Published: November 9th 2010November 9th 2010
On the ferry to Manly
What a great day! We got in about 12 hours of sightseeing activity today. Although the early morning sky looked threatening we opted for travel by ferry today. A nice 30-minute ride from Sydney to Manly provided great views of the Sydney skyline and the many parks that line the shores. Once in Manly we got this bright idea to rent bicycles so we could see more of the area in a few hours than we could on foot. I think the young attendant at the bike hire shop was chuckling as he sent us out, with upside-down maps on the handlebars, on a route that started out with lots of hills. After viewing a couple of secluded coves and a lot of huffing and puffing, we abandoned the suggested route to the Sydney Harbor National Park and headed back towards town and Manly Beach, where the terrain was significantly flatter. We saw some beautiful parks and beaches, met a nice mailman who introduced us to a Water Dragon (see photo) that had stopped us in our tracks, and ate the lunch we had packed while resting under a large tree at Shelly Beach. We wanted to think everyone was looking
at us because we were the only bicyclists wearing helmets, but probably they just thought we were a couple of crazy old people. We were beginning to think so ourselves--what made us think this would be an easy mode of transportation? The bike shop attendant noted we were about his parents' age (he is 27) and THEY wouldn't ever go bike touring! Once we turned in the bikes we headed to the store to buy degreaser for Mike's pants (he had some difficulty with his bike) and then to a local brewery to revive Maureen (we were thinking of you, Kyle!).
Then back on the ferry to Sydney, and on to another one to Darling Harbour. We walked along the wharf a while, then had happy hour drinks and appetizers (confusingly called entrees here) before a very nice seafood dinner while watching the sun go down. It was nighttime for the ferry ride back to Sydney, and the lights and views of the city were spectacular. Then on to the train to get back to our neighborhood and a long walk back to the apartment.
We're taking some Advil and heading to bed to rest our tired, old
bones. Tomorrow's a big day--we pick up the rental car!
There are more photos below