75kms, 600m of climbing and absolutely beautiful weather! We have made it through our first day! The roads were quiet and well maintained. The scenery was beautiful and even the hills didn’t seem too bad. They were slow though! I think 8km/hr was our slowest pace uphill. We celebrated when we saw the sign that said ’14km to Bothwell. Unfortunately, when you are only travelling at 8km/hr, this will still take you nearly two hours!
We stopped at ‘The Pub With No Beer’ as we entered Bothwell. The bottles were empty before we arrived (see photo).
The accommodation is less than desirable, blowflies everywhere (we have a dozen in our room alone!), and plenty of extended family members hanging around drinking beer to add to the atmosphere. We can’t tell you the name until we have left tomorrow in case…we’ll leave it to your imagination.
Thankfully we have a heap of friends to hang out with at the Castle Hotel.
We are about to dig into some delicious lunch, courtesy of the Castle Hotel, and certainly won’t be going hungry.
We’ll see how the legs go on tomorrow’s 600m of climbing!
Update: The accommodation at ‘Bothwell Grange’ was horrendous and we didn’t sleep a wink all night with the partying and carousing that continued on until the wee hours of the morning. Then we got treated to some more primitive sounds that don’t require explanation.
However, the Castle Hotel was FANTASTIC and we spent many hours there from lunchtime through dinner, playing cards, eating good food and chatting with the friendly owner and staff.
The Captain even got a sneak peek at the clean, fresh smelling and quiet rooms offered by the hotel, which just made our booking at the Grange even more disappointing. Next time we will stay here!