Monday, May 19, 2014

Del's interview and Bodalla hospitality! Bermagui to Bodalla

Hilly, roller coaster terrain made this another challenging day. Spent as much time off the bike as on, making progress slow. Just out of Tilda we rejoined the Princes Highway - and the heavy traffic was with us again.

At 12.00pm we stopped for lunch and traipsed into the bush, away from the noisy highway to find a quieter spot for Del's Radio NZ interview with Simon Mercep. Nowhere to sit so he squatted amongst the ant trails and chatted like a pro - relaxed and eloquent!
By late afternoon we'd pedalled wearily into Bodalla only to find that the accommodation we had expected was non-existent.

Eventually, the owners of the 106 year old Bodalla Arms Hotel, Terry, Chris and Janelle Cavanagh, took pity on us and offered to make up a room for us. It was basic but comfy. Apart from the owners, we were the only guests. Their hospitality was timely and much appreciated. They also advised an alternative, flatter route to Batemans Bay.
As there were no food stores handy, we raced over to the Cheese Factory opposite, just in time before they closed, to buy filled rolls for tonight's dinner. Then it was early to bed.

We did 54kms today.

Del's radio interview by the roadside.
Radio NZ interview with Simon Mercep: listen here

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