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Nine days in Tasmania

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  1. Richard_R

    Richard_R Eclectic eccentric

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    9 Nights
    9 Days
    2518.6 km travelled
    43 hours 8 minutes motorcycle riding
    2 Cameras (I include my phone)
    4 lenses (including phone)
    62 focal lengths used
    812 photos taken

    Night one:
    Travelling south in Port Phillip Bay at sunset.

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    Richard_R Eclectic eccentric

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    Day one:

    Devonport morning from the ferry.
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    a couple of hours later we are in the snow
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    Then with the ambient temp at 2.5C and snow starting to fall again - yes you really can see what you think you can see
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    Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake
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    to be continued...
     
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    Wow, I heard about mad Tasmanian devils. Now I know why they have reached near extinction. Too much swimming in freezing water!

    Look forward to seeing the next instalment.
     
  4. Richard_R

    Richard_R Eclectic eccentric

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    They were all Victorians.
     
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    Not the most pleasant weather for motor biking. According to your current Flickr album title you entered Van Diemen's Land with the help of the Doctor's Tardis. Did England beat the Aussies again playing for the Ashes ? :D
     
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    Day 2.

    The morning sea shore where we were staying

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    Somebody volunteered us to help with the event set up.

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    When that got boring I did what everybody does in Tasmania on a spring Saturday afternoon - walked across the road to watch American football

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    Day 3
    Sunday morning 6.30am and its game day. 300 riders setting off to ride 235 km with 4000 vertical metres of climbing

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    South of Sheffield heading towards Mt Roland

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    Crossing the Forth River

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    Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain were a little different from Friday

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    Still smiling near Upper Castra with Mt Roland ever present in the background

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    Marshalls get to do the 5 minute walk to Preston Falls

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    Bruce photobombing the Bicycle Network girls' selfie (btw. All three swimmers are in the photo)

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    and the last rider on the last Tasmanian Peaks Challenge finishes with 2 minutes and 40 seconds to spare immediately in front of the lanterne rouge. The rider had made a 25 km wrong turn so ended up riding an extra 50km and still finished before the cut off time.

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    Gosh you live in a beautiful country!
     
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    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos Richard, great set of scenic ones too.
     
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    Nice travel set. I like the perspective on that first image. Now I know what you meant when you said you would be herding on this trip. So how many km did you put on a non motorized two wheeler?
     
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    Richard_R Eclectic eccentric

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    Exactly zero. :)
    Of the 300 starters there were only 10 non finishers. There was one ambulance call and one rider destroyed a bike hitting a wombat (sprained ankle for the rider). Amongst the 7 moto marshals none of us even opened our first aid kit or handed out any water or food. Perfect event even if it was boring from the work required side of things.

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    In my younger days, :rolleyes: I participated in many 100 mile rides we called "century" rides. Most were rather flat and I usually completed the circuit in around 6 hours. Please login or register to view linksthat I did on a yearly basis when I lived in the mid-west. Many of the other rides were routes in similar areas or around Lake Michigan. They say the Apple Cider Century is not a "competition" but if they are at the start line around 6:00am in the morning that early group of riders are VERY competitive and best to stay out of their way. Though it has been hanging from the ceiling for about 28 years now, I still have the touring bike I used for those events. While I occasionally do get out on my vintage Schwinn, (just to keep my doctor happy) I now find motorized two wheelers much more to my liking. And NO, I never wore any of that spandex clothing. :D
     
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    Day 4.
    Bicycle event over, chucked out of the accomodation they provided. Time to get serious about the motorcycling.

    Looking north towards the Batman bridge from Gravelly Beach
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    Main street Scottsdale on a holiday Monday lunch time.
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    Hitting the dirt on the way to Lottah
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    I can think of worse places to refill the water bottle
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    Don't tell Bruce that his 1996 K1100 LT isn't an ADV bike. He only has another 650+ of gravel to go during the week.
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    Way up a gravel road at Poimena. 'nuff said really.
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    Relics of tin mining at Poimena in the Blue Tiers
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    White fungus of some sort dominates the landscape around Poimena
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    Of course when you are at St Helens are hurrying to walk to the pub before 8pm close for food orders AND you only have your phone you get the best sunset of the trip.
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    What :startle: born between 1837 and 1901??????
     
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    Looks a great trip Richard .... thanks for posting up.

    We had snow in the Black Forest last week, at 1.5 degrees .... I didn't even get the camera out!
    And snow here in Scotland this week, on Glen Coe .... I didn't even get the camera out!

    Thanks again :)
     
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    Day 5
    Massive day - Ben Lomond day!

    Early(ish) morning walk around St Helens
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    Sometimes I probably don't need to know what is happening in my mirrors
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    The GPS said left, the sign said right. Right involved more dirt roads, we went right
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    Gratuitous shot of Bruce on the GSA showing that BMW riders have no need to look where they are going
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    The fist clear view of Ben Lomond
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    Bruce ascending Jacobs Ladder on his V-Strom
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    Jacobs Ladder with the Ranger descending after telling me off for stopping in a no stopping area to take pics
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    The Ben Lomond Plateau at the top of Jacobs Ladder
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    When you are riding with motorcyclists rather than photographers they never even see things like this 200 metres off the road
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    I keep telling people that the wildlife in Australia is dangerous. This is the imported Pennsylvanian Bruce variety of wildlife.
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    I walked up to near the summit to see the view
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    and sit in the snow
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    Bruce about to descend
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    From the left Bruce, Bruce, Bruce and Bruce
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    and the sunset in St Helens was rubbish compared to the night before when I did not have my camera
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    absolutely GREAT images. Whoa, Jacob's Ladder looks ... ummm, interesting :)
     
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    I've heard it said by more than one person that Tasmania is the most beautiful place to photograph in all Australia. What say you @Richard_R ?
     
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    I'm biased as I come from the most beautiful place to photograph in the world - New Zealand but Tasmania runs a close second I guess. :D
    Seriously it is a great place to go for a photo holiday. It's very compact has terrific scenery of all sorts ranging from mountains to seascapes to colonial (19th century) architecture to flora to fauna. The food is terrific the locals are friendly and uncrowded does not begin to describe most places.
     
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    Lovin this trip report. :thumbsu:
     
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    Day 6

    A Tiger tail in Tasmania
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    Next stop the Bicheno Motorcycle Museum. If you want to look inside Please login or register to view links or keep an eye on the Motorcycle thread
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    You know you are in Tasmania when milk for tea comes in a cow and is dispensed from its nose.
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    Down the road a ways on the advice of some local road maintenance guys I when 10km right to Meetus Falls. If I had 2 hours to spare I would have gone to the bottom and taken some proper photos.
    Can't help but say that that pool at the bottom reminded me of the swimming hole scene in Wild Hogs.
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    Bruce, Bruce and Bruce went left to Lost Falls and sat around chatting
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    when I got there I found out what was lost - the water!
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    Eventually we hit the coast and got a view of Maria Island
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    and I took an arty picture of Bruces Tiger with the every present scourge of photographers in Tasmania - power lines. (Political rant: I can't believe the stupidly of these people and their propensity to put power lines in every single view)
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    Looking south down the coast towards the Port Arthur peninsula from Wielangta Road
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    and once again on the way to dinner with no camera the sunset was spectacular
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