Tassie's east coast
Vertigo has just completed a special charter with it's first repeat client's, Crommo from the Gold Coast and Garren from Mosman. After riding on Tasmania's west coast wild trails last year the lads were ready to take on the east coast.
Our first ride took place on the very challenging Blue Tier descent where Garren tested the breaking strain of his own limbs and that of his brand new carbon S works, on the gnarliest section of the trail. This man does have some serious grit as he was back on the bike after a few deep breaths trying to keep on the tail of formidable guide, Rob.
A relaxed night was spent at the Weldborough Hotel enjoying the boutique beers and ciders, along with local fare.
The boys woke to subzero temperatures and a massive frost, so we made a hasty departure for the coast and a walk along the beach at Binalong Bay, the southern end of the Bay of Fires. After a scenic coastal drive we encountered the only inclement weather of the tour which meant an arrival at Freycinet in low visibility. The spectaular Hazards suddenly revealed themselves in front of our accommodation and did not fail to impress the lads.
A bush ride over to Bluestone Bay was followed by a fantastic hike to Wineglass Bay- Hazards Beach- returning along the inner coastline. I thought 11kms at 40% of the recommended time was a great feat and was ready for a drink. Garren had other ideas with Mt Amos towering overhead. With Rob in tow they literally sprinted up the track. An hour later they returned triumphant and in one piece after encountering treacherous conditions on the large, steep granite slabs.
Waking up to a spectacular day we headed off to Hobart along the most scenic stretch of coastline south of Swansea.
The boys were hungry and needed a good bakery..come in Jackman and McRoss in Battery Point. 'Nothing that good in Sydney', I have to agree Garren. Now we're ready for Mt Wellington, with a hint of snow on top. The North South track, while quite wet, was still an absolute blast, with Garren and Rob going back for a top to bottom run with only one involuntary stop when Rob decided to part company with his bike.
Well we all had a great time, happily exhausted. Now to plan their trip for next year.