Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bunya Mts to Kenilworth via Kingaroy, Beerwah & Maleny. Thurs July 20th

282 km today of excellent riding. By agreement our best day yet. Apart from the cold windy start, the weather was perfect. Roads were interesting and varied, and apart from the tourist trap of Maleny - on the whole quiet with minimal traffic.

Dawn on Bunya Mt and the wind was still gusting up to 50km/hour. By unanimous vote we abandoned breakfast at Westcott campground and agreed a hot cooked meal in Kingaroy was a more attractive option. M and U were packed and ready to go before me so we agreed to meet in Kingaroy. 
Due to faulty GPS they headed down the mountain on a different route, so we made our separate ways to Kingaroy - me on the prefered scenic direct route, while they had to navigate some minor gravel side roads.

Breakfast then on to Nanango and the D'Aguilar Highway down to Kilcoy. Fuel and lunch provisions and on to our lunch stop.

On via the scenic route via Beerwah and Maleny where we paused at the Mary Cairncross scenic reserve with views back over the volcanic plugs of the Glasshouse Mts.

Maleny was buzzing - school pickup time - worst traffic all day. After Maleny traffic disappeared and we had a wonderful run on great roads through very pretty countryside to our planned stop for the night at the Kenilworth showgrounds. Cheap and cheerful. $7 per person with $1 hot shower. Grey nomad territory!
Dinner at the top pub and to bed, satisfied and happy. Tomorrow northward ho!

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