I’m the guinea-pig, apparently. I’m certainly not the first to ride a bike along Tasmania’s East Coast, but I am the pioneer on Tasmanian Expeditions’ self-guided version of the adventure.
All up it will be six days in the saddle, with a little time off to rest the rear end by doing some hiking in the national parks.
Tasmania is not yet well-developed as a cycling destination. That day may be coming, eventually. That the island has more than its fair share of spectacular scenery is a given.
The drawback, at least for a nervous rider like me, is that the roads are not yet all as cycle-friendly as they could be. I’d hesitate to embark on this ride alone, but I’m reassured when reputable local travel company plots out the route, books my accommodation and provides me with a sturdy bike. This will probably be ok.
So far, so good.
The wind has been disconcertingly strong and gusty, causing me some nervous moments, trying to keep the bike steady with motor traffic approaching. Most drivers have been considerate, though, giving me plenty of room.
Fortunately the weather forecast is for moderating conditions. More soon…
The writer was the guest of Tourism Tasmania and Tasmanian Expeditions.