Tasmania 2

First of all, look what I found in my duffel. A toad must have crawled in one night. Dry now. Well, still a bit bendy but almost dry. Business card for scale. It’s going home to someone I’ve been collecting things for recently
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The day’s track from Strahan to Hobart
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I’d heard the ride through the forest out of Strahan was good. It started like this and stayed like this for maybe the first 30 miles
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With a couple of views over the forest
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Then back to more twisties
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Up higher the road was faster

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And wove through hills above Queenstown
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Great road
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Later, a stunning lake. We’re in a world heritage site. There’s no development at all. Central western Tasmania is immaculate
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Despite the overall blue, up close the water was almost toxic with tannins, reducing visibility to maybe 6 or 8 feet depth
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Later we saw purple in the ditch and stopped
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The most astonishing semi-aquatic plant
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A tiny flower stem maybe 8 inches tall with bloom on top, hundreds of them. No sign of the foliage which we’re guessing was preceding, given it’s summer. They looked like an army of tiny sentinels and almost alien
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Up close. I looked it up and it’s Utricularia dichotoma, a carnivorous bladderwort. Fantastic little thing
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We stopped for the short 10 minute walk to Nelson Falls. The ferns below are about 10 feet high. The rain forest
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The falls
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And that was the end of the best paved riding we’ve done on this side of the Pacific. It was nothing short of brilliant. Rarely tight, 2, 3, 4, 2 without a break, mostly good sight lines, good camber, a very aggressive road surface, we let our guard down and rode at 90% of our abilities, instead of the promised 70% maximum. In the top couple of dozen paved rides of the whole trip, possibly top 10. Ride this road.

Put her in 6th and relaxed through here, though fast. Australian indicated speeds are generous. What’s posted as 100kph here would be 80kph at home
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This is a purpose-built structure around a long mural/shallow relief sculpture. 15 years of carving full-time by one man and very good. No photographs allowed. I’ll post them when I’ve left Australia if I remember. Here’s a link, worth a click, an impressive solo project
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The environment is drier the further we move east. So back to Eucalyptus forest
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How fast is this little road? Very fast. A great surface, you’re stuck like glue
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One of the many ponds we pass
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Back into civilization, farmlands
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Outside Hobart we stop when we see this
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Park and walk down to a roped off area
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It’s little mini powerboats. They’re being sent off by a flagman in small timed groups
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Zoom!
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We chat with a local couple and their dog. They tell me this is kid’s racing. Dads ( and a Mom or two) raced earlier. It’s a family thing. The event I’m watching now is children under 12 years old, boys and girls. The boats are all custom, none are off-the-shelf
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Proud Dads stand in the water and watch little Timmy or Elspeth fly by at 30 mph. The youngest boys and girls racing today are 9
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The top mark
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You can see the guy with the checkered flag bottom left. Some little tyke has an awesome lead. He/she will be a hero at school tomorrow
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I’ve mentioned before, Aussies are motorheads so I’m not surprised my this. Heavily worked American muscle cars in particular are the thing. But anything with an engine really.

Soon, we’re into Hobart, and as is tradition we ride down to the water first
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More kids. This time in the rigging up a mini tall-ship
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Hobart is pretty. Old historic stone buildings everywhere
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Cafes under stone
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The main drag. There’s something peaceful about Hobart
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