Tasmania: Devonport to Dover Cycle Touring trip.

 
We rode from Devonport to Dover  in an attempt to see for ourselves if the Tasmanian Trail was doable via touring bike. The trail  is a historic trail that follows forestry tracks and minor roads from Devonport to Dover. Originally the trail was started up for horse riders, mountain bike riders and bush walkers. Although most of the trail was followed, we had to modify our route so that it could be doable by touring bike as we were travelling without a support vehicle, and totally self-sufficient. The trail takes you off the beaten track taken by a majority of tourists and meanders through the Tasmania’s beautiful and diverse landscape. 

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Trail guidebook was used as a rough reference, however the latest edition was last published in 1999 so was quite out of date even with the updates published on the Tasmanian trail website ( www.tasmaniantrail.com.au).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. 

Getting there: 

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. 

 Equipment: 

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.

Tasmanian Trail

Near Myrtle Ponds Latrobe

  

Devonport to Dover our cycle route

Devonport to Dover our cycle route

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~ by Fiona Harding on January 4, 2010.

3 Responses to “Tasmania: Devonport to Dover Cycle Touring trip.”

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