Saturday 1st November, (Ballina).

I am now at Ballina, about 200k south of Brisbane, and have been here for three days.

I thought for a while that I may have to stay here for a while as on the day of travel I contracted a bit of a wog. I got headachy and the sinuses were painful so I took a couple of Polaramine tablets and the next day, yesterday, I was feeling a lot better. Maybe it was a bad pollen day in that area and the air-conditioning I was using during the trip.

I have decided that I am not going to rush getting south and will stick to our decision of short trips and 3 day stays.

Ballina is a little larger than I thought, and is becoming what appears to be a big tourist attraction, if not already. There are plenty of beaches and the surfing is obviously a very popular pastime here.

There are plenty of bike tracks around the coastline, one of which I rode on yesterday that took me into town, a good hours ride there and back. It would have been nice to do another today, but the wind is rather strong out there so I might call it quits. I am about to pull the awning down early because of the wind but it may be too windy to achieve it on my own. During my running around taking photos earlier I noticed a good reason for us not wanting a roll out awning fitted to the van: A van in a nearby park has one fitted and the owners were obviously out, they hadn’t tied the awning to the ground and the wind has detached the supports from the van and the whole thing is now a great tangled mess hanging, flapping, down the side of their van.