And we're off!!
I got away on time despite my washing machine refusing to spin out that last load of washing...
I am pleased with how well all my gear has packed on to the bike. There’s just enough room for me! The bike felt quite different with all the extra weight – mostly at slow speed. I wobbled to a stop a couple of times. The tank bag, while made specifically for my bike, is a close fit and if I turn the handle bars fully, like when doing a U turn, the bag just comes into contact with the high beam switch on the left side – which is ok – or the engine kill switch on the right side – which is definitely not ok!
My bike all packed to go
I met up with Doug and Scott, who will be my travelling companions for much of the next 4 weeks. I was pleased to see that they had even more gear loaded onto their bikes than I did.
Meeting Doug and Scott
It was a cold and windy trip up to the ferry – an extra layer of clothing was necessary at St Peter’s Pass, and I was thankful for my heated grips. We had coffee in Campbell Town and warmed up. Blinding sun straight ahead on the Bass Highway gave way to a pretty sunset as we approached Devonport. It was close to dark when we arrived at the ferry. There were 13 bikes waiting to load, about half the Tasmanian contingent doing the Long Ride.
Today’s distance: 290km