Mount Wellington is an imposing feature of Hobart’s landscape and it was a given that we would ride up on the Bromptons. In true Mount Wellington form, the weather was pleasant at the bottom, and cloudy and freezing at the top! We had carried all our winter clothing up the mountain in the T-bag for this very reason!
Our Bromptons both have 6 gears and we both spent pretty much the whole way in the lowest gear steadily churning away. The descent was not the most pleasant one, with a bumpy, pot-holed road, billions of tourists and camper vans and people standing on the road taking photos. The Bromptons handled it well though, with good braking capacity (something Jen was worried about), and a nice stable ride.
We had more coffee with the cycling group at Henry Jones (the cafe is called ‘Jam Packed’), and rode home along the bike path for a quiet afternoon.
The last couple of days have involved lots of riding around visiting people and generally having fun on our bicycle holiday! We have ridden to Kingston over ‘the Bonnet’ (Bonnet Hill) to visit a friend for breakfast, into Salamanca Place for coffee…. and up Napoleon Street…
We picked up boxes for our Bromptons to travel home in…
…and visited Marty and Juliette, who bought our old bike shop from us, ‘The Bike Shop’ in Moonah…We enjoyed the friendliness of cyclists of all persuasions who acknowledged us with a friendly wave whether they were in Lycra or wearing stubbies and appreciated the courteousness of the Tasmania traffic. The weather was perfect for cycling all day, unlike the tropics where it gets too hot.
Tomorrow we will get a lift to the airport (thank you Liza!) and head home feeling exhausted but happy after some wonderful days of cycling, eating, hanging out with friends and good Tassie fun!