VRT – A day around Mansfield

A look around Mansfield: A quiet day building stores and bike maintenance

Tuesday March 28, 2017, 15 km (9 miles) – Total so far: 205 km (127 miles)

A “look around Mansfield” day. I am tucked away nicely in this park in the grassy tent area and behind an unused caravan.

Mansfield camp site

At 205 kilometers travelled so far it may well be thought that my trip is not gathering speed. Well you would be correct. I didn’t plan a speedy trip but one that went at a comfortable speed for me and which gave me time to explore. Believe it or not – I am actually on schedule!

Everything was wet this morning as the rain from the storm didn’t have a chance to dry before the evening dew arrived. Luckily it was sunny today and everything has now dried out.

I toured around the town discovering some good coffee, bicycle paths and a large Botanic Gardens c/w cycle path shared with walkers. I called into the local bike shop and threw out one of my water bottles that makes the water taste very much like plastic when heated. The new one, I am assured, will not.

The Botanical Gardens – let’s take care
Still not swooping
Similar but not quite the same as the Tasmanian Native Hen

A pannier clear out, bike check over, chain clean/oil and food shop filled in the day. Now to read a book and see if I can keep the mossies at bay for longer than last night. In the pannier clean up I uncovered some stuff called “Good Riddance”. A mossie cream Sue bought in Darwin. It has the strongest scent, well, smell about it – which is why it hasn’t been used up yet. It seems to be working so far but I may be ejected from the camp kitchen!

The plan is for an early start tomorrow on the road to Whitfield. The route includes a significant climb up to and past Tolmie. At least it will be on tarmac of some sort.

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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