We're staying up in the Myall Lakes NP as we do every October and this morning we went on my traditional family bike ride.
The weather was a little cooler, a little cloudy, perfect. Rain predicted for the afternoon. OK.
It all started well. A few kms down the dirt road and over the Bomba Point ferry and down the Mungo Road for a walk through the Mungo Brush rain forest.
Lovely. We made it to the rain forest just in time for a light shower. No big deal. It was nice stopping under the cabbage palms every now and again.
It's a great walk. The shower passed. Had to fix a flat on the 11yos front tyre before we left Mungos. It went flat while we were walking. On the way back to Bomba Point it was looking good. 11 year old going great. 9 year old going great. Wife going great.
Until all of a sudden we noticed a darkness growing in the South.
Yikes. We hurried up to get to the ferry, but we had to wait. And wait.
Then it started.
The wind grew stronger and stronger.
The rain started pouring.
It was freezing.
Some nice people in a waiting car offered to let the girls sit inside. Shaz and I stuck it outside.
Then it started hailing.
We were shivering like crazy and laughing like kids. It was ridiculous. Another kind motorist ran over with an umbrella and we at least got some protection.
Finally the ferry came over and took us across. We huddled in front of the engine fan exhaust to keep warm as the 150m journey seemed to take an hour.....
Then finally we got across and bolted for the Eco Resort cafe just next to the ferry. The staff there saved the day with towels and got chocolate.
The 9yo was not quite convinced we were going to make it home OK even though she was the only one smart enough to bring a jacket. The weather outside was still filthy and we had another 7 or 8km to go on dirt. But the hot chocolate was good.
After a bit it was safe to leave. Rain stopped. Wind stopped. Wallabies everywhere.
Back to the Shack in one piece. We even warmed up a little on the way. Wet, cold, muddy, triumphant - another memorable day out on the bikes.
My kids are never going to forget this one.
Until we see what happens on the next one ;-)