Monday, 23 March 2015

TOD Tour, Day 41 - Black Rocks to Lake Ainsworth

Our Daily Bread at Broadwater
The sun exploded on us at just the right time this morning, allowing us to dry the canopy, pack up and leave Black Rocks after two days of intermittent rain. Beautiful place.

We cut back to Woodburn on the Pacific Highway and then back out to Evans Head for lunch, down by the Evans River past the RSL club. We watched the tide recede as we ate lunch from the Avan. We find the best places for having lunch on the road.

From Evans Head, we went back to the Pacific Highway, finding it at Broadwater and had afternoon tea at the magnificent Our Daily Bread Cafe. Located in an old Catholic Church, it's reconstituted retro interior has been very cleverly organised by two partitions crossing in the middle and making four discrete "rooms". Each is a scene from a 1950/60's house, with furniture and other decor coordinated to represent the era. Over on one side of the space, the confessionals have been retained in their original condition. Outside, there are delightful spots to sit under 100% shadecloth, looking out over the cane fields. The kitchen provides meals and treats which cater for difficult diets and for once, we encountered lactose-free milk so I could have a mocha.

Great place.

Sue loves her prawns
We drove on through Ballina, stopping at Bunnings for some bits and pieces and capturing a photo of the Giant Prawn. Those who are regular readers of this blog will know we have a penchant for "big things".  From Ballina, we went along the coast road up to Lennox Head and our caravan spot at Lake Ainsworth.

The late afternoon gave me the chance to make some changes inside the van: adding a new powerpack which has USB chargers included and then mounting the old powerpack beside the table so that the toaster and electric jug can stay on the table. It will also mean that cameras and computers can be charged and run from the table.

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