The Penguin and I had a really wild weekend. It was the three day Regatta Day holiday weekend. There was much going on in Tasmania this past weekend. The big Regatta with boat races and swimmers plus sideshow alley. The three day Wooden Boat Festival was in full swing. The big food festival, Festivale, was on up north. I did not attend any of these because our Ulysses motorbike group (for riders over 50 who have a motto of Growing Old Disgracefully) hi tailed it up to the northwest coast.
Was the weather beautiful and serene? Nope. Not a chance. Day I saw us doing about 480 kms through the middle of the state. The weather was : mild, gusty windy, fog to ground level, gale force winds out of the west into our faces then pouring rain, opening into sunshine during the last hour of the ride. Did we enjoy it? Oh yeah, lots of fun.
We had twelve bikers and surprisingly seven of them were women and five were men. We now equal the men in participation in this group.
We stayed at a caravan park in little cabins. I booked myself a single cabin. It was like something out of Winnie the Pooh. Little living room, kitchen and a very tiny bedroom but it was quiet and allowed me to have a good night’s sleep.
Day 2 saw us riding to the west coast of Tasmania to the Arthur River. The west coast of Tasmania is wild and wooly. The wind comes sweeping across the southern ocean and there is no land mass until you reach Africa. So nothing to delay or stop those winds. We felt them at full force. I was hanging on so tightly my friends almost had to pry my hands off the grips. It also rained. We went through the Tarkine Wilderness area. We also visited a lookout site called The Edge of the World. Beautiful and wild. Riding through rainforest we got a lot of rain. There were several trees down on the road we negotiated our way around. It was beautiful and soggy tourists we saw along the way waved at us or photographed our group of nine. Again 5 women, 4 men.
That night after enjoying a BBQ in the cold night air we all slept well. The night air was so cold our teeth shattered and our legs shook as we told one after another hilarious story or joke. What a fun time.
Day 3 saw us heading down the west coast to Queenstown and then across to Hobart. We left at 9:30 am and arrived home about 6:00 pm. We were exhausted but stopped to take several breaks, warm up. The lowest temperature was 7 degrees C and the highest was 14 which felt like a heat wave. (40’s to 50’s in F).
The spirit of the group was wonderful, the riders were sensible and considerate of one another and nobody broke off from the pack and took off on their own.
Tuesday dawned in my own bed and I did not move much yesterday at all. My muscles were sore, my bike is in dire need of a good wash and my clothes lie in a heap in the laundry pile. Did we have a really good time? We sure did.
The Travellin side of the Penguin really came to the fore.
Total Kms: 1200 (750 Miles)
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As a fellow traveller on the trip,I agree with everything said
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What a trip! It looks like it was a lot of fun. I liked your description of your little cabin. What a beautiful ocean! I miss the ocean.
Yes, the cabin was very small. It was easy to be in though. Small cabins such as this would be good places for people who are homeless to live in with just a bit more space for storage. They seem to be quite practical for those wishing for some privacy and peace and quiet.
You are a tough bird! What a great trip. I am full of admiration that you can pull this through. Thanks for sharing this trip.
I admit I wasn’t sure if I could finish the whole trip or not with such bad weather. I kind of surprised myself. It was one of those occasions where you’re completely exhausted but just don’t want to miss out on anything. It has taken me two days at home afterwards to recover. Haven’t moved much since I returned home. lol
WOW!! What an adventure! can’t decide whether to be jealous or glad i’m here in the nice warm house… and very nice pictures, to boot… i’m surprised that Tasmania has so much wild area… here’s hoping it stays that way… glad you all got back safely…
Tasmania has 40% of the state in wilderness areas and people fight like crazy to keep it that way. We would lose all of our tourism if it were to change. Some politicians don’t understand that and we rely on tourism very much down here all year round. We are a group of very safe, non risking taking, considerate riders who look out after each other. Through the fog we were spaced so we could follow the tail light ahead of us. Such a wonderful group of people.
An awesome trip! Beautiful territory. I would prefer being in a car though.
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I think most people would. We had so much fun and comraderie though.
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