Dunkeld to Hamilton

Brrr. Last night in the OzTent was really chilly. I expected to see frost but the temp was 6C. Can’t explain why I felt so cold from 4am onwards.

Took a long time to pack up and get going. Time just slipped away while I spent time watching the park bird life. It’s a Community run park, well looked after. They have a tame Magpie and it was teaching it’s young how to look cute and get fed. They are nice until the thing in their brain goes click and it’s dive bombing time.

The last shop in Dunkeld sells coffee. Tested 3 different places now and the coffee tastes the same in all of them. A local roaster supplies them – must be the same blend and I reckon it includes some Robusta beans. The taste is ‘robust’.

3 touring cyclists came across the road for a chat. The first cyclists I have seen touring. They are from Adelaide heading to Melbourne. I am the first touring cyclist they have seen.

Leaving town, up a slight hill, round a bend and, what’s this? A hard shoulder with good surface wide enough to take the trike. Brilliant.

For the next 8 ks the hard shoulder lasted until I turned right to pick up a quieter road. Then the magic began.

See. Good light. Good trees. Little wind
The imagination works overtime

Yes, a delightful ride, the sort that makes the bad days worth having.

Wow! Great we don’t have roadkill like this in Tassie. A dead fox is a good fox.

Along the way there were roadworks.

In the distance – a tobacco drying shed. Not at all like those alongside the Wangarrata to Bright rail trail

It was just more of the same all the way to Hamilton.

Hamilton itself is not cycling friendly. Narrow roads, cycle lanes filled with parked cars and busy roads thru the centre.

I will be here for 3 nights as some wet weather is forecast and I don’t fancy the roads complete with spray coming off the B doubles.

Sorry Diane. Too heavy. (Is this a repeat)

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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