Our last day dawned cool and wet. We waited until the sun dried of our tents and head into Strahan for some brekky.
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.
The road wound through high plains and into the shaded forests eventually arriving at the dam itself.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.