It has taken a little while to write a follow-up from the 2013/2014 Tasmania trek, but we do assure you, it has been done. Our legs and bellies can attest to that!
Over 650kms were cycled from Devonport to Southport in support of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
It was an absolute pleasure riding through some idyllic scenery: from the Great Lakes (now that was a climb!) to Freycinet NP, the former penal colony at Maria Island to the bays of the Tasman Peninsula, the summit of Mt Wellington to the orchards of the Huon Valley, there was never a shortage of fruit, chocolate, cheese, honey or cider to be found.
Along the way many people were interested to discuss this, and our past, rides in support of MSF. We thank all those who donated to MSF and hope the word of their good work continues to spread. Particular mentions go to East Coast Cruises for their ferrying to/from Maria Island and Eagles Rise Tasmania and Talune Farm Cabins for such lovely accommodation and kind donations to MSF.
Michael, Maggie and Jordy were doing it tough for the first week, covering 400kms while toting 4 bags each stuffed to the brim, including tents and sleeping bags. Truly a Herculean effort. Elly and Billy arrived a little later (with the vehicle) and from the north-east coast down there was a lot of rotation on the 3 bikes.
Highlights included Christmas Day on Maria Island, a former penal colony with bunks converted from the penitentiary, Fortescue Bay, MONA in Hobart, being on the dock as Wild Oats crossed the Sydney to Hobart finish-line and a cruise around the World Heritage area at Strahan. Oh, and did we mention the food? There was always an amazing selection of fuel to supply our legs. Needless to say we ate plenty of delicious seafood, fruit and other goodies.
Now that we are safely back on the ‘mainland’ planning turns towards the 2014 Mt Gambier to Melbourne ride and the 2015 ride overseas. See the webpage if you want to know more about 2014 Mt Gambier to Melbourne.
If you wish to donate to MSF please visit our everyday hero page.
Love, the Greenhams.