I definitely didn't have the best nights sleep last night, and I can't imagine anyone else but the old bloke did either! His ridiculously loud snoring was a mix between snoring and grunting like he was struggling to breathe. I couldnt decide which I would rather have done; hit him over the head with a pillow, or just put one over his head with a heavy object on to muffle the flipping noise!
He got up about 6am though, so I managed to have a couple of extra hours sleep once he had gone, then got up about 9am.
Unfortunately the weather forecast proved to be right today; it's steady rain and over cast outside. There isn't the fog like the other day, but I think the lookouts are probably sill out the question.
I packed up all my stuff and then just sat talking to Lucas in the room for a while. He also taught he how to do a magic cards trick, which I have written down in my phone so I can remember how to do it! It reminded me of the ones I learned from Mark in Canarvon Gorge, but I have forgotten those.
I signed out the hostel about 10:30am, ate my breakfast in the car, then set off for the coast. I decided I would go to the furthest southerly point I was aiming to reach, a 'city' (really just a big town) called 'Wollongong'. This was nearly 2 hours south of Sydney, so I decided I would go there and work my way back to Sydney. Then towards the end of next week I will see if I can meet Flo in Sydney, then go the 9 hours up to Coffs and spend a few days at Spot X, before returning to the Sunny Coast.
The weather actually got worse the further down out of the Blue Mountains I got, as I headed east to the coast. It was as if I drove down into the clouds and fog. Once I was out of the mountains it cleared up a little, until I got about an hour from Wollongong, when it became really foggy and wet again.
When arrived in the city I went to 'North Beach' and parked the car. The weather was cloudy but dry, so I had some lunch and want off on the skateboard to explore. There are brilliant smooth promenades and cycle paths here, so the skating was brilliant fun!
I went round the harbour, towards the southern beaches. Right off the harbour wall I saw the biggest stingray I have ever seen! It must have been 6ft across and was just gliding around under the fishing boats next to the wall, it was amazing!
I then went up to the lighthouse, down the other side and along the back of the beach beach there, the name of which I can't remember.
Just when I got back to the car about 2 hours later, all of a sudden the wind picked up, and within 10 minutes it was rain/drizzling and miserable. I drove the car round to a carpark by the lighthouse with a brilliant view of the beach, and sat in the car reading my book.
Later on I went back round to where I had parked originally by the other beach, as the park behind it had some picnick areas under shelter. I cooked my dinner there, then it was nearly dark so went off to find a quiet spot to sleep for the night.
All in all it's been a little bit of a 'nothing' day really, taken up by leaving the hostel late and driving through the middle of the day. Unfortunately there is virtually no swell around, and it was obvious checking the beaches I'm not sure if I will get a surf here, but we'll see tomorrow..
(Photo - more blue mountains)