Ulverstone ride, and a well deserved lunch, I packed up the road bike and pulled out the Mountain Bike. It was time to explore some of the northern sections of the Tasmanian Trail whilst I was up here.
I drove back to Devonport and followed the section from the Ferry Terminal through to the end of Old Deloraine Road the easy way, ie. in the car. I had actually cycled the section from Devoport to Ouse about a decade ago, and it was nice to recall this section. Before I knew it I was confronted by a boom gate and a range of very unwelcoming signs, so I unloaded the bike, and set off into the bush along the trails.
Unfortunately, it then got worse. After a kilometre or two, the track I was on came to a T junction. The Tas Trail marker (and my GPS route) both indicated I should proceed directly through the T junction and into what looked like a dead end.
I decided to trust them, for a little while at least, and I pedaled on. The next 500metres are what really annoys a fully loaded touring cyclist. The forest on the right hand side of the track had all been clearfelled, and many of the trees had just been dropped straight onto the track and left there. That was why it looked like a dead end. I ended up push and carry the bike over large trees, or take long detours off into the bush or coupe to find my way around all the deadfall. This was all fine for me on an unloaded mountain bike, but would have you cursing if you were loaded up with gear. It also wasn't recent ... there were some pretty significant tracks worn around all of the downed trees.
This is where I turned around (noting to myself on the way back in that there weren't any TT signs) and headed back to my car. I tried going through the coupe on the way back to avoid all the deadfall, but the tracks were unrideable so ended up pushing again. The only real positive was when I got back onto the trail I found that it was pretty much all downhill back to the car, which was a bit of a whoop.
Ended up getting take-away chinese (very average, but lots of veg which I needed) and was in bed asleed by about 7.30pm.