The surprise 85th birthday gift of a trike tour, was organised by Meryl for her husband Robin. They both used to rider bikes back in the day, but haven’t been on one for a long time. She decided on a trike as opposed to 2 Harleys because she wasn’t sure they’d be able to lift their legs over the Harleys. Meryl thought she’d surprise Robin and she sure did. Today they felt young again.
Our trike rider Syl, met them in the car park near the Spit Bridge. Firstly, they crossed the Spit Bridge which is always fun. With great views of Middle Harbour and expensive boats. The Spit Bridge is a steel and concrete girder bridge with a bascule lift span across the Middle Harbour.
Manly, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why etc
They rode up past Queenscliff, which is really northern Manly. Then they rode past Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why and Long Reef. All such beautiful beaches.
They rode via Narrabeen Lagoon (also referred to as Narrabeen Lake) is Sydney’s Northern Beaches largest estuary system located just behind the world famous surfing beach at Narrabeen. It is a haven for wildlife. So far, the surprise 85th birthday gift was a lot of fun. Already they had seen so many of the beautiful places many visitors or locals to Sydney don’t get to see.
“Home and Away”
Then the tour went via Bilgola Plateau, Clareville, Careel Bay and Avalon before reaching Whale Beach. Between Whale Beach and Palm Beach is the Palm Beach Bible Garden. It has spectacular views over Palm Beach. After a stop for coffee, a stretch and a look at the view, they headed to Palm Beach. It is the home of the long running TV series “Home and Away”. However, the 3 hour tour was just over halfway done, so Syl turned around and they headed back to the Spit Bridge and their car.
Next, they turned right and headed along Mona Vale Road, Terry Hills. This meant they would have new scenery and new roads to ride on. They did a big loop.
This joins the Wakehurst Parkway. We love the Wakehurst Parkway because the legal speed is faster than most Sydney limits.
After riding along a part of it, they rode up the Parkway to Oxford Falls. The Oxford Falls are two waterfalls on Middle Creek, which flows north to meet Oxford Creek. Meandering Creek flows into Middle Creek. Garigal National Park borders the suburb, to the north. Then it was through the norther suburbs of Frenchs Forest and Seaforth to their car on the south side of the Spit Bridge.
In conclusion, the surprise 85th birthday gift was a huge surprise and a great one. It was also a lot of fun and very memorable.