EDIT: Triabunna is actually the first town you come across when you travel north from Orford. I was getting my days and locations mixed up when I wrote this post. Thanks Lisa for pointing it out!
What a brilliant day! The road to Bicheno is mostly flat by Tasmanian standards and we absolutely flew to Bicheno. We had a tailwind and made really good time. Traffic was great and not too busy.
We stopped at Triabunna for a coffee. The cafes weren’t open but there was an Espresso van. The owners were lovely but we did get a lecture about how bicycles hold up the traffic on the narrow, windy roads…Bec is very good at talking through obtuse car drivers so I kept quiet and let her finish the conversation so we could get the coffees.
We got asked again about our Da Brim helmet brims. About once a day someone asks us about them because they are sooo practical!
Bicheno East Caravan Park was fantastic and we set up, had a shower, did the washing and then met up with Bec’s sister and family at the bakery. Our other friends from Townsville, Deb and Adam, were spending a week in Tasmania and turned up in Bicheno to have lunch with us! We spent the afternoon in the warm, wind-free bakery, then went for a walk along the beach front. The wind was pretty fierce and cold earlier in the day, but by late afternoon it had died down, which made the temperature a bit more tolerable.
That night the wind died down and Bec and I happily cooked up dinner on the Trangia at our campsite.
The wine was good too and we collapsed into bed, dreaming of the 15km climb to St Mary’s tomorrow.