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Old 02-11-2014, 08:59 PM   #181
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Enjoying your trip, it's good to hear a foreigners account of somewhere you are a local. Interested in your comment about Pport Arthur being depressing, was there much evidence of commemorations for the massacre there? I haven't been to PA since then, was wondering how they handled it.

In case you aren't aware of it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Bryant
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:45 PM   #182
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They have a memorial and say it it like the worst part of the history but they don't talk much about it.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:09 PM   #183
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I think it has something to do with fun and volkswagon, Sitting here in the middle of the US enjoying your pics of camping and all the nice blue ocean scenes. It's cold here, safe travels, looks like your having fun. Snell, snell, more pics.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:57 PM   #184
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On Thursday I left Ironhouse Point in to the direction of Hobart.



But I used some detours. And at some stage I had to stop at a washed
away bridge on a forestry road. I did not want to go back so I decided
I had to go through the water. I found an easy way through shallow
water but I still took the entire luggage with electronics inside off
the bike - just in case.
My detour work fine and I was quickly going again.





However, just a few kilometres further on there was another bridge
washed away. This time there was already a 4WD track going through the
water and it look shallow. So I just went through - work fine but I
still got wet feet.







For the night I stopped at the historic town of Oatlands (although
historic does not mean old compared to Europe).

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Old 02-13-2014, 06:59 PM   #185
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At the next morning I had a look around to see the historic buildings
in Oatlands.

















From there I went on to Hobart but still using detours (Tassie is small :))
In Hobart I stayed at Bob's places ,Bob is Chris's dad who I met
before in who invited my to stay. Perfect place to explore the city
and even fast Internet was available - awesome. In the evening Bob
took me on a sightseeing tour through the city and to his favorite
Indian restaurant.
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:35 AM   #186
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Great to see that you don't skip Tassie - a lot of Oz travellers from overseas don't go to Tassie, which is a pity. Especially as there are a lot of great bike places to ride.

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Old 02-14-2014, 11:24 PM   #187
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Saturday morning I went to the Salamanca Market. Chris and Toni had
highly recommended going there and Bob said the same.
I was not disappointed. Although the market is a tourist attraction
they are not selling junk. You can get local fruits and veggies, beer
made by microbreweries, all kind of food and handcraft, even
handcrafted rowing boats. An entertaining place even if you don't buy
anything.

















Around lunchtime I met Nathan a British motorcycle traveller I got in
contact with over ADVrider and the HUBB. We had a quick lunch and I
decided to ride with him to the campground in Huonville where he and
his mate Hannes were staying. I had been in contact with Hannes,
another German motorcycle traveller, for some time before. Now I met
them both in one day.
In the afternoon Nathan started to change tires on his bike. Hannes
and I supported him with helpful (or were it stupid) commands. When
Nathan had finished the job we went on a short ride to test his tires
:)





Later we had had a big BBQ and I stayed longer then I had planed. By
the time I left it was completely dark and I had to ride all the way
back to Bob's house in Hobart. Because I did not want to hit any
wildlife I did the howl way in 60 km per hour top speed.







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Old 02-16-2014, 04:45 PM   #188
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Sunday I first went up to Mount Wellington, the mountain above Hobart.











From there I start a cultural program with two museums: first the MONA
- Museum of Old and New Art.



Normally I do not like museums exhibiting art but this one was
different. A gambler that makes shitloads of money build this museum
to exhibit his own arts collection. Even the building itself is
stunning.



Most of the exhibits are really freaky, for example there is a
artificial digestive system that gets real food and produces something
not to good smelling ... :)























In the late afternoon I went into the Tasmanian Museum in Hobart, less
art more history, biology and technic - interesting for me.



When they close the museum I went to a little get together with
Claudia and Ingo*www.reisemotten.com. They are motorcycle travelers as
well and Claudia had spotted my bike at the Salamanca Market the day
before. Good I had parked my bike right in front of the main entrance
:) Thanks to my website and Facebook they were able to contact me and
we had a lovely dinner - thanks for the invitation!

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On Monday I left Hobart for a while. I went to the campground in
Huonville for a night.





In the afternoon I went with Hannes and Nathan to explore the
Jeffery's Track close to the campground.





















How should have been any different I was the first to drop my bike :)
As soon as we had finished the track the question popped up how to we
go back to the campground? We could have done a big detour through
Hobart or we could just go back. One more time in the other direction!
This time I crashed while driving slow but luckily Nathan took photos
:)























We tried to use a sidetrack but we had to go back and had some
problems getting the heavy bikes of Hannes and me back up.























But we did the track in the other direction as well. Thanks to Nathan
and Hannes for the patience with me.























We spend the evening with a bunch of backpackers Hannes and Nathan
knew from work.



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The next day I went to Bruny Island. The ferry was only 5$ a fair
price you can't complain about.





On Bruny Island drove past a bay with lots of withe things sticking
out of the water at low tied.





I stopped, had a look, picked fresh oysters. Perfect a free ingredient
for my dinner was save.







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Thumb Wallabies.

Make sure to go to Adventure Bay and take a look at the albino Wallabies they got there. They are funny :)

Man, do I miss Tassie :(

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Make sure to go to Adventure Bay and take a look at the albino Wallabies they got there. They are funny :)

Man, do I miss Tassie :(

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I have been there but I must have missed the albinos :(
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At the next morning I took the ferry back and my plan was to go
straight to Cockle Creek to camp there.





But on the way I saw a sign next to the road "Thermal Spring" and I
thought why not? *They wanted 5$ entrance fee but I could not find a
single picture showing the pool, but I thought I risk it. Biggest
disappointment ever, just a normal swimming pool ...
But Cockle Creek was beautiful.





Here is where Australia's most southern road ends and so it is the
most southern point I have ever been.







I haven't had a campfire for a really long time because there were
fire bans everywhere but not here, perfect chance to have one again.
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The next two days I spend back at the campground in Huonville but I haven't done much in this days.









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Saturday I went back to Hobart and stayed two more nights at Bob's place.
Sunday morning I went on a tour to Lake Pedder with Roland, a friend of Bob, and some other bikers. Awesome roads but for Tasmania it was unbelievable hot that day up to 38C.













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