Friday 10th January
After breakfast we went for a walk along the popular Port Macquarie Town Beach breakwater walk.
All the rocks have been painted with messages or memorial comments or family names anmd dates of visits etc. This was followed by morning coffee and more conversation which threatened to lead into staying another night. I was anxious to be on my way.
We eventually got on the road before midday.
First stop was South West Rocks
then Trial Bay Gaol, Smokey Cape Lighthouse
and finally a leap into yesteryear with an ice cream soda at Tasty Treats located at Back Creek. https://tasty-treats-back-beach.business.site/ We were surprised to see ice cream soda on the menu. We thought this fun treat had died out years ago. Of course we had to pretend we were teenagers by slurping with the straw when we reached the bottom. That slurping noise was when Mum would tell us not be so rude.
Back on the highway we saw a sign to Minnie Waters and as neither of us has been there we side tracked. https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/north-coast/clarence-valley/wooli/attractions/minnie-water-beach There are several camp grounds here and several beaches to choose from. One also has a Surf Life Saving Club.
It seems to be a popular holiday destination with many weekenders for people who live and work in Grafton.
Back on the road again we took a minor road to Ulmarra where we had stopped for coffee last week. We thought dinner at the old hotel would be a nice close to the days driving. Just as we arrived we took a vote and decided to continue on to Broadwater. It’s difficult to take a vote when there are only two of you and nobody has a casting vote. Tony and Dawn had told us to go to the Broadwater Hotel for a good reasonably priced meal. We discovered Broadwater was a further 100 Klms up the highway so we decided to go to Yamba. (The next day we discovered Tony had given us the wrong information, the hotel he recommended is at McLean!) Dinner was at Tom’s Seafood Chinese Restaurant, Yamba. https://toms-seafood-chinese-restaurant.business.site/ The place was packed, busy and very, very noisy. So noisy in fact we discussed leaving before being served. Eventually we were served and we are glad we stayed.
The service, once the order was taken was quick and the food delightful. It was well worth the wait. We shared a Garlic Prawns entrée and a Beef in Black Bean Sauce with fried rice as our main. I had a glass of wine and on leaving Yamba at 9pm was stopped by a breathalyser unit. I told them I had one glass of wine. They tested me using a voice/breath analyser and the officer hesitated before asking again how many drinks and when. My heart skipped a few beats. He then asked me to blow in the next analyser and after a little hesitation told me to have a good night. WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT? No explanation but it left me puzzled and concerned especially as I only had one drink.
The next few hours seemed to pass quickly and we were home by midnight – NSW time.
Saturday 11th January
Despite going to bed at a late hour AND after driving all day, I was awake at 5am.
Enid and I did a three Klm walk before breakfast. My back has been hurting but not necessarily because of all the driving. After leaving the car when driving for a few hours my back feels less painful than sitting in a kitchen chair. That said I have an appointment with the doctor on Monday. He now has the results of a MRI Scan carried out in November plus X-Rays and an Ultrasound taken just after Christmas. The pain and discomfort have been plaguing me since September and I really need some answers and relief. My activities have been restricted due to pain. Making the bed, putting on a load of washing, vacuuming, gardening are quiet painful.
Enid washed i30 which has been covered in soot and mud from the bushfires, dust storms and rain. It now looks like a new car again.
Sunday 12th January
We did another three Klm walk before breakfast.
Enid did a couple of loads of washing, vacuumed, cleaned house and did some weeding before heading back to Brisbane. That left me time to sit at the computer (until my back protested) and edit the hundreds of photos I have taken this week.
There is very little smoke haze around the Gold Coast.