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Old 04-20-2013, 10:24 PM   #6
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Day 2 – Merricks to Spirit of Tasmania

After a day and a half at Merricks, we headed out Monday afternoon for Melbourne.

Hanging out at the Merricks Yacht Club

Porwit-20130407-1303-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

As part of this trip, I wanted to get pictures of every type ofanimal warning sign I could... I really wish I would have gotten the skunk one in Peru, on the way up from Ollantaytambo. Kangooroo:

Porwit-20130408-1304-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

We took the scenic route, heading first towards Flinders and then to Cape Shanck and the lighthouse there. It’s really quite a lovely ride along the Mornington peninsula, passing through little beach towns. I had expected it to be flat, but there’s a bunch of nice hills there, with great turns and very good views. At Cape Shanck we walked around for a while, taking in the views of the two bays that it separates. We did not spring for admission to the lighthouse itself, so you’ll have to make do with pictures from a distance.

The lighthouse at Cape Shanck:

Porwit-20130408-1307-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Bushranger Bay:

Porwit-20130408-1310-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Porwit-20130408-1314-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Cool rocks at the end of the point:

Porwit-20130408-1319-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

From there we headed back north, towards Rosebud, and then Mornington. We kept along the coast wherever possible, with the small towns slowly merging into each other, until we were riding in city traffic on the approach to Melbourne. Because we still had plenty of time before the ferry departed, we took a quick run around a part of the city, and then headed to the docks. After quickly clearing the ag inspection, we spent about 40 minutes waiting at the dock before they allowed us to board. While waiting, I met two riders heading to Tassie for a month.

Leaving Cape Shanck:

Porwit-20130408-1326-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Dropbear... err, I mean koala sign:

Porwit-20130408-1333-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Stop in Mornington:

Porwit-20130408-1337-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

We're going to Tassie!

Porwit-20130408-1340-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

They made us wait:

Porwit-20130408-1346-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Sue and (I think?) Andre:

Porwit-20130408-1353-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

There were 7 motorcycles on board – this is not really peak motorcycle season in Tasmania, as the weather starts to turn colder and rainier.

Loaded up and ready to go:

Porwit-20130408-1354-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

We grabbed a nice dinner at one of the on-board restaurants, and then turned in for the night. We would be in Devonport at 6:30am the next day and have a bit of riding to do, but fortunately the Bass Strait was calm that night and we got a good nights rest.

Leaving Melbourne on a calm evening:

Porwit-20130408-1359-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Playing around with nighttime photos:

Porwit-20130408-1360-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr
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