was working at the Gold Coast.

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Shame about the old Cabarita beach hotel being knocked down, Hastings point seems mostly untouched while Pottsville is being developed rapidly now and will soon lose it’s village charm.

After arriving back at Mooball I rode south on the Tweed Valley way which is the old Pacific highway until it’s end and I was forced onto the new Pacific highway which I blasted down a short way and exited at Byron Bay to follow Coolamon Senic drive back into Mullumbimby and then back to Billinudgel and then returning over the Tweed Valley way.

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I enjoyed Burrinbah range and then skirted Stokers Siding onto Bakers Rd to arrive at the Tweed Valley art gallery café for lunch. The gallery café has good food, good coffee and gives visitors a teriffic view on the Tweed river and the valley to the border ranges. The prices are really not more than pub lunches and if you have a partner riding pillion then I am certain they will enjoy stopping here.

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After there I took a leisurely paced ride back through Numinbah valley and Advancetown to Nerang. Despite the familiarity of this way home it still is very scenic and offers riders some excellent curves.

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The CB performed perfectly. Very satisfying motorcycle to ride because it delivers all the usual enjoyment to the rider at less pace meaning the ordinary roads and average corners become better. 

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5 comments

  1. Great work IC......I still think that area has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world! I think I need to plan a trip back to my old home to spend a weekend riding the roads I grew up on.

    You are right about the old Cabarita Beach Hotel, it was a great place, (but the new one does have some great food.)

    Really love the first shot with the CB looking at the corner, and the final photo with the waterfall. well done.

    cheers
    Anthony

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  2. Thanks Anthony, the last photo was just at the roadside starting to climb the range from Numinbah valley NSW side. Not too many places like that left.

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  3. Great post & photo's, I also went for a ride last week out through Numibah to the 'Two Pines' cafe. Yes lots of bikes out on the first decent weekend in ages.
    One word of caution, due to the rain a number of pot holes, some mid corner so everyone please keep your heads up and enjoy.
    Graeme

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  4. Hey IC, well done on the site, been following for a while. The CB looks great, my vintage to a T, I am riding a 99 Thunderbird, very much for the same reason as you on the CB, time to enjoy the ride and no more challenges to be done. Where is your home base?

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  5. Photos are impressive. Fantastic views! If I ever get down there, you gotta show me around! :)
    Cheers, mate!

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