Breakdown Blues – Day 96 – Uki

Day 96 Thursday 8/9/2022 Murwillumbah, sunny misty rain 8 – 22

We take a drive up the valley to Uki pronounced You Kye. We follow the Tweed for 15kms through lush farmlands below Mt Warning. There’s much evidence of the March floods that devastated this area. Trees have been uprooted, flattened, gardens destroyed and there’s roadside subsidence.

Uki is a little gem. A bit alternate with some interesting shops. We buy a couple of cheese boards from a woodworker as gifts. There’s even a knife sharpening business called ‘Tinker’s Cuss’. Bastion Lane is a coffee roaster with a difference. It is located in, a post office or is it the other way round. I do know that they make a good coffee.

Back at the Showgrounds, I’m in the loo when a lady asks the caretaker why the electric hand dryer isn’t working. The caretaker patiently tells her that like a lot of the town it was underwater during the floods. They’ve done a fabulous job just to get the place looking spick and span again.

As we’ll be passing through Coffs Harbour tomorrow we make an appointment at ABCO Caravan Repairs to get our shower roof hatch repaired. We do some packing up so that we can get an early start in the morning before driving up to Miami (Qld) for dinner with our sister-in-law, the very good golfer (Woody the Elder is down in Melbourne). She takes us to That’s Amore just around the corner and it’s warm enough to dine outside.

For the return journey, we put our trust in the GPS. The traffic is heavy, it’s dark and the lighting is poor. We have no idea where we are and wonder if letting Gabbi lead the way was such a good idea, but she comes up trumps and gets us safely home. Phew!

Accom: $25.00

Fuel: $95.27 (199.9c/l after 10c NRMA Discount)


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