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I run this thread, (Have Toys, Will Travel), on two FJR forums, and I am pleased to see that I have had a combined total of 153,000 Views over 4 years. I very much appreciate the interest shown by so many people around the World, in my travels around Australia and Tasmania. It makes the effort of posting this stuff worth while, thank you to all my viewers.

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Lynn is away in Sydney at the moment, and today is going to be very hot, for Tasmania, so I planned a short ride up to the Cradle Forest Inn, to make sure the scones were still up to the required standard, they were.

On the way back to the van, I ran my helmet cam so you can enjoy the ride as well. There were lots of bikes buzzing around, and the usual tourists. Towards the end of the video, the last white car that I passed, was slowing down to 5 Kph in the bends, and had trapped the other 3 cars behind it. I can't believe that idiots like this can get a drivers license.

Well, the outside temperature is now up to +34C, and I'm sitting in my van enjoying my recently repaired aircon.

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I was up well before the sparrow farted this morning, and off on the bike, in the dark, down to Devonport, to meet the FJR guys off the ferry from the big Island. Six FJR's appeared from the bowls of the Spirit of Tasmania, and the first order of business was breakfast in the Dockside Cafe.

That done, we set off, and within minutes, we had the first oops, when a couple failed to negotiate a U-turn after our leader took a wrong turn. Fortunately, there were no injuries, and only a few scratches on the bike. From Devonport, we proceeded up my favorite race track to Deloraine, where we stopped at the "Diner" for more coffees.

Then we set off up the Western Tiers, passed the Great Lake, to the Great Lake Hotel, where I said farewell to the group, and returned to my van in Gowrie Park. On the way back down the Western Tiers, I ran my helmet cam so you can see part of what we enjoyed.

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It's that time of year again, Sheffield, Tasmania, is buzzing with activities, one of which is the annual Steamfest. I went along and met my old friends, Anne and Richard, who were seeing it for the first time.

We had a wonderful day wandering around viewing the activities, machines, animals, and sampling the food and alcoholic beverages. Here are a number of photos and short video clips of some of the action. We couldn't help thinking what a modern Health and Safety inspector would do if he saw some of these machines being worked, probably have a bowel movement in his pants.

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It was a big day today. We woke to a beautiful morning, so we decided to shoot through to Cradle Mountain. Lynn had previously seen some T-shirts in the visitor center that she wanted, but when we got there, a huge crowd prevented her from getting served, so we gave that a miss. We also found out that they are now preventing any private vehicles from driving up to Dove Lake between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM. You have to take a bus.

So, we decided to carry on to Waratah and visit a new cafe which has opened there. It's called "The Mushroom", and very nice it is too. From there, we decided to give our friends in Sisters Beach a call to see if they were available for a visit, they were, so we dropped down to the coast and spent a pleasant few hours with them.

Then we were faced with the long ride home. We followed the main coast road as far as Burnie, but the traffic was driving me mad, so I diverted up into the hills and the unbelievably wiggly back roads. After some 5000 gear changes, we arrived safely back at the van just before sunset.

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Another lovely day, so we took a run to the "Earthwater" cafe for coffee and cake. Then we circled round to Sheffield to fuel the bike, and ran into the National Veteran Motorcycle Rally riders at the railway station in Sheffield, the same place where the Steamfest is held.

There certainly were some interesting bikes there, some of makes were completely unknown to me, and some equally ancient old farts riding them. But it was too hot wandering around in our riding gear, so we took a few photos and retreated back to the van.

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Sunday's adventure was to visit yet another car show in Devonport, Tasmania, where we met some friends from South Africa, and spent a pleasant few hours viewing the cars, eating tucker, and even drinking a few too many alcoholic beverages. Lynn had to drive me home afterwards, I was probably over the limit.

Here are a few photos from over 650 exhibits, including a few motorcycles. A most impressive display for such a small town.

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Had to look this one up.

Tucker=aboriginal food. Is it actual aboriginal food you are eating? Or does tucker also mean something else?

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Had to look this one up.

Tucker=aboriginal food.
Hope it wasn't leftovers.

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Had to look this one up.

Tucker=aboriginal food. Is it actual aboriginal food you are eating? Or does tucker also mean something else?
Yes, tucker is an Aboriginal word for food, but most Aussies use it as a slang word for any type of food.

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