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Old 02-27-2014, 12:35 PM   #196
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Monday morning I left Hobart to go to the west coast. It was not real a long distance to Queenstown but it took its time because the road is really winding. Halfway through it started to rain and it got uncomfortable cold down to 10C. At that stage I thought I smell smoke, not a 100m further on I could see why, a fire on both sides of the road at this kind of weather...







In one of the last bends going into Queenstown there was oil or something like that on the road and my back wheel slipped away. Luckily I was going really slow so nothing happened to me but I got a little bend into my rear sub frame and into the pillions foot peg. Should not be too bad.





The next day I wanted to ride to tracks but the first one was closed because of the fire and I tried to do the second one but it was to muddy for me.



So I only did a short ride into Strahan and found a nice spot to camp.





I could even light a fire again :)







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Old 02-28-2014, 10:11 AM   #197
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Helpfull ride report

I read this with full interest and I see what I have to expect on my trip. already consider a smaller bike instead of the GS1150. KLR, BMW. I still have time.
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:28 PM   #198
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I read this with full interest and I see what I have to expect on my trip. already consider a smaller bike instead of the GS1150. KLR, BMW. I still have time.
Might be more fun
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:31 PM   #199
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The next morning I used the beach close to my campground for another
beach ride, was good fun again. But this time I found something that
is really interesting on the beach: a whale's jawbone, 1 meter longer
than my bike!







Back in Strahan I met a few other bikers and started to chat with them
about riding around in Tassie. Turned out they tried to ride the
closed Western Explorer, a road I still wanted to do, but they had to
go all the way back because there was no way of getting a bike
through. I decided to go to the direction of the Western Explorer
anyway but then use an alternative road from Corinna.



To get into Corinna you have to cross a river with a barge, but I
couldn't get a clue how much I had to pay out of the sign. So I asked
the barge operator how the sign meant to be understood. He answer: "I
am new at the job and I haven't understand it jet."





For the night I found a lovely rest area at the Hellyer Gorge right in
the rainforest.







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Old 03-01-2014, 07:49 PM   #200
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Hey Dominik! Fantastic RR mate, and glad to see you're having an amazing experience Down Under!

As part of your tour, I see you'll be coming back through Victoria and felt compelled to offer you a friendly place to stay in Ballarat...there's a lot to do and see around this historical part. There's a bedroom in a nice house for you, garage/workshop for secure parking and maintenance, good food and company, etc. Happy to help in any way mate! Let me know if you're interested. :)
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:18 PM   #201
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Hey Dominik! Fantastic RR mate, and glad to see you're having an amazing experience Down Under!

As part of your tour, I see you'll be coming back through Victoria and felt compelled to offer you a friendly place to stay in Ballarat...there's a lot to do and see around this historical part. There's a bedroom in a nice house for you, garage/workshop for secure parking and maintenance, good food and company, etc. Happy to help in any way mate! Let me know if you're interested. :)
Thanks mate, for the offer but I am just about to leave Victoria in to NSW (this RR is a little bit behind my actual travels).
But who know maybe I will be back. I will keep your offer in mind!

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Old 03-03-2014, 04:16 AM   #202
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From Hellyer Gorge I went to the not so far away Hall Point. My plan was to see penguins and this was one of the spots where they nest.



But first I tried myself as Andy Warhol - wasn't that successful :)



I put my tent up and started waiting for the penguins.*



But no penguins showed up. Even two hours after dawn no sign of them. That's when I lost interest in waiting any longer and went to bed.*



At 2 in the morning I was woken up by loud penguin chattering but it was cold and I was to lazy to stand up again :)
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:08 PM   #203
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At the next morning when I was taking down my tent the local ranger came by an asked me if I had not seen the big sign behind my tent that camping was not permitted? "No!" - "Ahh ... that's all right" ;)



Because I had not seen the big lakes of Tassie yet I decided to go inland again. On my way I stoped at the Liffey Falls one of the World Heritage areas in Tassie beautiful spot.









From there I went up into the highlands, around the biggest lake and back down into the lower eastern north.*



I had chosen a nice camping spot right next to the Liffey River in Brachnell.



I had just finished putting my tent up when I got a message from Chris like that: Mate we are having a birthday BBQ come around you are close! I had a look on the map he was right. After 5 min of thinking I decided to take my tent back down and have a short ride :)
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:35 AM   #204
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How's calendar v map going Dominik? Gonna get everything done and be at the Classic by the 3rd??????????
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With amount of time he's spending exploring tassie it will take 200 years to do the rest of oz
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:10 AM   #206
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How's calendar v map going Dominik? Gonna get everything done and be at the Classic by the 3rd??????????
Hi Trev, that's still the plan! I am planning to arrive in the Flinders area at the 2nd to have a spare day just in case.

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With amount of time he's spending exploring tassie it will take 200 years to do the rest of oz
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:15 AM   #207
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The morning after the party Chris asked me if I would be interested in serious trail bike riding for sure I was. I got Chris's Yamaha WR450 and he went on his Husqvarna TE610.



I had never been on such a bike before but Chris did a good job on showing me how to use it.*







It was great fun and I was amazed of what these bikes are capable but it was also absolutely exhausting.











Sunday we went Festivale in Launceston, a mixture of street art und gourmet food I left it full and entertained.*







On the way back Chris showed me how offroad capable his car is by using some of the tracks we had done to the trail bikes the day before.*



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Old 03-06-2014, 04:28 AM   #208
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Monday I went into Launceston to get a new front tyre for my bike. Wasn't as easy as I expected it to be because neither a motorcycle dealer nor the wholesaler had the Conti TKC80 I wanted in stock or could order it in time. So went back without a new tyre and only bought breaking fluid. In the evening Chris showed me how easy it is to change the break fluid.*







When we were done with the breaks Chris mentioned he had a used Metzler tyre he would not need anymore. We put it on, front tyre problem solved - thanks Chris!!!



On Tuesday I went on short test ride. The new front tyre work perfectly, way better than the old K60 Front. And because I was already on the road I decided to visit the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania.*













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On Wednesday it was time for a final goodbye to the Pedersen family because I was going back to the mainland. This time the ferry trip was at night and I had company by Nathan.



Thursday we went off the ferry, still slightly hangover, and went straight up to Bright to the Adventure Travel Film Festival. We used a route I got from David, lots of small winding roads and remote gravel tracks.*















Short before we reached Bright we had to turn around because the road was completely blocked by a tree and there was no way to get around or above it.
Our alternative road was a longer detour and so it got late until we arrived in Bright and Naz was already waiting for us. I shared a nice campsite right at the river with both of them to save some money.



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