Left Forbes intent on bypassing Sydney and going to the coast for a swim. The Bylong Valley Way looked interesting and delivered on that. Stopped off for a look-see at Molong then sipping through Orange and Bathurst before stopping at Sofala.
Sofala is a very old mining town and steps you back a couple of centuries, or so it seems. The streets are narrow and make for an interesting walk or drive. The locals, sitting on the sidewalk outside the pub, appeared to be performing in character as well. A real hat town. Probably getting primed to celebrate Australia Day.
Thinking as driving: Australia's red roads or minor highways must have more potholes than the sands on Bondi Beach, or maybe it's just NSW. Some of the small town, council maintained roads, are even worse. All the resent rain? La Nina, El Nino, ENSO, SAM, MJO, IDO or just the weather?
The Golden Hwy for a bit, overnighting at Jerrys Plains. Skip though Singleton, and on to Dungog via Bingleburra, Stroud, Booral, cross the A1 at Bulahdelah and Seal Rocks.
Air temp far better than inland and the water temp, nice.
|That's where all the TP went.|
|Sofala Street Art.|
|Sofala mining stuff?|