Seven Mile Beach 15th March 2013
Pat has been great company, sorry to say cheerio. Perhaps another time buddy?
I roll out in trepidation from Seven Mile Beach campsite with new rubber beneath my wheels and an air of something on the horizon. Another journey begins.
I’ve a 25km cycle to Hobart city centre. My only obstacle is the Hobart bridge. There is a form of cycle lane but not very wide. I start cycling, but not for long as the side rail on my right hand side is not high enough, along with the wind it feels one could spill onto the freeway below. So walk it is then.
I’ve been to Hobart back in 2001/02 when I was backpacking and then I liked Tasmania. Never thought I’d be back on a bicycle one day!
I briefly stop around town for a bit of the tourist stuff, but I’m keen to motor on and away from the madding crowds.
Destination; Bruny Island. Not today though.
The Errol Flynn reserve did particular amuse me as it’s pretty much what you can see in the photograph!
Kingston, Coles Supermarket for fresh supplies. Then head out to find a wild camping spot for my first night out in Australia.
My spot for the night is on the road to Howden. Next to a golf course, not likely to be disturbed here.
It’s nice to take the back roads when possible as long as there not too far away from my main route. This I do as I head towards Kettering and the ferry the next morning.
The road is a good fine gravel. Not like the harsh stuff in New Zealand. As I’m in a climb, a lady descends pass me. We say hello.
Once I’m on the other side and descending myself she catches up with me on the return leg of her morning exercise. We natter for a bit. Next it’s fresh ground coffee at hers!
The weather now turns for the worse.
Dessie is part of a network called Help Exchange (HelpX). She explains it to me. I’m interested, as it will also offer an opportunity to escape the weather for the rest of the day or longer! Also, go with the flow.
I spend four days at Dessie’s. Fix the vegetable garden gate, started firewood collection, chainsaw work on a fallen tree and tinkering with Dessie’s bicycles.
I’m always keen to find wildlife, especially when I consider them to be in the kick-ass category! Small pedipalps, large stinger, it will upset your equilibrium for the rest of the day!
I enjoyed my stay and new experience immensely. Will be back after my excursion to Bruny Island.
A short cycle to the ferry at Kettering, sailing to Bruny Island. The day is beautiful.
My destination on Bruny is; well south, and that’s it!
On searching for my first night camp spot in Simpson Bay (beach on the right of this photo), I’m looking at the sand gradient, thinking that will do, only to turn round and have a snake coming out of the water towards me. We stare each other out! After a brief discussion we decide it’s me who shall be moving! I pick a spot further up the beach, which is better!
The snake was either a Tiger or Brown. Either is venomous, so us parting was wise! It’s more than likely it had swam across the bay, as it was very sluggish out of the water, getting cold and tired. No camera at hand….shame.
The sand had to be levelled out slightly, not too much work. I was aware of the tide.
But with a blustery night ensuring it came creeping upto the second to last line to the tent. Which then kept me up awake expecting to move.
The morning started overcast and soon started to drizzle as I hit the road. Then it really came down. Wets on. That only consists of a jacket and a rain cover for my helmet.
As I near Adventure Bay I pull over to check the map regarding exactly where I’m at. A car then pulls up in front of me. I’m thinking, might be trouble ahead? Yet no, its only a Warm Showers (A community for touring cyclists and hosts) host offering me a roof over my head from the weather. Well, it’s not rocket science, I except.
I’d previously sighed up with Warm Showers, but never ventured to try it out. Serendipity soon changed that! Along with my new-found knowledge to of HelpX. All very new positive experiences.
Now with John there’s a story. When I was at Christchurch airport I spotted a couple with bike boxes, so as ever I made a bee-line to them. They had just arrived from Australia and had stayed with John as Warm Showers guests. They gave me his email.
I then followed this up with an email while waiting at the airport for my flight. It pays to arrive early.
I never heard anything back. So just then forgot about it.
Well, while on the main road in Bruny (not many of them!), I met a young Japanese guy, Yoohe. I was more interested in him riding with such a large backpack. He did say it’s painfull! nuff said….
He tells me he’s been WOOFing for a month, and kindly points out on the map to around Adventure Bay. I get my customary photograph of another cyclist and we part….Sia Nora!
So these two little stories merge into one….it all comes back to the kind gentleman who plucked me out of the rain. So my word of the month is in-deed; Serendipity!
John’s had extensive experience of cycle touring. Especially his expedition from Melbourne to Adelaide (the Great Ocean road), then up through the heart of Australia to Darwin. All on a recumbent bicycle.
Recumbent’s though are like Marmite. You either love’em or hate’em! Not for me though. Not enough height to enjoy the environment.
Great organic food, washed down with superb home-brewed cider!
I was truly bowled over by the hospitality of all my hosts. I hope to return one day. Many thanks.
Adventure Bay is truly a special area, as is Bruny Island.
Adventure Bay 24th March 2013 – 118km’s
Wild/stealth camping spots can be viewed when zooming in on each location. Also click on the icon for a photo and another click on the photo will open it up in Flickr.
You can click on each photo for an enhanced Flickr view or the above Flickr slideshow for further photos for this post.