A cool, sunny day with light winds greeted the DUBBUG riders on Sunday. More perfect cycling conditions would be hard to find. It was an 81 kilometre ride scheduled from Urunga to Macksville via Bowraville and return. Given the varied home towns of the riders it was a case of riders joining and leaving at various points throughout the cycle but with most completing the full ride.
The Pacific Highway’s traffic was mercifully light but recent windy storms had strewn the road shoulder with significant debris. One small branch flipped between the spokes would be sufficient to send the rider over the handlebars. Fortunately, any mishaps were avoided. Nonetheless, it was still pleasant to leave this road and venture onto the less travelled route from Nambucca Heads to Bowraville.
George was peer pressured into proceeding all the way to Bowraville with its significant number of hills enroute, not his favourite terrain. Herb and Allan kept pace well with the leaders some of whom were suffering from inadequate diets or inadequate exercise.
Revitalised with caffeine and Moroccan pastries the downhill run to Macksville was quickly accomplished even though a south-westerly breeze strengthened as the morning progressed. This wind made the return trip to Urunga along the Pacific Highway almost effortless but the long and hilly ride ensured that all would sleep well that night, if not before.