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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We cooked our dinner at the end of the point and then walked back in the dark to set up the tents on the edge of the cliffs.

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was almost a full moon and so no good for star shots, but we could see pretty well with out lamps.

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    It was not too chilly in the night because of the cloud cover and we woke and made our breakfast on the cliff side.

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    Here we only had a 30 min walk down to the car for the trip back to Hobart.

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We set out to do some mushroom picking/photographing of the non-edible ones in the nearby forest and the guys went to a local Whiskey distillery.

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    We went back to the blow hole as they have a good fish and chip place here. While we were on the shore harvesting mussels we saw a penguin clinging to the rocks. This is a very strange time of day for it to be on shore and he did not look well. We called animal rescue and they advised if it did not resist being picked up in a towel then it was likely in trouble. We returned with the car and we had a spare towel and a very conveniently Penguin sized box from the groceries. He barely moved when we picked him up. We had 50 km to drive with him to Sorell Tasman animal hospital and he barely moved in the box. We dropped him at the vet and then headed home. We had a call 2 hours later to say he was doing better, was very under weight, and dehydrated. Life event= Penguin rescue=check!

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a nice evening at home with the Swede before he heads out alone tomorrow since he has to be on the ferry again in 3 days time. The three of us packed up all the gear again and headed to the east coast (where the sun is almost always shining). We made for the Freycinet National park.

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    We stopped for lunch of oysters and pizzas before parking in the Freycinet car park. From here we started uphill to the Wineglass Bay lookout an then down hill to the Bay itself for a swim in the crystal clear water.

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    Then we walked across the Ishmus track, along Hazard’s beach and then back to the car on the Hazard’s beach trail.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was now almost sunset and after leaving the park we went in 10 km on the dirt to the Friendly Beach camp area, but as this is Good Friday it was packed. We went back to the main road and then up the coast road to a free camp favorite of Deb’s near 4 mile creek. Here you can pull off the road and camp right next to the beach.

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    We even had some fresh oysters on the half shell.

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After a cozy night we headed north again and stopped at Deb’s batch in St Helen’s.

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    Her neighbors had saved us a camp spot on the beach at "Cosy" Corner south and so after stocking up we made for the beach.

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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Tonight we cooked up a rabbit (a gift caught by Deb's friend) Paella (complete with squid caught today by Wolfgang) cooked over an open fire for our Easter dinner. The only tragedy was that the possums cat burgled the tent and stole some of the kids Easter candy!


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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The weather is still holding out and we want to make it to the north east tip of the Island.

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    From the camp we stopped at Deb’s to do a quick load of laundry. Heading north on the C843 we stopped at the very good pub in Weldborough.

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    We arrived to Cape Portland beach and wind farm just before 4. The Petal point Camp near by was wind swept at the beach, and crowded with long termers in the sheltered area. You can stay here 40 days and then move one spot over and stay another 40.

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    Since it was still early we back tracked on the dirt road to the Mussle Bay also dirt road and to the very nice camp spot here. The road thru the park is very Savannah like and there are dozens of Forrester Kangaroos. The camp site is sheltered in the trees, but with direct beach access. The place is also full of tame and friendly wallaby! There is another amazing moon tonight.

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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The plan today is to get within striking distance of Cradle Mountain. It is always rainy weather there, but it is forecast for cloud, but no rain for tomorrow. We hedged our bets though and booked a hotel for the night.

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    The accommodation on the mountains fully booked and so we chose a small motel in Sheffield (City of Murals). We set out order cloudy skies westward. The first stop was at the Iron Pot Vineyard, where after a tasting and lunch we found they have amazing food, but not very good wine.


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    We continued north west to Narawntapu National Park. Here we hiked the Archer’s knob summit track and then walked back along the desolate and isolated beach. This park is also a reserve for the Forrester Kangaroo.

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    We stayed on the single lane back roads thru Railton to Sheffield. We were still stuffed from our massive lunch and after checking into the hotel we had nice hot showers and snuggled under our electric blankets!

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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today it is cloudy, but as advertised not raining.

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    We drove up to the Cradle Mountain ranger station. From here you have to take a shuttle the 8 km to the Dove Lake trail head our to road works on the very narrow access road. We packed our luck and set out on the Dove Lake Circuit.


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    It was in fact sunny much of the time, but despite that the summit of Cradle Mountain was in the clouds. On the shuttle ride back we saw 2 huge Wombats! Leaving the park we were again going north to the coast road and made for Stanley and a hike to the Nut. We had to make a few stops for foraging!!! and photos.

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    It was now an hour from sunset and we had about the same distance to cover to get to the free camp at Marrawah. We did arrive here just before dark and in time to set up the tents. It was a bit drizzle and luckily there is a nice shelter here that even has flush toilets and BBq’s.

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have a big day ahead of us as we are in the far north west and want to make it back to Hobart in the far south east tonight. It was raining on and off all night and we could a least hang the tents in the shelter for a while.


