Stripped : Jesus Jones

Our last day dawned cool and wet. We waited until the sun dried of our tents and head into Strahan for some brekky.

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Another beautiful day loomed ahead of us.

Leaving town via the Henty Dunes we followed the coast road up to Zeehan.

A new road for all of us took us out towards the coast and around Reece dam. A few corners had sprayings of gravel on them so caution was necessary. There were spectacular views of the coast and mountains.

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The road wound through high plains and into the shaded forests eventually arriving at the dam itself.

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The dam is about half way along the road. We regrouped and started off towards the highway.

Ant had a wonderful time and arrived at the junction with the main road to find some large roadworks. We were waved through and turned north towards Cradle Mountain.

The were a few sections of roadworks to negotiate but nothing too dramatic. We turned onto Cradle Mountain road and waited for Barnsey and David.

And waited.

And waited

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And waited.

And then got a phone call from Dave. Barnsey's bike had a come to a halt on one of hills. 

I headed back to see what could be done while the others went on to Cradle.

I found them on the side of the road with Barnsey on the phone to NRMA and Dave and Liam looking on. Dave had found the problem and it looked like this.

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No forward motion happening there. The RACT agent was dispatched from Queenstown with a trailer. The next problem was sourcing sprockets and chain for a KLR. The bike shop in Devonport had a chain but no sprockets. A phone call to Burnie resident Brenton, had him on the hunt. If they could be found I would ride to Burnie to pick them up, meet the bike in Devonport and get it fixed in time for the boat.

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Brenton had not only found the sprockets but had already sent them onto the bike shop!

I left the guys waiting for the tow and raced to meet the others at Cradle Mountain. I searched the carparks and went up to the base of the mountain but could not find them.

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I had a great and spirited ride through Wilmot and met the others in Devonport. We rode to the bike shop and waited for the truck to arrive.

The shop had kept 2 guys waiting so it could be fixed in time for the boat.

An hour later all was fixed and the whole crew head to the boat with plenty of time to spare.

Goodbyes were said, and plans started for next year.

As I rode away I hoped that the recliners on the boat were not as bad as we had heard......

Massive thanks to Brenton for finding the sprockets and to City Bike Centre in Devonport for fitting it all so quickly.

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Brothers in Arms: Dire Straits

Ant's damper didn't work so well but seeing a possum eating purple soap made the evening.
A cool night saw us in bed earlyish.
Today was looking good. The skies cleared as we all filled and fuelled up at Westerway. A new road for all took us up to Ellendale. A bit of gravel kept us sensible.
I swapped bikes with Ant and tried the 1000RR. Amazing power but the ride and wrists were happy to get back on the GS.
We passed through Tarraleah for a coffee and met up with Billy and Charley.

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The sun was out, the roads were dry and it was a great run to the Wall. A series of wood sculptures that need to be seen.

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After a bite at Derwnt Bridge we set out for Queenstown. A truly great ride in clear blue skies.
The last thrash down to Strahan saw the KLRs get there first.

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A nice camp spot on grass and a beer has finished the day of nicely.
Tomorrow the route takes us to Devonport via Cradle Mountain.

The Wall : Pink Floyd.

We set off early as we had a big day out to Strathgordon. After fuelling up we met 9 other riders to head into Tassie's west wilderness.

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The long road was uncharacteristly dry and Ant had much fun with a CBR 1000 and a 675 Triumph.
We regrouped out at the dam and after a look around headed back to Strathgordon for lunch.

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The day got better and better and the run back to Mt Field was enjoyed in 22 degree heat! A very pleasant spot by the river will be home for the night before the long trip to Strahan tomorrow. The forecast is good so another magic day might be in store.

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Love Boat Captain: Pearl Jam

After a good nights sleep we were keen to get away and explore the southern loop from Hobart towards Southport. Dave and John joinedus for the trip through Margate towards Kettering. We turned onto the twisty road through Nicholson Rivulet and headed towards Cygnet. After quick coffee stop at the red velvet cafe we headed back towards town. Dave had invited us to go sailing for the afternoon so we missed out the rest of the trip to Southport and instead headed over Longley and the summit of Mount Wellington.
A quick bite of lunch and bumping into Billy saw us a little bit late for the boats departure. We sailed out on the yacht and spent a very pleasant afternoon sailing around Hobart harbour, thanks to Dave and Elysse.

