After 3 great weeks of touring around Tasmania, I'm back home. Some of the highlights of the trip were the number of great people I met touring. This includes the other cyclists I met. Tasmania is certainly on the cycling touring map. After spending three weeks cycling around I can certainly understand why. Beautiful scenery, some great camping spots, tons of native wildlife and very friendly locals.
I was very fortunate to have good weather for most of the trip. Especially as Sydney was not having great weather whilst I was away. But since being back in Sydney the weather hasn't been too bad. I was also pleased with the number of beautiful walks I was able to do. Certainly the most so far of any tour to date I have done.
For this trip the bike had a few changes. Firstly I changed out the handlebars to a trekking type. As on the last trip I ended up having to see a chiropractor due to a problem with my neck. I was very pleased with the new setup. It gave me a more upright position and also additional hand positions.
I also wanted to use my iPhone more as a GPS device to record my trip. To help me do this I needed to be able to keep my phone charged whilst riding. So I installed a hub dynamo on the front wheel and used this with the pedalpower+. I found this enabled my phone to remain at 100% charge at the end of each day. The only times the pedalpower+ was not able to keep the charge up was when I was climbing a lot in one day e.g. to Cradle Mountain. But the pedalpower+ never ran out of juice for my whole trip.
I will certainly come back to Tasmania, as there is plenty I have still not seen or done. But for my next trip I am planning a ride from Perth to Adelaide later on this year. This trip will certainly be my biggest, both in distance and time on the road, so I am in the process of planning over the next few months.