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Goodby Tassie

Jeff's account of George Town to Devonport and the Ferry

It is now 28 October and the last day of our stay in Tasmania, an island which is extremely nice and is looking for skilled immigrants. If you know of anyone who wants to emigrate to Australia, recommend that they consider Tasmania as one of their options. It's surprising how many of the locals had moved from mainland Australia to live in Tasmania - and would not go back.

We called at George Town for provisions and were surprised to find streets blocked off from vehicles and a lot of fit young men riding around on bikes looking most professional. Definitely Sylvia's day. On further investigation we learned it was the Tattersall's round Tasmania bike rally, ninth stage of 11. This consisted of 30 laps round a town road circuit of 1.3 kilometres with time trial points on even laps from 6 to 26. The main sponsor was JAYCO, the makers of our lovely campervan. We considered putting on our Jayco hats and claiming I was the son of the owner but decided just to stand by the start/finish line and dutifully cheer every time the race commentators, (it was going out on the radio), mentioned the sponsors name, Jayco.

An Englishman from Manchester, Chris House, kept his yellow jersey and increased his lead. There was insufficient time to wait for the afternoon start of the road race, 10th stage of the rally so we set off for a leisurely ride to Devonport, stopping for lunch at another picturesque spot. It's a bit of prating about manoeuvring the van so that our dining room window is facing the best view, but it's worth it.

Getting onto the boat was no problem, I was a wiz at opening the bonnet when asked this time and handed over the spare gas cylinder which we bought for our outdoor heater and portable barbeque. A gin and tonic each and ready for the sail across the ocean.

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