Sunday, 13 January 2013

Day 13 TASSIE!!

200km today from Devonport to Oatlands!!
We rode today in memory of  Cyril and Doreen Drake, J-Bone's grandparents. And in support of Natasha Hazlewood, Nadsy's sister in law. It was an honor to ride for them, it inspired us to keep going - especially when the going got tough, VERY tough this afternoon.
We knew we were back riding in Tassie, it was cold and hilly.
We honked along to Longford and got the first 100km done pretty quickly, although we had another couple of punctures - unbelievable, we have had soooo many flat tyres.
We had a great lunch in Longford - a big thank you to the Pasta Merchant in
Launceston for some very yummy pasta. So we were well-fueled for the last 100km.
It was crazy - we had just ridden down most of the east coast of Australia and the 50 km from Campbell Town to Oatlands would have to have been one the toughest 50 km.  A strong headwind all the way at the end of a 200km day!
But we made it to Oatlands to an amazing welcome of family and friends who made the trip up from Hobart. Thanks guys for coming up, we loved seeing you!  The Rotary Club of  Oatlands have arranged wonderful accommodation for us all tonight and put on a fantastic BBQ. Thank you so much for your hospitality - Oatlands is our favorite Tassie town.
Southwards to Hobart tomorrow. Only 80 km. We can have a bit of a sleep in, don't have to be on the road early - we are riding into Hobart Fire Brigade at 1600!

See you in Hobart tomorrow everyone!!

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