Forecast for today was mainly sunny with a temperature of 22 degrees.
Once again we are going to Port Arthur for the March long weekend and have booked to stay the following week. This will be the 4th year that we have booked our site for the following year and have been on site 25 each year. As is usual the caravan park is fully booked with all of their cabins booked out as well. We were all packed up and ready to roll at about 11:30 am, when we realised that bumper to bumper traffic was coming down the Richmond Road. Enquiries revealed a serious accident - a truck and three cars - had blocked the road near Sorell. Enquiries of the Police call centre 131 444 revealed that the road would be closed for some time and all traffic was being diverted via Richmond. This was not so bad and only added 12 kms to our relatively short trip.
We stopped at Dunalley for some lunch by the side of the Canal and watched a couple of cruisers pass through the canal on their way to the East Coast. Traffic was generally fairly light and we arrived at Port Arthur without incident. It was interesting to note that almost all of the trees burnt during last years bush fires in the vicinity od Dunalley had sprouted new growth.
Stopped by the Dunalley Canal for lunch - rubber duck on the roof rack
Dunalley Canal swing bridge open for a couple of cruisers
Grand Banks cruiser passing through the Dunalley Canal
Dunalley Canal looking East
After setting up on our site we unpacked the rubber duck (a 10 foot Zodiac Inflatable) and inflated it with the foot pump. When packed up in its carry bag it is about 4 feet by 7 feet and fairly easy to manage on the roof rack when the van is attached. When it is inflated it is 10 feet by 5 feet , and while easy enough to carry on the roof rack it is too large to carry with the van attached. Last week David had installed some retractable wheels to the transom to make it easier to drag around, even on sand.
After dinner we lit the fire and spent the evening enjoying the warmth of a good fire.
Full set up with satellite dish - Rubber duck still in its carry bag
Site 25 - set up with the fire lit