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Old 12-21-03, 11:08 PM   #1
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Day 6 - Island Hopping part 2

"Watch out for that guy, we're still trying to suss him out. Just let us know if he gives you any trouble."

That was what I was told last night after returning to the campground at Triabunna. The manager was referring to someone who seems to have taken up semi-permanent residence in the area. This guy is actually a cyclist "because there's no taxi service in this town." As it turned out there was no trouble. There were also two other cyclo-tourists who arrived late on in the campground. Today's quiz question: if you took a cyclist from Austria, and stuck them in a Tasmanian summer, what comment would you expect from them? The answer later.

Today I took the ferry to Maria Island (pronounced "Mariah Island" for some bizarre reason"). The island is a national park, and has no electricity, cars or shops. There is plenty of wildlife, and quite a few interesting places to ride, if it isn't too sandy. Not the sort of place you're going to chalk up massive distances, however.

I got off the ferry and rode south - away from the popular campground. A pleasant ride through some native bushland, passing by some beautiful bays. There are also quite a few old convict ruins. The Island has a varied history, having been used initially as a penal settlement, then for sheep and cattle grazing, concrete production, and even mining at one stage.

It rained steadily all day, not really a huge concern to me as rain doesn't bother me a great deal. I had planned to ride to Macrae's Isthmus, further south from French's Farm (where I camped). However, the track was covered in sand. I walked instead. After that, I basically enjoyed the solitude and took it easy, having been on the back of four consecutive 100km+ days.

In answer to the quiz question, those who guessed "Why is it so cold here? It's supposed to be summer!" are correct.
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No, wait. This is a better view.
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I believe this is the view from Macrae's Isthmus.
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