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At Last.....Tassie

- on Saturday, 16 December 2017.

Yipee…It’s nice and cool…. Here in Tassie

So, I did a few day’s work at a mine called Edna May whilst the bike was on the truck heading to Melbourne, which was very handy as it both killed a bit of time and made me a bit of money.

The trip over was very comfortable and it was quick at 3.5 hours. When I landed I Uber’d it to the Watsons Transport yard to pick up the bike but unfortunately it hadn’t arrived…..bugga…… The guys rang the driver that was due in next and discovered he was a few hours out of Melbourne and I rang the Perth depot to try and find out if it was on that particular truck. They weren’t 100% sure so all I could do was wait. The truck eventually arrived and we whipped back the curtains and there it was! Big joy! I only had about an hour and three quarters to get from the yard to the Tassie ferry and the Watson boys reckoned it would be touch and go so the bike came off the truck and straight onto the back of the delivery ute, still on the pallet, and one of the young guys drove me to the ferry. I promised them a carton of beer when I returned. They reckoned they won’t forget!!!!! J I made the ferry with 30 minutes to spare so all was good. The boarding procedure went very smoothly and I was the only bicycle boarding. I had a bunk in a 4 share room with 2 other occupants on deck 8, and whilst it was small it was adequate and I slept really well in a comfortable bed. The trip over was very smooth with no seas to speak of.

I was up at 5 and on deck. It was a very pleasant cool morning and we were about half an hour out from land. Unlike Melbourne, where the ferry has to travel for about an hour prior to leaving the harbor, Devonport is literally only about 500 M up the Mersey River, which makes for an efficient landing. I arranged a few things on the bike prior to disembarking and was off the ferry by 0700. I cycled into town which was about 4 K’s, had a bit of breakky at Macca’s then headed out to a transport yard to pick up a gimbal I’d organised whilst at work and which had arrived the day before. I was pleased that the gimbal had arrived but dismayed, read PISSED OFF, to discover my GoPro housing with my 300 buck aftermarket Zenhieser mic wouldn’t fit onto it. Not a happy camper Jan!!! I really want to get a gimbal as I enjoy chatting to the camera as I’m riding but I would like to see the country I’m moving through as opposed to my ugly mug all the time. The issue I have at present is that the GoPro can’t ‘see’ over my handle bar bag, that’s why my rather handsome face adorns all the video’s…….. So if I can get the gimbal up and working it’ll be the county I’m travelling through you’ll see and not my face, yes, sad I know, but you’ll all get used to it over time……

In my usual manner I organized another gimbal, which I found in Melbourne, with its own waterproof casing that I’m assured by the importer will take the GoPro bacpack with my mic. Feeling happy but pissed off that I’d bought a 300-dollar unit I couldn’t use, I forked out another 500 bucks for the new unit, a Removu S1, with waterproof housing. I paid for express post and hopefully it’ll be here tomorrow. I roamed around town visiting the light house and enjoyed a long chat with a young woman who would like to start touring by bike and who had some questions about gear. It was getting towards 5pm when Kate went on her merry way, I had thought I’d leave town today but instead returned to the CV park. This evening another cyclist arrived, a German woman by the name of Suzie. She had a really well set up bike that she’d had custom made for her. She’s staying tomorrow so no doubt we’ll have a bit of a chat.

I slept well as it was a beautiful cool night. I still find my sleeping bag a bit warm so I tried to find one that is better for the warm nights but no joy. Had a long chat to Suzie, she’s here for 6 weeks and really only has a guide and not a plan, unusual for a German……  I cycled into town and checked the mail, the Gimbal had arrived and as soon as I unpacked it I realised my Zen mic won’t fit on the back, I was pretty pissed off to say the least, particulary having been told by the distributor that it would. Needless to say I rang them up and gave them a serve. The outcome of which is I’m receiving a wireless mic kit from them at a reduced price, not a hell of a reduction but at least they’re helping. Also, the guy I spoke to this time was quite honest and very helpful. He doesn’t think the Removu mic will be in the same class as the Zen but he does say it’s shitloads better than the GoPro. [Which isn’t hard to beat!!] That should be here Monday so I’ll most likely wait here at the CV park ‘till then. It’s a hard gig this touring by bicycle…….. I set the gimbal up today and did a trial run, not an absolute screamin’ success, there’s a bit to do to get it up and running how I want. It’s a bit frustrating but I guess I’m not your average user!

It’s been interesting here in Devonport, I’ve never really stayed here, I arrive and leave. Riding around I’ve noticed that things are not quite as rosy as it seems. To me there appeared to be a lot of whacked out and homeless people. I’ve also noticed there seems to be a lot of low income earners. I met and had a good chat to a guy in the caravan park who volunteers in a soup kitchen and he confirmed that there is indeed a drug problem in town, the use of ICE is very high. There are also a lot of homeless here. There are sections in town that, on a Friday night, the Ambulance won’t attend if called, unless the Police are already in attendance. Another local was telling me that Devonport had a boom a couple of years ago but that is well and truly over and the youth of the area have no real prospects, therefore the drug issue.

Comments (4)

  • Martin Beeck

    Martin Beeck

    17 December 2017 at 09:26 | #

    I have a cousin in Hobart who is an engineer and would
    be very interested in catching up when you get there.
    He would know where everything is if you need any work
    done on your bike.
    Have a good trip!

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    • Me. (Alan)

      Me. (Alan)

      17 December 2017 at 19:13 | #

      Hey Martin, great to hear from you and thanks very much for that, . I'll give you a call when I am closer to Hobart and get his details from you. Al.

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  • Pauline

    Pauline

    17 December 2017 at 10:26 | #

    Have a great trip. 41 degrees here in the Alice today :-)

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  • Me. (Alan)

    Me. (Alan)

    17 December 2017 at 19:16 | #

    That's 19 degrees hotter than it is here. Hard to imagine really. I'm already used to the very pleasant temperatures down here! :)

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