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    We will do this by going on the remote west coast road thru Corinna, where there is a punt cable ferry that saves a 100 km on the way to Zeehan. The road is paved 49 km from Marrawah on the C214 to where it meets the C249 where you turn onto a narrow and sometimes rough dirt road that continues until Zeehan.


    The road wanders up and down rolling hills and curves along on its way south. There is very little traffic here and this is why it make a great location to release the Tasmanian Devil’s from the breading program. This will lessen their change of becoming road kill, which is what has decimated their numbers.

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    In Corinna there is a lodge with expensive coffee and an office to but the 25$ ticket for the 5 min cable ferry ride, but it saves over 100 km if you have to go around.

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    We made a pit stop for mushroom foraging and a short interpretive walk in the forest.

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    We decided in Zeehan to make the side trip to Strahan to check out the wild west coast surf. The beach here is covered with wiggling sea foam.

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    It is getting late in the day and we have 301 km and only 3 hours of day light left. Instead of another night of free camping we all felt it would be better to just keep going and make for Hobart tonight. We did stop briefly in Hamilton to finish off what food we had in the car and take a break from the road. We finally got to the city just after dark, showered, and all hit the sack.
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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    For our last day here we walked into the city and along the harbor for lunch.


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    We caught the MONA ferry for the 30 minute cruise to the museum. This is a very unique experience of modern and instillation/experiential art. In the videos the people all are lip syncing to Madonna songs and it was so addictive to watch.

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    This guy just sat here all day with the tattooed back.

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    This machine is fed all day and makes one poop everyday at 2 pm (displayed until 4).

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    We dragged ourselves out of bed at 630 to get to the airport for our 8 am 1 hour flight to Melbourne and then the 3 hour wait for the 1230 and 3 hour train trip to Wodonga. Marg was there to pick us up and bring us home for the night and an amazing dinner of lamb shanks! It was so nice to be welcomed into their home again.

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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have some serious miles to make in the next 3 weeks.

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    Today we will backtrack on our route from last week from Wodonga to Corryong on the B400.

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    The town was packed with people in cowboy hats driving rigs with snorkels and winches! It is the “Man from Snowy River” festival up here in the Snowy Mountains. Just after leaving the town you approach the Victoria-New South-Wales boundary and we saw several police in the road and they signaled us to pull over (WTF we were not speeding). Nope they were doing mandatory alcohol blow tests at 11 am on a Saturday!

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We then turned south on the Alpine way thru the Murray River Valley towards Tom Groggin. From here the road is winding and very narrow. The locals like to drive in the center of the road as well.

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    There are steep rises and switch backs towards the ski fields at Thredbo. You then drop down for 10 km to the reservoir at Jindabyne. Between there and Cooma you are on a flat open plain until you rise again into the mountains towards Bega.

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    Here we wanted to get to the coast so we found a dirt road crossing on the Doctor George Mountain road between Bega and Tathra.


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    We then rode another 35 km north to the sea side village of Bermagui pretty tired after 505 km. We managed to get a room in the bunk house at the pub and walked over to the harbor for dinner.

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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are headed to Sydney in 403 km.

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    This is on the A1 that winds along the coast, but not on it most of the time and so we made a side trip into Durras North to see the beaches.


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    We were headed to Mona Vale north of the city to stay with Chris, but we made a pit stop in the city first. We rode over the iconic harbor bridge to North Sydney and under the bridge to get some photos.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have just sorted out this week that we have an issue with Indonesia. Canadians do not need a Visa for Indonesia and can get 30 days Visa free or can get 90 day Visa on arrival, but only at airports, some seaports, and at the one land border between Malaysia and Indonesia on Borneo. They do not do this at the border between Timor Leste and Indonesia that we will have to cross. This means we will need to get to the Consulate in Sydney today to discuss the issue. This is a 43 km ride across to the other side of Sydney and we left Mona Vale at 9 to avoid traffic. It only took us 45 minutes.


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    There was a bit of a line up, but they have an efficient number system. The man who helped us was very nice. He was so apologetic that we as Canadians would need and Visa and that he would have to charge us the fee. We were so happy to get the visa arranged. He even pushed the 4 plus days for processing and said we could come and pick them up in the morning.
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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now back to Mona Vale to meet Chris and then we drove out to the North head at Manly .


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    Chris is a captain on one of the harbor ferries and was able to get us on the famous Manly ferry. This leaves from Manly beach and crosses to the city at the docks between the Opera house and the harbor bridge.

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    We rode over and back up in the bridge with the crew. The timing could not have been better as we pulled up alongside the opera house just as the sun was setting behind the harbor bridge. The new addition to the boats in the last few weeks is they sell [​IMG] and so we had a brew on the return trip.

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    Then it was again back to Mona Vale for a traditional Aussie BBQ. At breakfast in the back yard we had a constant stream of feathered visitors including huge white cockatoo, multicoloured lorikeets, and Galah (red breasted cockatoo or as Sara likes to call them “the pink headed parrots”) at the bird bath.

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    fantastic pics - what a great adventure!
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    tradex56 Been here awhile

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    :clap WONDERFUL !!!!!! :type I'm always with you.
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