First off, I’d like to apologise for some double posts you may have been receiving in recent weeks.
As I alluded to in a previous post, I’ve bought myself a Tablety/ iPady thing for our trip away, and I’ve been learning how to drive it, using the last couple of posts as test beds.
One limitation that I’ve noticed was that if you use the App to draft the post and then schedule it, all is good. BUT! If you then make some quick mods on a computer or laptop and don’t sync the app with the new computer version, you end up with double posts.
This shouldn’t be a problem once we’re under way, because I wont have access to a computer. If it does happen again, please accept my apology in advance.
So, what’s the plan for this week?
Well, in a little over 24 hours, The Pillion and I will be on our way south to Melbourne, Victoria.
On the first leg of our trip, we will cover about 1760km (1100 miles). This will take about three days of easy riding mostly on country roads.
Once we get to Melbourne, we put the floaties on Bluey and do the final 455km (283 mile) leg across Bass Strait aboard the Spirit Of Tasmania.
A cruise: I’ve never been on one of those before; unless of course, you count the ferry ride from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo across Sydney Harbour.
The journey across Bass Strait will take around 9 hours, and from all reports its’ quite a pleasant and relaxing crossing. There’s plenty to do on board too: A cinema, board games, bars, sleep and a multitude of other things too apparently.
One thing about the crossing I didn’t expect though, was the tough quarantine laws.
You can’t take anything over from the mainland, even though Tasmania is the southern most state of Australia. No jams, fruit, food of any kind, nothing.
They even let the air out of your tyres and replace it with pre-bottled Tasmanian air (Nitrogen filled are OK). It’s a precaution just in case you get a flat while your touring around the island; something about cross contamination and the ecosystem.
Once we arrive in Tasmania, we’ll spend three weeks riding on the island state before we head back to Devonport ready for our voyage back to the mainland. Once on the mainland, we’ll spend another three weeks meandering west then east the north back to Brisbane via Sydney.
As you ca see from the first photo, I’ve set the trip odo to zero.
I wonder how many kilometres well manage to rack up while we are away?
Yes, I know I need to fill up before we leave 😉
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