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Back to the Tavern for dinner and preparations for the long ride out to
Strathgordon tomorrow. We have eight other friends joining us for this trip so that should be a total of 16 bikes.

Jail Break: ACDC

Our day started with a quick swim. The Roast lamb and beer can chicken dinner the tonight before was excellent. We left Orford and travelled south towards Sorell

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There is a huge amount of roadworks around the Peninsula after the fires from last year. Everyone got through them okay and the 1000RR GS even coped well.
We had a quick bite to eat at a cafe then continued through Nubeena and headed back towards Hobart.

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Ron and Corey needed new tires so we headed for horizon motorcycles. After a quick tyre change headed into the city to have a look around. We hit it in peak hour and decided that leaving was our best option. We retreated to the Tavern to cook dinner and have a few frosty adult beverages.
Some electrical work was done to Corey's bike and rewiring of Ants helmet.

Tomorrow we leave down through Nichols Rivulet to Southport and back again by the summit of Mount Wellington.

Turning Japanese : The Vapors.

Windy night saw lots of air movement backwards and forwards.
Wineglass Bay is on the bucket list of many so before breakfast we walked up to the lookout. A spectacular site and well worth the walk. A couple of lovely Japanese girls took our photos and even had one with us.

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A ride down to the spectacular coastline of Cape Tourville Lighthouse finished off our sightseeing for the day.

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It was then an easy ride south towards Swansee and Orford.
An afternoon of attempted windsurfing swimming and enjoying ourselves filled in the rest of the day. Liam had a few casts but no luck catching dinner.

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Our loop through Woodsdale and Lake Leake was missed because of late leaving and a couple of suspect rear tyres.
Tonight it's beer can chicken, lamb and frosty adult beverages.
Tomorrow it's the Port Arthur loop, new tyres and a night at the Mt Rumney Tavern.

Sultans of Swing: Dire straits.

Calm seas made us very happy!
After customs, immigration and quarantine were cleared we headed east towards the Exeter bakery. A large coffee and various pies filled us up and set of towards the east coast.

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Clearing Launny the twisties of the Sideling beckoned. Lots of nearly gravel -free corners had everyone swing from lock to lock. A fair bit if traffic and our sensible attitudes kept us well below the speed limit. Fun was had.
Roadworks beyond Derby brought the GS and the KLRs into familiar territory. Ant's new S1000RR handled the dirt gingerly and has not earned its GS badge yet.

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A stop at the Pub in the Paddock for lunch gave Iiam a chance to spot the local pigs bot-bot.

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A long but pleasant ride sees us moored up at Coles Bay for the night. Tomorrow it's Orford and the Woodsdale Loop.

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Some Kind of Monster: Metallica

A beautiful day dawned in Marysville. A late night dash to Buxton for dinner went well. Nothing open in Marysville on a Monday night!
We had a short run up to Eildon for a coffee and some breaky.

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Dave B and I headed into Melbourne while the others stayed away until the afternoon.
Temps soared up to 35 degrees which made for a sweaty ride.
I took a 796 monster for a test ride while Dave had a beer.
Monster purchased we headed through downtown Melbourne to the boat.

We met up with Ant and the others and boarded. The forecast is much better than last weeks.
As we sit at the wharf Corey is already being sick.

So a good night then!

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Twist and Shout : The Beatles.

A transport stage today to get to Marysville to meet up with CAF boys.
Dave and I left the island after a great weekend watching the Superbikes. The GPS had some interesting thoughts on where to send us but we eventually ended up at Reefton Spur.
A nice slow ride for us but others seemed to have come to grief.
The temperature climbed into the high 20 and we had a great ride. We lobbed into Marysville around 1:30 and the others arrived soon after.
They had come down the dirt on Woods Point Road, fine for the 2 KLRs but not much for Ron on the GSX 1400!
Tomorrow we head for the boat back to Tassie. Hopefully a bit smoother than the trip over!

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