2006 Ulverstone Ulysses AGM Ride - Day 5

 

 

Tuesday, 07 March 2006: Devonport - Dismal Swamp - Ulverstone

Bass Strait was pretty good with just some rolling swell about 1:00am. We sailed into Devonport just after dawn and we were unloaded and headed for Ulverstone by 7:30am. Out of Devonport and straight into a 110 zone. I could get used to this. We actually went through areas still at 110 that would be lucky to be 80 in Queensland. With Des and Joan headed for their accommodation, Larry and Annette and Therese and I headed into Ulverstone, through AGM registration then to the football grounds to get established in our tents, pre-established in the the Tent City. What a great site and sight. Lush green grass, no dust, football club at our back door, great amenities, close meals etc. Could only have been better if it was also the actual AGM site, or at least if it was in easy walking distance.

With the gear unloaded it was back on the bikes and off on our first trip. Due west along the north coast through Burnie and on to Stanley for a visit to The Nut. Apparently it was a typical north-west coast day with showers and cold. From Stanley we continued west to Dismal Swamp in the Tarkine Forest. We were already adjusting to Tassie roads with their frequent bends but this was a strange area with a real eerie feeling as we rode through some of the wooded areas. The area has a terrific recreational and educational facility established by the Forestry Department. At $20, no one wanted to ride the 110 metre slide to the bottom and we later heard some horror stories of injuries in the early days. The ride back to Ulverstone was a bit more relaxed as we played tourist, stopped at various sites and travelled some minor roads to really get a feel for the area. Arriving back we later caught up with Clint and Charleen when they dropped around to our abode.

 

 

  • Very overcast as we arrive in Devonport in the early hours Very overcast as we arrive in Devonport in the early hours
  • Emu Bay and entrance to Burnie Emu Bay and entrance to Burnie
  • Old building in Stanley Old building in Stanley
  • The wharf at Stanley The wharf at Stanley
  • The Nut at Stanley The Nut at Stanley
  • We arrived at Dismal Swamp; It was very cold We arrived at Dismal Swamp; It was very cold
  • The swamp is a large sinkhole in Tarkine blackwood forest The swamp is a large sinkhole in Tarkine blackwood forest
  • The head of the 110 metre slide to the bottom of the sinkhole The head of the 110 metre slide to the bottom of the sinkhole
  • Table Cape west of Burnie Table Cape west of Burnie
  • Table Cape and Wynyard Table Cape and Wynyard
  • Table Cape Lighthouse Table Cape Lighthouse
  • Riding back into Ulverstone Riding back into Ulverstone
     

 

 

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