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post #1071 of 1075 (permalink) Old 01-20-2020, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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We had a busy day on Sunday. Started off with our usual delicious breakfast at the Earthwater Cafe, then motored through to Railton to see a bike show. We went in the car because I don't like leaving our very expensive riding gear sitting on the bike while we wander around the show, too many sticky fingers around, even in Tasmania.

There was an impressive selection of bikes on show, including 3 immaculate Kawasaki Z900's, and a rare Suzuki 125 Stinger, a bike I can remember lusting after when I was still a school boy. I can't believe how people can keep an old bike looking so good, you could never actually ride it, so what's the point, it's for display only, and I find that sad.

Then we motored through to Deloraine to meet a fellow Rhodesian bikie from Bulawayo called Bert Furmston, who is working on a wind power generating farm up at Wadamana in the central highlands. Bert saw my posts on FB and looked me up. We met and had a delightful "whenwe" session over a meal and coffee. It was great to meet some one who can relate to your experiences.

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There was another bike show in Ulverstone this weekend, so we took a drive down with a friend from Mole Creek, to reminisce over our old bikes, and very enjoyable it was too. On the way, we managed to show the friend, who is a local, some roads and scenery that he had never seen before.

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It's been a busy weekend. On Saturday we had a morning market at the Mole Creek public hall, and an agricultural show at the village of Chudleigh, a few Km down the road. Today, we had our usual breakfast at the Earthwater Cafe, in glorious sunshine, then rode to Deloraine to see the annual car show.

Once again, there was an astonishing number of high quality, and high value, machines on display. I was only able to photograph a small percentage of them. Thankfully, it was a relatively cool day, +20C, but it was still hot work wandering around in full leathers looking at cars, I soon lost interest.

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I fitted a new pair of Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 tyres to the bike yesterday, the old pair had done 10K Km, and could have gone a bit further, but with the possibility of a complete Covid 19 lockdown looming, I decided to get the new tyres fitted ASAP. The bike shop charged me $118 to fit and balance the tyres, even though I removed and refitted the wheels myself, bastards.

So, today we naturally had to go for a ride to scrub in the new tyres. Now, I know all you Corona experts are going to jump all over me, but we are not in lockdown yet, and we took precautions to avoid any public contact. We took our own tea in a flask, and went to a very remote place. Even our local fuel station is a self service place with a credit card machine.

The ride was to the Leven Canyon, a place we have been to several times, but the ride is awesome, especially with an almost total absence of tourists, they have all been banned and sent back to the big island. The only glitch was new road works over the Gog Mountain range, we hit a couple of Kilometers of fresh, wet, tar, overlaid with heaps of loose gravel. Anyway, the new tyres are now well scrubbed in.

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Nice, Bernie! Gotta have some therapy, be safe! As I read your reports, many place names are familiar, some shared in the Commonwealth, many taken from Britain, but others unique to Taz and the Big Island. Enjoying the cultural education and the scenery!!
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