Me and Mandy in front of h er place

Touring Tasmania

Ruth and me at Herod's Gap
Ruth and me at Herod's Gap

Yesterday we arrived in Launceston after nearly two weeks of touring around. We’ve walked up Cradle Mountain, done the Walls of Jerusalem (gasp!) and ridden a pushbike on Maria Island. We’ve looked around Freycinet and (some of) walked over to Wineglass Bay and back. I was the one that wimped out on that due to having already had my fill of walking with the Jerusalem thing. Lee and Ruth are irrepressible though – if there’s a walk to be done, they do it.

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Coffee in Sheffield Tasmania
Coffee in Sheffield
At left is a photo of Ray, Lee and Ruth testing the quality of coffee available in Sheffield.

The trip to Launceston from Freycinet was particularly exciting as we were caught in the middle of some record rains in the north eastern region of Tas.  Roads were cut and we were prevented from passing in some places due to a washed out bridge and water over the road.

Me and Mandy
Me and Mandy in front of her place

While in the Freycinet area we visited my sister Mandy who lives near Swansea.  It had been some months since we last saw each other in Adelaide, so the time spent with each other was very enjoyable.

Eventually we arrived at Launceston where it was still raining, but so much as to threaten road travel.  Our day was spent exploring the Tamar Valley, with the highlight being a visit to Beaconsville, where the museum explained all the events of 2006 when the mining disaster occured there.

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