AUSTRALIA Page 18 - TASMANIA - March 2007.

Australia, the adopted homeland of both Mal and Lee. The only continent under one government and the country we both love. The picture above is the “skyline” of our city, you can click on the picture to get a larger image. Perth is one of the most isolated regional capital cities in the world. There are so many things to say about our country that I simply do not know where to begin...

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Friday March 23rd 2007 Hobart to Brighton.
Approx. 36.38k's Average Speed 10.14kph Cycling time 3Hr(s) 35Min. Max speed. 40kph Max temp we recorded 34°C (Shade)
Very Hilly. Road Conditions: ALL Poor in Tassie - The most SEVERE headwind we have ever experienced.
Very hot day with storm clouds looming... Raining as I type.
We have decided to NOT go via the west coast... Logging trucks and poor roads have been a factor in our decision. The difference in distance is probably only 100k's less than our original plan.. Negligible really. We took advice from several sources – ALL cyclists. We will stick with Hwy 1 for most of our journey north. The abuse continued today despite our using the “intercity cycleway”... A beautiful path with “killer” intersections thrown in – They (the planners) need to visit the “Werribee Trail” in Victoria, to see how it should be done.. The stupidity of the planners here is simply astonishing..

We have been referred to another “Bentist” (=Person that rides recumbent's) by John and Helen – Cyclists we have not yet met. Richard has had a stroke and is in the process of recovering. He built his own recumbent and has been very innovative in his designs for all manner of cycling paraphernalia some of which can be seen bellow...

More.... He built this from scratch including the innovative – super light luggage box.

Yet More...

Never ridden a two wheel recumbent – could not ride this :-)

Our bikes bedded down for the night...

and “rain proofed”....

Dishes done

Relaxing for the night

Catchya Later.
Saturday March 24th 2007 Brighton to Kempton.
Approx. 20.27k's Average Speed 8.52kph Cycling time 2Hr(s) 21Min. Max speed. 45kph Max temp we recorded 14°C (Shade)
Very Hilly. Road Conditions: ALL Poor in Tassie, O/night Accom.: $.
Very cold day, lots of freezing rain, which saw our thermometer on the bike register only 7C in the showers... As luck would have it I snapped my chain... I do not have a spare chain.. so I spent lots of time in the freezing rain putting bits of chain together to make a usable one. I eventually succeeded knowing the alternative was a return to Hobart....

The abuse on the road is beginning to reach frightening levels... It is beyond anything comprehensible. I am just thankful it is only on a verbal level today... We have not been “driven at” or sat behind at 6kph for 10 minutes like yesterday... A public bus decided he would sit behind Lee and stop other traffic passing for at least 10 minutes... ABSOLUTLEY no reason for him to do that... Lee copped it from the drivers HE held up... Duh!!! Nor have we had stuff thrown at us today. Staying at a FREE caravan park in Kempton – Free power too, $10,00 if you need a shower.

Here we met up with Marg, a lady whose pic appears some days ago.. She cooked us dinner of Bacon, Sausage, couscous and peas... Thanks Marg.

The seating is covered and plentiful...

Not much more today... Catchya Later

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