My dear little bike (TYC) brought Kerry & I all the way home yesterday after our 12 days on the road, for the Snowy Ride and 7 day Tassie sojourn.
Travelled 4088 km's with temperatures (while riding) varied from 0.5 deg C to 42.5 deg C. And I actually recorded bike temp readings of 0.0 - 44.0 deg C over a 7 day period.
The Snowy Ride was fantastic again, and it was great meeting up with Barry, Brian and Hilton over the weekend.
Barry, a great photo sequence you've uploaded! I'm pinching a leaf from your book and trying the same on Photobucket, will know shortly if its worked, and I'll post the link below.
Tassie was great, rain, sleet, snow, hail, sunshine, all in a week! And we really only saw a small part of whats on offer. Will definately go back again, although next time will probably be with the CRV so we can get onto some of the high-country tracks regardless of the weather, and spend more time.
7 days just not enough.
We started out from Devonport and went to Burnie, but were pretty wet by the time we got there. Managed to get into motel early and dry off, before heading out to Stanley (North-West) but it was a very windy run there and back.
Next day Cradle Mountain, with reports of a vast cold-front moving through from the Antarctic. Well it arrived just after we did, and brought several inches of snow to the area, so we missed seeing much of the beautiful scenery of Cradle Mountain, but did get the winter wonderland treatment!
Thought we might get snowbound at the lodge the next morning, but the roads cleared enough by 10am to get out and head to Hobart. If we'd stayed I think we would have seen the lovely snow-covered mountains and lakes inside the park area better, but more snow was coming and we couldn't risk hanging around.
Managed to duck most of the rain (and hail) by heading across to the main highway and down to Hobart. Stopped at a great cheese factory and then at a small town called Ross. It was lovely and had the best bakery. There's several small towns like Ross that you miss by not detouring off the highway, and I expect most of them have something to offer.
Hobart was a little wet and windy, but we allowed 2 days to do Port Arthur as well as see a little of Hobart. The sun eventually appeared and Port Arthur was a good day out, though very sad reflecting on the tragedy there just over 10 years ago.
The sun came out on the 2nd day in Hobart and we did the steep climb up to the top of Mt Wellington. What a great view over Hobart and the Derwent River, and there was still a little snow left around the rocks in shady areas.
Next day we were off to Freycinet National Park and the lookout over Wineglass Bay. Its a very pretty area and the water is an amazing clear blue colour. The sunset was made stunning by a small bush fire in the distance, and the smoke haze happened to drift across at the right time to make the sky bright reds and yellows.
Then we ran up the coast to St Helens (its a hole), which we picked as a stopover but would have been better off staying further south at Bichenou so Kerry could have seen the penguins at dusk... oh well, next time. Although a little further up is the "Bay of Fires" and we did a quick run up that way and it was very pretty coastline, but I dont know if there's much accomodation up that way..
Best ride day was the last day (partly because of the weather) on the main highway from St Helens in the North East (its a hole, did I mention that?) back through to the Tamar Vally and Devenport via Scottsdale. Great twisty mountain roads through lots of rainforest, just beautiful and great ride.
Went down along the Tamar Valley past the wineries and lunched at the pub at Roosevears which looks out over the river, very pleasant.
A last stop back over the other side of the river at a Strawberry farm found us cramming some delectable goodies in the few remaining space holes I could find on the bike.
Then we headed back to Devenport and boarded the boat for the trip back.
We allowed 3 days for a run up the East Coast to get back to Sydney. Unfortunately the high that had settled over the Eastern mainland also brought record high temperatures for November, just a few days after the record lows, so went several hours riding over 2 days in temps above 40 deg C.
It was relief to get home yesterday out of the heat.
Looks like my upload worked OK, so here's some trip pics!
Note! they seem to all be out or order, bugger! oh well...