I had been planning a longish ride on my new Super Tenere for some time, but the weather went bad and I kept putting it off. Then, I saw a big high pressure weather cell coming across the Great Australian Bight, and this normally means good weather, so we committed to a ride and booked a hotel room at the Derwent Bridge Hotel.
But winter is upon us, and on the appointed morning, we woke to snow on the Western Tiers, and the weather forecast promised more on the following day. As our route was across the Tiers, I chickened out and decided to go in the mighty Ford. Good choice, there was snow and black ice all the way to the Great Lakes Hotel, and from there to Bronte Park was dirt road which was wet, muddy, and partly frozen. Four wheel drive, off road tires, and cabin heater was most welcome.
We arrived at the Derwent Bridge Hotel a bit early, so we went up to the Lake St Clair visitor center, closed, and the posh Pump House Hotel, also closed, before booking in at the Derwent Bridge Hotel. This is a lovely old wooden building, but poorly designed. It has a massively high roof with no internal ceiling, so all the heat from the fire places disappears up into the rafters, and the patrons freeze down below. But the food, booze, and rooms were nice, though a bit expensive.
The next morning, the forecast snow had not eventuated, but it was certainly cold, the Ford was covered in ice. The weather was calm and clear, but the valleys were filled with mist, and the big mountain peaks were most impressive with a covering of frost and snow. We completed our planned route with plenty of stops for photos, and coffee at Tullah. The roads were wet and frosty most of the way, but the scenery was awesome.