Tasmania: Devonport to Dover Cycle Touring trip.
The Tasmanian Trail guidebook was used as a rough reference, however the latest edition was last published in 1999 so was quite out of date even with the updates published on the Tasmanian trail website ( www.tasmaniantrail.com.au). However, the guide does give you a good starting point even though the supplied maps are difficult to read. I found google maps a good way to match up the guide-book with an overall map of Tasmania as to find the way.
We flew in to Devonport so that meant that we had to box our bikes up and all our camping equipment for the airplane. Apart from wanting to keep the load down for the trip, it is also essential to keep weight down for the flight. The bikes are classed as luggage so anything extra you want to bring you have to pay for it, leaving you to the mercy of the check in staff. We were fortunately lucky, with very helpful staff both there and back from Tassie.
We eventually needed everything that we lugged around with us. Although we were very fortunate with the weather from Devonport to Dover, we needed the wet weather gear for cycling back from Dover to Hobart ( the leg from Huonville to Hobart was done in torrential rain).
- Plunger coffee mugs. (smart café) I need my morning coffee.
- Trangia stove and kettle. Have used it on many trips and has NEVER missed a beat.
- Folding cutlery (from Kathmandu). They are metal so it feels like proper cutlery.
- Dry bags (assorted).
- Ortlieb panniers. Would never buy another brand – worth the money.
- Map cover.
- Garmin Etrex GPS.
- Petzl head torch.
- Poop Scoop.
- Light weight 3 man tent (for the two of us!).
- Sleeping bags (very old need new ones).
- Exped air mats. Loved it!
- Rain gear. BBB water proof shoe covers, Lowe Alpine women’s jacket and pants, Macpac men’s jacket and pants.
- Cycling gloves, glasses and sunnies, scarfs, sun shirt, hat, beanie and of course bike knicks (worn only under quick dry shorts).
- Quick-dry clothing. handy when you have to start hand washing everything.
- Tools for bike repairs: – spare fold up tyres, tubes, spare spokes, chain oil and grease, allen keys (assorted sizes), gaffa tape, velcro, spare rag, pliers, screwdriver, pump, cassette remover, spoke tensioner, bottom bracket remover, chain whip, patch kit, and an assortment of bolts and spare screws.
The adventure cycling handbook by Stephen Lord has heaps of great tips and advice. We found it really helpful. www.adventurecycle-touringhandbook.com
We would also like to thank the guys at Epic Cycles in Paddington Brisbane for all their help and advice. Brett Crombie from Macpac at Fortitude Valley in Brisbane for taking the time to email helpful websites and advice on what to take. And Last but not least Stephen Tully from Beachcamp in Tasmania www.beachcamp.com.au for the great weather updates, support and warm welcome as we rode into Hobart.
This is just a rough guide of what we took, to suit us. Everyone’s adventure is a different and unique experience. This is what worked for us, and our journey.
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