Day 297, Wednesday, 20 January, 2010

Distance travelled – 62.4 km
Avg speed – 16.5 kph
Max speed – 45.8 kph

Wynyard to Stanley

Another windy morning but not as strong as yesterday and we felt comfortable getting back on the road to Stanley. But the weaker winds came with showers that had us in raincoats after 5km and then most of the way to Stanley. The showers also delivered cooler temperatures

The Bass Highway between Wynyard and Stanley temporarily leaves the coast for 30km and climbs nearly 200 metres through the hills around Sisters Creek where road works are being carried out to realign and widen the highway. At one section of road works controlled with a speed limit of 40kph we took a short rest and watched in amazement as a 'P plater' drove past ‘texting’ oblivious to the semi trailer speeding up behind her. Until then we thought ‘texting’ whilst driving was a myth as we were unable to comprehend how you can actually perform such a task. We were glad to have this young driver in front of us rather than behind us.

The road works finish as the road returns to the coast near Detention Creek. It was still raining as we pulled up in front of the general store and one of the road workers remarked, “Welcome to Tasmania’s weather”. Taking advantage of the warmth inside the store we stopped for a coffee and one of the best pies we have had to date – chicken and camembert cheese. We will be stopping for seconds on our return from Stanley.

Outside we watched a young german shepherd greeting everyone who turned up. As well as his friendly demeanor we were struck by how similar in appearance he was to Amos. I wondered if he was related and went out to take a photo and see if I could check his ears for tattoos but found to my amusement that he was camera shy. Each time I lifted the camera he would hide and peep from behind a car or the corner of the building. When I put the camera back in the bag he was back near my feet.

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Enjoying chicken and camembert cheese pie at Detention Creek

A camera shy german shepherd

Looking at Stanley and 'The Nut' from Trethewies Lookout

Church Street, Stanley


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