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In Stanley

- on Wednesday, 20 December 2017.

The CV park in Ulverston was very nice [Big 4] and it cost me 25 bucks. I charged all the gear and worked on the journal, which kept me up until 11pm, nearly unheard of for me!! Slept like a log and on the road by 0800. I headed off towards Burnie where I hoped to pick up a slider and other bits from Anthony. The weather came in, as in it rained, and I pulled up at a health food shop in Penguin. It was cunningly disguised as a bakery……. I had a hot choc, chook and camembert pasty, choc hedgehog and a blueberry slice. Best health food shop I’ve ever been to!!!! I departed in the rain and headed towards Burnie. The road was good with some nice coastal views. Bunnings was on the outskirts of town and I got the gear to set the gimbal up with and completed that in the Bunnings car park. I then went to the PO and lo and behold, Anthony’s parcel was there. I made the comment that express service is great, particularly at this time of year, the women seemed taken aback, and then commented that it was the first time someone had a positive comment about express post. I told her I’d just had 3 or 4 parcels delivered, all had arrived on time and I also had a parcel waiting for me in Stanley which had only taken 5 days to get from WA to TAS. Personally I think it’s a fab service. I camped at the Bernie Ocean View CV park, which was very quiet and although a little older, very clean. I spent a lot of time getting everything into some sort of order, over the last few days the pannier organisation has gone a little South, making it hard to find anything.

I was on the road early, but prior to actually riding, my daughter Innika rang and we had a good chat. Turns out it saved me a heap of K’s as after the chat, and 2.2K’s down the road, I got a call informing me I’d left a water bladder at the CV park. Back I went to retrieve it! I was heading in the general direction of Stanley today but as it was 80 odd K’s away I wasn’t too stressed if I didn’t make it. What a day!!!! This morning was quite pleasant as I managed to stay off the Bass Hwy and also did a ram raid on the Wynyard Woolies. I was wandering around in Woolies when I went past the hot cooked chocks, which smelt divine, I went to grab one and I spotted a hot roast lamb in a resalable bag for $9.35, well I was all over that like a rash!!!! I didn’t know Woolies did other hot goodies. I have to say, it was some of the best lamb I’ve ever tasted, it just melted in my mouth and was really delish!!! After devouring half the lamb, a snickers, a banana and a heap of water, I up and off towards Stanley. I had to re-join the Bass Hwy which turned out to be purgatory. There was no shoulder to speak of, and the wind slowly increased. Naturally, it was a head wind and the bloody thing peaked at 40 KPH. There was a lot of hills and when there was a cutting the wind was funnelled and was howling, I reckon it was well over 40 KPH but there was no way I could measure it. As I crested one hill, the wind gusted from the right and blew me 10 meters off into a shoulder and a driveway. I was actually quite lucky in two ways, 1 I’d just got past a guard rail which I’d been having to hug whilst climbing the hill and 2. It was a right to left gust. Had it been the other way, I’d have been splatted by a truck. The road isn’t really built to take the semi’s and log trucks and they do the speed limit, which is 100 KPH. To be honest, most other states in OZ would build a 4 lane Hwy to accommodate the amount of traffic, which is unbelievable, considering there is only about 500’000 people in the state. I would swear they were all on the road to check out the retard riding to Stanley…….. I got to a CV park which is only 29 K’s out of Stanley, I pulled over but decided to push on, so push on I did. I dragged my sorry arse along at what seemed a snail’s pace but what was actually a rather brisk 16 KPH. By the time I reached the turnoff to Stanley I was near shot. From the turnoff to the PO in Stanley is 7.48K’s, and guess where the wind was…….Parp……wrong, it was on my back, I did that section at 32 to 35KPH, how sweet is that!!!!!! Pure bicycle touring heaven!!!!! The tyre that my Brother sent over was at the PO and from there I headed to the CV park, which is where I am now, firmly ensconced in the camp kitchen under the guise of writing this but in actual fact, sucking their electricity supply dry by charging all my batteries!!

There are no pics for either yesterday or today. I was probably very remiss not to take a pic of the lamb……….

Comments (4)

  • Adriaan

    Adriaan

    20 December 2017 at 22:52 | #

    Mind those trucks mate. Some of them don’t take kaindly to cyclists.

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  • Me. (Alan)

    Me. (Alan)

    20 December 2017 at 23:25 | #

    Mate, I have to say all the motorists have been very courteous so far. Let's hope it stays that way!

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  • Diane

    Diane

    21 December 2017 at 00:27 | #

    Glad you got to Stanley ok - the wind was atrocious! Good tip about the lamb , might get some fir the van. Look forward to next installment!

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  • Me. (Alan)

    Me. (Alan)

    21 December 2017 at 01:36 | #

    Hi Diane,
    Great to see you found your way to the site. Enjoy your time in. Stanley.

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