Day 348, Friday, 12 March, 2010

Distance travelled – 81.7 km
Avg speed – 16.6 kph
Max speed – 54.5 kph

Bermagui to Moruya

Today’s ride was a lot easier than we experienced over the last couple of days. Even so we think we probably took the harder route into Central Tilba opting for what looked like the flatter Princes Highway bypass of Tilba Tilba. Our GPS disagreed with this choice and beeped continuously until I turned it off. A few kilometres along the bypass and around a corner the highway climbs steeply and straight for 1.5km which we suspect was a lot steeper than all the combined ‘ups and downs’ of the old highway. Perhaps this is what comes from trying to outwit a nagging GPS. 

We were not in a rush this morning so we spent a couple of hours in Central Tilba. The entire town is listed by the National Trust. It has been a long time since we were here last and we were surprised to find that nearly every building in the main street was either a gallery, café or shop of some kind. We did not go to the famous cheese factory but we did opt for a walk through and a purchase at the Sweet Shop.

Our route is now crossing over with a ride we did 25 years ago on our tandem. With Rebecca on the back in a child seat, Teddy strapped in with a seat belt, a two wheeled Cannondale trailer and the potty on the trailer draw bar, we rode from Canberra to Bega and up the coast to Ulladulla. Until a couple of years ago this was the last of our bike tours. We quickly discovered that a young child who slept all day was not compatible with parents who wanted to sit and then sleep after a hard day’s ride.

Recently we tried to persuade Rebecca to do the ride with us again to commemorate our trip 25 years ago. But to date we have been unsuccessful. Perhaps we can embarrass her into the ride on these pages. I think she still would like to sleep all day.

We stopped for lunch in Narooma our planned destination for today. Having spent a lot of time in Narooma over the years staying overnight did not appeal so we made the decision to continue on to Moruya.

Zoom into the map and use the 'Satellite' layer to see our new location.


Tilba Tilba from the Princes Highway Bypass

Central Tilba - morning tea

Bodalla Bakery - afternoon tea

Camp for the night

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