Final Collection Total: $107,159.85
- Days on the Road: 566 - Total KM travelled: 67,219 - Number of towns visited: 408 - NSW Total: $42,763.40
- QLD Total: $32,560.70
- NT Total: $1,345.15 - WA Total: $5,479.95
- SA Total: $4,612.80
- VIC Total: $10,283.00
- ACT Total: $10,089.90
Todays fundraising total $235.65,
Total raised to date $40,413.35,
Total km travelled since Official Start in Canberra 10,081.
It was pouring again today when we left, what else is new!! We set off on our way regardless prepared for another very wet, cold day. Riding through Jindabyne we were quite taken at how lovely it was. We hadnt realised that Jindabyne was so big and certainly didnt know how pretty it was. Anyhow, everything is easy in retrospect and when you actually see it and not working from maps. It wasnt a bad ride to Cooma except for the fact that we were wet and freezing cold. ABC radio and the local radio stations both rang to make a time to interview us tomorrow so it seems that we will have to leave between 8am and arrive by 10.10am to fit both interviews in. We were a little early arriving in Cooma so did the banking and had a cuppa to warm ourselves up a bit before meeting the Mayor. As it turned out we had parked right outside Centenary Park which was our meeting place, have to fluke it once in a while! A few of the locals chatted away to us while we waited in the rain but most people were trying to stay as dry as possible and unfortunately there wasnt any cover where we were.
We waited around for a while but the Mayor didnt arrive so Doreen went into the Tourist Information Centre to check if our details were correct. They were and the Mayor appeared to be missing in action and everyone including us was a little concerned for his welfare. The Deputy Mayor Katrin Hackney arrived to do the formalities in place of Mayor Norton. We didnt mind at all but must admit that from the description we were given of the Mayor we were a little concerned as to his safety as it seemed very out of character. We took a few minutes near the trike to take a few photos for the local paper and then retreated inside the Visitors Information Centre for the rest of the formalities to stay dry. With formalities over Doreen braved the conditions and went for her usual walk around while Garry stayed with Arthur and Martha and did his best to stay dry. We didnt expect it to be too successful a day as it was hard with the rain and cold. We didnt do too bad though considering.
We had done as much as we could so went off to find somewhere to stay. The locals had told us that there was a hail storm coming so we looked for somewhere to put Arthur and Martha under some shelter. The Information Centre helped us and found a Hotel that agreed to put Arthur and Martha in their garage. Off we went to check in, Garry had to go and have the TV in Martha de-magnetised so Doreen organised as much as she could and waited for Garry to return. It was a bit tricky actually getting them both into the garage and at one stage Martha got bogged and we had to push like hell to get her out. We did manage it in the end and then went up to our room. After organising the banking for the day we returned downstairs to have dinner. The meals in the Hotel were reasonable and not bad at all and then we returned upstairs and watched a bit of TV in the guest lounge before calling it a night.