The drive on the first day was relatively light; just 500 km, which was done leisurely in about 7 hours. I was booked to stay at the Eden Nimo Hotel, which was bang on the highway. I was pleasantly surprised to find it a Chinese establishment. When I presented my paper at the counter a young man bowed deeply, many times and spoke in deeply Chinese accented English. He told me that the premises belonged to his father. He had just come that morning from Sydney to assist his father. As I was his first customer - he told me so - he gave me a recently renovated room. The courteous young man, whose name is Nimo, gave me a thermal coated bag to keep all the foodstuff in, when he saw me struggling with it in the car.
Once back in the room I luxuriated in the company of chilled Canadian Club cans. By the time that was done my eyes were refusing to focus; clearly sleep deprived and jet lagged. But hunger had to be attended to first. The restaurant in the hotel was open for dinner. Nimo’s young wife was attending to guests. She suggested prawn dumplings and Chinese fried rice. The prawn starter was yummy with spicy chilli sauce. The fried rice was gorgeous with the Number 1 Chinese chilli sauce. The portion was large with liberal infusion of prawn and pork. I barely managed to get to the room and slept almost the moment I hit the bed. I intended to leave the next day only after daybreak. Therefore, there was no hurry.