The ride has reached its end. I'm back in Melbourne, back at work and adjusting to daily living after the big ride. What now?
Well there is the small matter of finishing the tale. In my last update we were heading into Port Augusta, doing our best to avoid the hot, windy weather of summer and the fires it brings. We took the main road south, took a short detour on the Yorke Peninsula before heading inland to arrive in Adelaide via Gawler. From Adelaide we flew to Launceston, and then we rode the west coast of Tasmania before returning to Melbourne via Hobart.
26 November - Port Germain
|Big freight trains, and the beautiful Flinders Ranges|
|At Port Germain the tidal flats are big enough to use as horse training grounds.|
|Its so hard to get a good photo of a kite, so I was fairly impressed when I got this one.|
|Sunset just out of Port Pirie|
27 November - Wallaroo
|Wind - and a few hills, but mostly rude truck drivers.|
|The road into Port Wakefield crosses saltmarsh country|
|The 'port' is really a mangrove.|
|Last light over the sea.|
|These islands of bush surrounded by wheat are important animal habitats,|
|The people of Pinery were hit hard a grass fire two days before we passed through|
|Crops, fencing, stock and houses were lost.|
|To fly with a bike you need to pull it apart.and put in a box|
|To get it into the box, you'll need to remove the handlebars.|
|And remove the pedals - the thread is in the opposite direction to the pedaling direction.|
This is a job that can get a bit sweary.
|Important - deflate your tires before you fly.|
Also, carry something to clean your hands when you're done.
If you are touring and looking for a place to stay, check out warm showers, its the Air B&B of the bike touring world. When in Launceston, say hello to Vicky and Malcolm. They are good people
|Tributaries of the Tamar.|
4 December 2015
|The wetlands of the Tamar Valley are popular with birds.|
|That fast moving tongue gives the echidna its scientific name - Tachyglossus|
If you see a Tasmanian Devil on the side of the road - report it to the Tassie Devil Roadkill Project.
Researchers are monitoring Tasmanian Devil populations to how they are holding up under the combined threats of habitat loss, road kill and a nasty transmissible face cancer.
|We reported several devils to the researchers, but we didn't see a live one.|
|The road between Ulverstone and Burnie has some lovely moments.|
|Burnie - exports woodchips|
|and imports tourists.|
|It rained (a lot)|
|Pademelon - not quiet as cute as quokka, but close.|
9 December - heading south towards Lake Rosebury
|Because Echidnas can crawl up in a ball, they tend to ignore you if you keep your distance.|
|A healthy (Facial Tumor free) Devil meets its fate crossing the Murchison Highway.|
|Lake Rosebery is one of two hydro electric dams on the Pieman River.|
|The Emu bay railway mainly provides ore transport for nearby mines|
11 December - Zeehan to Strahan
|It rained, again - but the cloud on the hills made me think of Scotland.|
|The Gordon river, wild, protected and beautiful|
|As the boat headed upstream my thoughts went to Joseph Conrad.|
|And how the Gordon Below Franklin Dam protest could be thought of as the 'origin story' of the Australian Greens Party.|
|Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour was once a prison colony. |
Convict labourers built ships from Huon pine. Some of them used the boats to escape.
13 December - Strahan to Queenstown
|The road is hilly, winding and popular with motorcyclists.|
We kinda cheated and caught a coach between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge. I don't feel guilty. The hill out of Queenstown is insane.
|There's a rack and pinion railway running between Strahan and Queentown.|
16 December -Tarraleah
18 December - Towards Strathgordon (Day 2)
19 December - Strathgordon