After the Rappville experience we got
very wet in the morning and dry again during the second half of the
day. We stayed on a Caravan Park in South Grafton, continued to
another one in Coffs Harbour, on the coast where they have a giant
banana. They seem to like big things here.
Then we continued to Bellingen. It's
not so far south of Coffs Harbour and some 11 kms inland. We were
told many times to go there. It was supposed to be historic, calm and
an old hippie place. We were not disappointed. There were buildings
from almost a century ago, it was beautiful, it had a small museum
and it was calm indeed. As we had been riding for over a week and
every day had been a mountain stage with endless ups and downs we
decided to have a day off there. It was raining when we arrived, so
we took the Diggers Tavern as our domicile.
The day was spent by defining the route
for the coming week, where to ride, where to stay and when to arrive
at the gates of Sydney, as we have an appointment there. Eveline made
a walk to the old butter factory, we had a leisurely lunch together
and so on.
In the evening we had a choice: a blues
band was playing in our tavern, a jazz band in the federal hotel, the
old pub. We decided for the latter, wasn't difficult.
It was great. We had our food and
drinks on the veranda and at 19.00 hrs the Roger Burke Quartet
started to play. We had a fantastic evening, the band, saxophone,
guitar, bass and drums, was wonderful. The musicians were really
communicating with each other, they lived through their instruments.
The audience was never bigger than 15 or 20, there were some guest
players and singers, marvoullous. A thing to remember from our many
If you would like to know more about
the RBQ (not BBQ) Jazz band, click here
and go to their website, with