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Old 09-24-2012, 04:49 AM   #5
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Florentine West

2012-09-19 Florentine West
Distance 296km

The plan was to poke around all the old forestry tracks at the western side of the Florentine Valley state forest... I wanted to get in as close to the "Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park" as I could.(Part of the largest "World Heritage Area" in Australia)

Some associated links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Florentine_Valley
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankli..._National_Park
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3937
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_Wilderness

Route:


I took one of my standard routes out through New Norfolk, Plenty Vally Rd, through to Styx Rd up past Maydena onto the Florentine Rd... The Styx and Florentine Rd's are wide gravel logging haul roads, they're like gravel highways, fairly fast roads...

BTW, before this ride I installed a pair of Dunlop D606 knobbies, 180gram Bark-Buster bar weights, and a Ram mount phone holder.. I use a iPhone 3GS with the Memory-Map app for navigation and music:





(The phone mount is just thrown on for the moment, I'll tidy it up later)

At around 101km on the route I turned off Florentine Rd into Eleven Rd and started poking around the back tracks:

7 min video heading up Eleven Rd and up a mossy side spur:


Then I headed up Alpine Rd which climbs up the side of Tiger Range (I think that's what it's called) (116-120km on the route)

Stunning views across the Florentine from up the top, photos do it no justice:






The ride up Alpine Rd, and checking out the view at the top, a 6min vid:


Then I headed back down to Eleven Rd, along to Tiger Rd, and up Range Rd (at 128 on the route)... It seems no one really comes up here, most the tracks are covered in thick slippery moss, and a lot of the tracks are overgrown and blocked by fallen trees...

I had to stop and break a tree up a bit to get through:


While I was stopped I wandered down the track to make sure I could get through further, there was a few more small fallen trees, no drama hey... Walking back I stepped on a small log and though to myself, "Damn that's slippery, better be careful on this one".... Of course I forgot about it once i was back on the bike, I didn't hit it quite square and down we went :



It was the first time I've been dumped on my ass since I started riding again last year, it was no drama, it gave me a chance to practice lifting the bike...

No damage


A 2.5 min video of the fall and pick up:


To be Continued....

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