Today is fine. Time to leave the motel but we have a tour booked at the Cadbury factory this afternoon. The morning is spent doing a loop through Margate, Cygnet to Huonville for an early lunch at a great little bakery with lovely fresh pies. A fellow Ulyssean tells us of his freezing cold wet trip from Queenstown to Hobart during Monday’s storm and we appreciate that we did not go that way as we would also have been travelling at that time.
A few souvenirs and it’s back on the road to Hobart to ride up Mt Wellington before the chocolate factory tour. Time is getting a bit fine but how long can it take to get to the top of a mountain. For Mount Wellington, a good 25 minutes actually, way longer than we had time for and then we had to look around and take photos. Well worth it though; glad we didn’t miss it. On a clear day, which it wasn’t, it was cloudy and cold, you can see one third of Tasmania from up there.
Down the mountain a lot quicker than we went up and we rushed through town, caught every red light and into the Chocolate factory only a couple of minutes late for our booked tour. Thankfully, we haven’t received any traffic camera photos of that ride yet. The tour was OK but only a couple of samples. After though, we were able to wander the shop and purchase chocolate blocks, unwrapped in packs of 3 at greatly reduced prices. Loaded with chocolate we headed east to Eaglehawk Neck for the night.
We all had some goals for this trip, the Cadbury factory, fresh Tasmanian apples, fresh Tasmanian lobster, scallop pies and to generally have fun. The Lufra Hotel at Eaglehawk Neck has a great chef and Larry and Annette got their lobster, Therese enjoyed a fresh Tasmanian salmon and I tried the road kill meal of wallaby and venison. A few cold beers, a bottle of wine, good conversation with a couple of visiting Queenslanders and the ever attentive “Faulty Towers” waiter and a good night was had by all.