After an early wake up call from the ships purser, we were in the vehicle deck getting ready to get off of the ferry after a pleasant night of sailing. Our first stop, just a quarter mile from the ferry terminal, was at a great local cafe where we were treated to a fully and hearty breakfast that set us all straight for the great day of riding ahead. Welcome to Tasmania!
After breakfast we rode a short detour to the town of Legerwood, known for its wooden tree carvings. The trees were planted in 1918 for those that were lost at battle during the first world war. Many years later the trees, due to their age, were deemed unsafe by the city and were to be cut down. The local community fought this and compromised with the city and had a chainsaw carver, Eddie Freeman, come in and sculpture the trees in honour of the fallen soldiers.
After lunch at a nice little cafe on a dairy farm, we made our way along the winding and twisty roads as we rode through miles and miles of eucalyptus forests. It was a short day which meant that we were in St Helens early enough in the day to visit the Bay of Fires Beach and get time to sit back and relax at the hotel before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner.
Dinner was absolutely wonderful! The restaurant, just a short walk from the hotel, is run by a young couple and he has great culinary skills! We all had a great time and are looking forward to a wonderful nights sleep after a great first day in Tasmania.