Majella’s plan for today was to explore the Tamar Valley north from Launceston. It changed slightly yesterday when, after eating lunch at the Wursthaus, she crossed the mall and found Gourlay’s Confectionery Shop. In the course of conversation with the man there she discovered that the factory was in the Penny Royal Hotel and, with the help of some pressing by Maria, secured an invitation to see them working at 9:00 am. That had to happen before we could go anywhere.
This was our day to explore in and around Launceston so we were not needing an early start. Laundry needed doing so that was scheduled for 8:00. Michael and Maria had an appointment at 9:30 so our plan was to leave at 9:15, drop them, visit Cataract Gorge, and pick them up before lunch and some afternoon sightseeing.
Today was to be another big day of driving. Majella’s plan had us visiting Stanley, Burnie, Devonport, Sheffield, Deloraine, and possibly other locations before reaching Launceston where we will stay for 3 nights. It was an ambitious plan, worthy of Majella’s energy but difficult to accomplish.
We planned to leave Strahan at 9:00 am and drive 2 to 3 hours to Cradle Mountain with time for a walk in the afternoon. We were all ready before 9:00 am and we hit the road well before schedule. We passed by Zeehan but paused at Rosebery for coffee. We had expected there might be more there but it was a quiet Saturday morning in the mining town and the bakery where we had coffee was devoid of bread rolls. Fortunately the IGA nearby had those and the other ingredients that we needed for ham and tomato rolls for lunch and sausage and salad for dinner.
Our cruise across Macquarie Harbour and up the Gordon River was scheduled to leave from Strahan at 9:00 am and we needed to be there to claim our reservations and pay by 8:30 am. We had arranged to meet at 8:15 but everybody was ready to go before that so we set off. There was a crowd already at the pier and boarding had begun when we arrived. Majella had arranged a group booking so it was a simple process of paying our fares and boarding.