I'm very glad I didn't try to tackle Thunderbolt's Way the previous afternoon. It was a divine, twisty, demanding piece of road - not helped by the large potholes big enough to swallow little scooters.
The day was clear and bright and the traffic once again light. After an hour or so of winding my way up and down the mountains, I reached the top and was rewarded with the most magnificent view.
Another hour or so of cruising these great roads, morning tea at Walcha, blasted thru Armidale (did I mention I don't like highways) and stopped at Ebor for a late lunch.
Picked up a local smoked trout and some cracker biscuits and sat overlooking the incredible escarpment and Ebor Falls.
Altho I miss having the BOSS on the back, I've decided I really like touring alone - I can stop when I like, eat when I'm hungry, pee when I need to and take the roads at my own pace. Although the Sportcity eats up twisties, she was very heavily loaded with panniers and a full topbox, so the trip was slower than my normal pace, but pleasant riding nonetheless. So much magnificent scenery we have here in Australia.
As I left Ebor, the weather decided to close in. Black clouds to the north and a huge storm cell to the south. There way a ray of sunlight (literally!!) down the middle and that's where I was heading.
The last little stretch into Bellingen was down the Waterfall Way. Hard to describe what its like riding through the middle of a rainforest. I should have stopped and taken more photos but half the road had washed away and there were diversionary roadworks all over the place. It was so lush and green and peaceful and I managed to outrun both storms.
I can't quite believe I got there dry!