|Today’s Distance: 28.4km||Total Distance: 762.4km|
We only needed to cycle a short distance today to set us up for the next days. Merimbula to Tathra is only 28km but there are some very steep hills. Nothing high or particularly long, but famously steep. Straight out of Merimbula the road rises steeply to get over a hill. At lunch a couple of days ago, the friendly roadside mower told us he sees many cycle tourists pushing their bikes us the hill. That spurred us on to not push the bikes and we ground to the top in granny gear. It’s certainly the steepest hill since leaving Melbourne.
After the first hill it was rolling from sea level to about 180m over a couple more equally steep hills. We arrived in Tathra with pumped legs though not particularly tired. Tathra is a pretty seaside town with a real holiday feeling. We checked into the Big4 holiday park and setup the tent. The friendly lady from the reception brought us some home baked banana cake made because the ‘big boss’ from Big4 had visited this morning. As a result of the inspection, the place is spick and span.
This afternoon we went for a walk along the beach and up the cliff stairs to the pub and shop. It was nice having a beer on the hotel deck with a great view of the ocean.
Highlight of the day: Making the top of the brutal hills.