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Old 04-27-2013, 01:20 PM   #9
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Day 4 – Strahan to Hobart

We woke up to the sound of rain on the tent fly. You’d think that after almost ten years in the Seattle area I would be used to it, but it still annoys me. Maybe more so now, even. We waited for it to stop, and when it did, rolled up camp and went in search of breakfast. Risby Bay was closed, as was another place in town that had come recommended, so we went to a café attached to a store. Nothing special, but we got to eat which allowed us to hit the road.

On the road from Strahan to Queenstown:

Porwit-20130410-1604-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Some nice curvy bits:

Porwit-20130410-1607-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

From Strahan we headed towards Queenstown. The town and its surroundings are pretty desolate terrain, having been logged bare and then strip-mined. Hewby tells me that when there was a replanting effort made to green the place up a little, the locals actually objected, claiming it ruined the “character” of Queenstown.

Hewby at Queenstown:

Porwit-20130410-1614-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Mines and red dirt:

Porwit-20130410-1615-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

In case you didn't know where you were:

Porwit-20130410-1621-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

More red rocks:

Porwit-20130410-1622-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

We continued through the mountains that make up Tasmania’s interior, heading toward Lake St. Clair National Park. We make a quick stop, got a look at the lake, and headed onwards. There was no time for hiking this time. We were expected in Hobart for dinner. From here, we would be more or less following the flow of the River Derwent, which has its origins in the lake and terminates in the Tasman Sea at Hobart. The riding was pretty, and the countryside slowly gave way again to hills and small towns and farms, and got that English countryside look.

The road to Lake St. Clair:

Porwit-20130410-1633-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

The mountains of SW Tasmania behind us. The one above the R80 that looks a bit like Half Dome is called Frenchman's Cap:

Porwit-20130410-1640-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Gnarled trees on the southern shore of Lake St. Clair:

Porwit-20130410-1643-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

The weather is starting to improve as we head east:

Porwit-20130410-1648-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

More animal signs. I got an echidna and a wombat!

Porwit-20130410-1657-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

In Hamilton we stopped for food and coffee. This was a very tasty place, and excellent, friendly service. Highly recommended.

Tasty food on the road to Hobart:

Porwit-20130410-1659-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

From there we headed into Hobart, and after grabbing some groceries, we rode up Mt. Wellington to hewby’s friends Neidra and Wolfgang, who were expecting us. We would stay with them for the next few days, and hewby would stay with them another 10 weeks while she works in town. And for anyone who wants some great pictures of Tasmania, Wolfgang is a fantanstic photographer. You can view (and buy) his work here.
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