Hello Hervey Bay
My mother always said things come in threes. Some might call it superstition or coincidence or the result of energy following the mind’s focus. But more often than not, things in threes seemed to happen.
And so it did when I arrived at Hervey Bay, the third stop in our road trip. Over the ten days, we’d visited the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail near Esk. Around Bargara, we’d seen the sugar cane locos shuffling around the cane fields. Then arriving at Hervey Bay where calm seas floated like pale blue silk, my bicycle gave me yet another railway encounter.
This time it was the ghost of a railway.
Stretching out into the bay waters for almost a kilometre, The Urangan Pier is a prominent feature in Hervey Bay. When it was built in 1917, the pier was even longer at 1124 metres. Steam trains carrying sugar, coal and timber would clatter along the pier delivering their load to cargo ships. This railway line remained active until the 1980s.
Now its grey hardwood boards carry people out to sea. Some stroll, some walk briskly, some run, others fish or take photos or pause to look over the stark white railing for a glimpse of passing sting-rays, dolphins, bream or tuna. And some, like me, well they ride a bike along the pier.
So I thought I’d take you for ‘a dink’ with me. Or perhaps you know it as ‘a double’. Or perhaps you have no idea what I mean. To ‘dink’ or to ‘double’ is an Australian expression for giving someone a lift on a bicycle. So click the video and hop on 🙂
It’s a five minute ride, quite beautiful but it might be a bit bumpy or a bit long (it is almost a kilometre). So hop off whenever you like 🙂
If you’d like to read more from this series of road trip stories, follow these links. The first story is about my first experience of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. In the second story, I write about riding the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail unsupported – you just never know who you’ll meet. The third story takes me to Bundaberg for some sugar cane cycles and my fourth story celebrates the streets of small towns.