This ANZAC long weekend I decided it was time I went and visited my parents, who live in Lismore on the NSW North Coast. Now, if you have never been to Lismore you should know it is a pretty boring place (and literally a hole - a circle of hills borders it), but it does give easy access to the area which has been called 'motorcycle paradise', and for good reason too! Having learnt to ride in the area I knew most of the good roads, and decided I would take the opportunity on Saturday to hit some of my favourite roads which I haven't been on for a while (mostly due to them being just out of range for a day trip from Brisbane - anything south of the Casino/Lismore/Byron line is just a little too much). Listening to my iPhone, I was inspired by the Pet Shop Boys... Go West, Life is peaceful there Go West, In the open air Go West, Where the skies are blue Go West, This is what we're gonna do It was time to go west, sounded like a good idea (and I am glad I wasn't listening to New York City Boy). I decided on a simple route that took in a good combination of sweepers, twisties, good scenery and excellent weather (though with some slab...) - Bruxner Highway from Casino to Tenterfield; New England Highway down to Glen Innes; Gwydir Highway to Grafton. And now, a record of my little day trip (which came in to be over 600km), complete with photos of some areas and roads that many of you have probably never heard of! Lismore to Casino Lismore and Casino have something in common - both are pretty dull places. Sadly the roads between the two towns demonstrate this common attribute. I decided to take a route that for some reason I had never tried before, and I am not sure why. I guess I never bothered to look too much into how to get to Casino before, but there you go... The route took me via Spring Grove on the appropriately named Spring Grove Road. See the route here. It wasn't the most exciting of roads in the area (there are plenty of those to the north, but alas Kyogle and Murwillumbah were a little too out of the way), and the road surface, typical for the area, is something that only locals really know how to handle, but it was a pleasant enough route, and far more enjoyable then the rather dull Bruxner stretch between the towns. Lismore to Casino - Photos: Off to a picturesque start. The joy of quite country roads. This is farming country.