Melbourne to Adelaide. Let’s get started!

Day One

After much packing and checking we set off at 3pm to drive to Devonport.

This was early as the ferry wasn’t scheduled to leave until 9pm but we wanted Sue to get back home before sundown. The Bass Highway is not nice to drive in the dark.

It took a while to get Magnum ready to ride and even then I mounted the front wheels arse about. Lifting the front slightly to take off the offside wheel to begin rectifying the situation surprisingly made the trike tip over onto it’s side. Hmmm a bit top heavy then – be careful in corners.

There is a coastal shared path leading out of East Devonport and I rode a small way along it to make sure everything stayed in place. It did. Sue drove off. The ferry wasn’t in sight yet. It is currently doing 2 crossings a day (one each way) but it was now 5.30pm and where was it? So, to fill in time I rode to the end of the path meeting dogs, dog walkers and kids. It was very nice to slowly cruise chatting to people.

The ferry approaches

Then it was time to turn back and the Spirit was on the horizon. On my way back I saw the trail actually runs past the Ferry terminal. As I cycled this bit, the Ferry came past.

Now it’s in the river

Eventually we boarded and finally left late at 9.30pm.

Magnum tucked up for the night

I was travelling using the cheap option of the reclining seat. I was worried about keeping people awake with coughing. I took two anti histamin tablets as they help you sleep. Well, not a cough all night. The recliner lounge wasn’t too busy so we all spread out and sort of had a sleep!

How will it go tomorrow? Will Bay Road be filled with MAMILS to avoid? Will I hear the F1 cars from Albert Park? Will the Mornington Caravan park be full?

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, who knows, an electric bicycle may make an appearance down the track

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