celebrating 40+ years of motorcycling

The joys of the backroads.

Just got back from 5 very relaxing days on the Central Coast. It’s been so long since we’ve had a “proper”  holiday, so we took off on Monday and hightailed it up to Ettalong. For those of you who don’t know it, it’s a tiny town on the Brisbane Waters just south of Woy Woy (made famous, of course, by Spike Milligan whose parents lived thee for many, many years).

The motel was superb and the whole exercise was one of relaxation and chilling out and it worked superbly.

But the point ot this post is to mention again how much more fun travelling can be if you are able to avoid the main highways. On the way up we used the M7 (don’t get me started on THAT), then across to the Old Pacific Highway and through on that road to Gosford then back down to Ettalong.

On the way home today we did the reverse. Down the Old Road, avoiding the F3 at all costs, then, at Berowra, we headed west to the ferry and then wound our way through the Hills District till we reached Windsor. From there we did a small transport stage to Penrith and then down my favourite backroad through Mulgoa, Wallacia, Silverdale and Picton. Then down Mt Keira Road and home.

Of the total distance we travelled, probably less than 15% of the total was spent on main roads. Of course, being New Year’s Day, the traffic was minimal and it was a very pleasant, stress-free journey home.


  1. I remember a book I read, ‘Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance’, talked about the beauty of B roads. I ride Old Gympie Road north of Brisbane when I can instead of the Bruce Highway. I suppose it is a ‘B road’. Speed isn’t everything, especially when on a motorbike, in my very inexperienced view anyway.

    This is my first comment here but I have been following your blog now for a few months. Keep up the writing, I really enjoy it. Cheers.

    • Phil Hall says

      I remember that book. Very “70’s-ish” if I recall. Yeah, I hate the highways and there are some lovely backroads in Qld to explore, too. I lived up there for 3 years, but, unfortunately, my job kept me very busy and I didn’t get anywhere near enough time to explore the possibilities. Thanks for the positive comments, glad you enjoy reading.

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