Yesterday I visited my folks on the central coast and took along my restored 3-speed Speedwell as my dad wanted to see “the real thing”. On the way, I parked the van at The Entrance and went for a spin. It wasn’t entirely a great day as I was caught in rain a couple of times, but I made the most of it. I rode around to the sea and back over the high level bridge to North Entrance. There is a cycle path that follows the Tuggerah lake shore all the way around back from here almost to Wyong and that should be a great ride on a drier day with more time available …. I can’t wait !
I once rode from Swansea Heads to the Entrance and back on this bike, that would be 30 plus years ago – and that was quite a way at the time, via the many (often gravel) roads I took. I don’t know whether the Speedwell was happy to be back riding at The Entrance again – but I know I was.
The channel is one of my favourite spots, and from the bridge or channel edge walkway you can see seagrasses and sandbars, often with large fish casually swimming around over the light sand.
The Entrance is an interesting mix of wealth and disadvantage, like so many areas of the central coast. There are cycle ways and back routes too, if you look for them, but the main shopping precincts are often choked with parked cars and seem hostile to cyclists because of this. Perhaps though, this is true of Australia in general.
Finally I had to leave, and I later did some minor service work on my dad’s bike that he uses to ride 100 metres and back to collect his daily mail. It’s a roughie …. (he has a better one, but likes to use this) !