Tasmanian Trail – Day 1 – Devonport to Gog range

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Tasmanian Trail here we come!

Meet Tony aka Darb, Tasmanian born and bred, Tony has put a lot of effort and planning into this adventure. His lovely sister Lisa let us bunker down at her house at Devonport. Lisa lives very close to the start of the trail.lrm_export_20170301_062213

Meet Eric, a mountain biking veteran with extensive biking adventuring experience in several countries. Eric is someone you want by your side when out in the wilderness, his knowledge and wisdom is outstanding.lrm_export_20170301_062403

And meet me, the aspiring adventure seeker still learning the ropes. I feel blessed to have Darb and Eric wth me.lrm_export_20170301_062535

We had spent three days driving from Brisbane to Dover to drop Darb’s car off (end of the trail for us) and the weather was overcast and raining most of the way through Tasmania. However today we woke to a balmy but perfect day! It was about 4 degrees when we woke but the sun warmed our bodies as we rode off.

After final adjustments to our bike setups we briskly got going via a quick stop for coffee.

Leaving Devonport, We crossed over the Mersey River bridge heading towards Latrobe on River road.lrm_export_20170301_064217

Following the Eastern bank of the river.lrm_export_20170301_064350

We soon reached the official Tasmanian Trail marker to signify the start of the trail at Latrobe.

Latrobe is the home of the Australian axeman’s hall of fame showcasing Australia’s wood-chopping champions.LRM_EXPORT_20170301_065045.jpg

We then cruised through the rich agricultural farmlands of northern Tasmania towards Railton.

Tasmania has an international reputation for top quality produce grown in some of the purest environments in the world.

We soon reached the Mersey River again. We left the trail for a bit and rolled along the banks to admire it’s beauty.LRM_EXPORT_20170301_071313.jpg

We then joined back up onto the trail. Our fat tyres crunched the gravel underneath as we joyfully commented about how wonderful the weather was.lrm_export_20170301_191040lrm_export_20170301_065202

We crossed the Mersey River over a new bridge that replaced the old one which was washed away in the previous flood.lrm_export_20170301_072948

Darb had spent allot of time planning and GPS plotting our intended route and I also noticed the track was well marked. Props to Darb and the trail volunteers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlrm_export_20170301_131044

Soon after, we rolled into Railton.lrm_export_20170301_073024

This friendly horse trotted over to me as I was getting the camera out.lrm_export_20170301_073127

The young lady working in the coffee shop was pleased to see us as she was an accomplished cycle tourer herself.

Eric enjoyed a coffee while admiring his bike.lrm_export_20170301_073304

We then refilled our water bottles at the local park and pedalled towards Sheffield on the rail trail from Railton.

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Sheffield is the town of murals. The first town mural was painted in Sheffield in December 1986. Since then over 60 murals depicting the area’s rich history and beautiful natural scenery have been painted on walls throughout the town and buildings along the roadside.

Sheffield had lunch waiting for us but first Eric spotted this ‘Marshall’ Steam roller and got a bit excited!

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Sheffield had a war memorial. This reminded me how lucky we all are to be free today. I was taken back by the large list of names, many brothers and sisters from the same family. Lest we forget!lrm_export_20170301_081638

After lunch and filling the water bottles, we headed off towards the Gog range National Park. Sheffield sits in the foothills of the magnificent Great Western Tiers, with Mount Roland the stand out feature.lrm_export_20170301_092722

We then started climbing up over Gog range.

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We enjoyed the quiet dirt roads towards our chosen destination for the night, the bank of the mighty Mersey River.lrm_export_20170301_102203lrm_export_20170301_102130

We set up camp, had afternoon snoozes, ate dinner and enjoyed a warm camp fire.lrm_export_20170301_102513lrm_export_20170301_102701lrm_export_20170301_102747

The sunshine was warm but the temperature was just perfect for riding. We were high spirited and very content. Happy days!

We rode 79.5 kilometres and climbed 1,197 metres of elevation gain. (Through this blog when I mention metres up or down, it means elevation change, not distance.)

I would rate today as 6.0 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter.

Here is the elevation chart…

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Provided by Tony Ryan.

12 thoughts on “Tasmanian Trail – Day 1 – Devonport to Gog range

  1. Hey Ad, just wanted to say I think it’s fabulous that ride you did. I’m very impressed!! It reminds me of all the hiking and riding that I did with Jim. Isn’t Tasmania a fantastic beautiful place?

    Mum xo

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    1. Hi, thanks for your comment, much appreciated! Yeah Tasmania is amazing, I really like it, so pretty. The hiking/cycling you and Jim did inspires me too. I love this cycle touring life, I want to tour the world now and should have time too. 🙂
      Cheers,
      Adam

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  2. Adam your blog is really cool. I am enjoying reading and looking at all the pictures. It looks so beautiful there. You truely are inspining.

    Sara

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