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Bernie, enjoying your reports but in furtherance of my edumacation, could you expand on what oompa galoompa is........ I couldn't find any good info....... thanks.
Post #88 on page nine, I asked the same thing .

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post #512 of 1086 (permalink) Old 09-01-2016, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Oompa Galoompa food is those lovely cakes, sticky buns, pies, and cappuccino coffee that you find in roadside cafe's, which make your doctor grimace and say "tut tut tut", that stuff will kill you.

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A cool but sunny day today, with no wind, so we jumped on the bike and took a ride out to Tarraleah where there is a large hydro electric power station in a deep gorge. The road is one of the gems of Tasmania, in that it is in good condition, and winds continually through spectacular scenery, and climbs over 2000 feet. The only cafe in Tarraleah was closed however, so we had to return to Hamilton before we found a decent supplier of oompa galoompa food. Looking at the speed graph of a ride is always a bit of a disappointment. When you're on the bike, it feels like you are going like h'ell, but the GPS reveals the sad truth.

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We moved the van from New Norfolk to Cygnet yesterday, and chose to do it on a Sunday morning because the route goes straight through the middle of Hobart and I wanted to avoid the heavy traffic. There are also a couple of gut busting climbs leaving Hobart, but the mighty Ford handled them OK. Went into Huonville this morning to do some shopping, and on the way we looked for and found the Fat Pig Farm, near Glazier Bay, which features on the TV series, Gourmet Farmer.

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Today's mission was a journey to the end of the World, well, as far South as you can drive in Tasmania or Australia. The day started frosty cold, but soon turned into a lovely sunny day. We first drove to Hastings Caves, but they wanted $25 each to go in, so we declined that offer and carried on to the End of the World at Cockle Creek, 43.5 degrees South. The last 33 Km were over rough, muddy, dirt roads, and there was a freezing cold wind down there, so we didn't stay long. The journey back included a coffee and pie stop at Port Huon.

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We haven't had the bike out for over a week, because we needed 4 wheel drive for all our trips out of Cygnet so far, so, today I got the bike out and we took a short blast up to Margate to see the Margate Train, at Lynn's request. The road is an absolute delight, without a flat or straight bit anywhere, and lots of breathtaking views. I was having too much fun to stop and take pictures, so you will have to put up with pics of me scoffing scones as usual.

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I am not a religious man at all, but one thing that has caught my eye in Tasmania, is the number of small churches scattered around. There are hundreds of them, in the most unlikely places. I often find them all alone, in the middle of nowhere, or you might find a tiny village of half a dozen houses with 3 churches in it of different denominations. I often think of what an impost it must have been on the early settlers to be brow beaten into building these churches, when they were struggling to start a new life in the wilderness with nothing. A lot of them were ex convicts who had just been released from the dreadful British prisons. Here is a small sample of the little churches.

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Took a short ride to Grandvewe Cheeses, a farm where they make cheese from sheep's milk, and Vodka and Gin from the whey. Quite a nice place, but the prices were, as usual for this type of place, beyond astonishing. The views however, were beautiful and quite free. Enjoy.

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Our mission over the last 2 days, was to go and see the Pelverata Falls, which are in the Snug Tiers Range just North of Cygnet. We failed on both days. On the first day, we drove to the start of a walk track which claimed to be a 3 hour return trip, maybe for an SAS soldier, but not for us. They failed to mention that it is 6 Km one way, uphill on a rough forest track. We made about 5 Km and gave up.

The next day, we found a map which showed a 4X4 track going to the top of the falls from Margate, so we decided to give that a go. Well, it was the roughest track I have ever driven. All up, we went about 30 Km in low range, 1st and 2nd gear only. The mighty Ford really impressed me, but finally, the rocks were too big, there wasn't enough clearance to get over them, and I turned around. It turns out we were only 250 Meters from the falls, but I didn't know that at the time.

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You're living the dream, Bernie.
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