Three Trikes do the Launceston Trails

Colin, Rob and I decided to spend Saturday morning cruising the Launceston shared bike / walking trails. We met at the free parking area next to the Mowbray Cricket Ground – where Ricky Ponting began his career playing grade cricket. Who’s Ricky Ponting? Well you’re not a cricket fan are you?

The car park is usually lightly sprinkled with just a few parked cars but today it was chockers. Asking around, I found out that a Caravan and Outdoor Activities Exhibition was being held and parking for the event was here. Where were Colin and Rob?

I put the trike together and set off to find them. I first spotted Rob’s flags waving in the sprightly breeze. They were attached to Rob’s new purchase – a Greenspeed X1. This model has 16″ wheels and looks like a smaller, lower, more ruthless version of the Magnum. Colin was not far away so we grouped up, prepared our machines and set off.

I will quickly explain that we first rode the levee banks built to mitigate flooding from the North Esk River. Then the progression was across the river, down the road, along to the North Esk River trail to Hobbler’s Bridge, up to Elphin Road, along Elphin Road to City Park, down to the levee banks again and across to Cube (or was it Mudbar) for a coffee at Seaport – close to the confluence of the North and South Esk rivers.

I was appointed “Squadron Leader” and, taking my duties seriously (or being lazy) I didn’t take any still pictures. Not to worry – here is a compressed video of the trip.

Checkout the clouds – one minute grey, the next sunny.

Author: antc1946

Born in 1946 I learnt to cycle about 10 years later. On a bike with rods connecting brake levers to the brakes - anyone remember those? I emigrated to Australia (from the UK) in 1974 and moved to Tasmania in 1984. Bicycles were in my life for most of that time although sometimes they were replaced by motorised two wheels for a bit more excitement. On reaching 70 I decided to stick to pedal power but in 2019 an electric recumbent made an appearance. it's now 2023 and I have 3 bikes. 2 e-recumbents and the Brompton.

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