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Hobart to Devonport

Day 1 - Saturday 11 May 2013

We arrived at the caravan park at about 10:45 am and carried out some final checks before we left - checked the tyre pressures and pumped them up to their travelling pressures, pumped up the Navara's airbags to the towing pressure of 45 psi, and checked all the wheel nuts with the torque wrench.

At 11:45 am we were finally on our way. We stopped for lunch at the Ross Bakery - Di had a Cornish pasty and David had a peppered steak pie - delicious as usual. While we were having lunch a small Asian wedding party were wandering about taking photos outside the Bakery. The Bakery and its Inn are a popular destination for Japanese and Asian tourists because of a perceived association with a Japanese cult movie "Kiki's Delivery Service" that is believed to have been made at the Ross Bakery Inn. The myth is now self perpetuating with many Japanese and Asian tourists making the pilgrimage to Ross.

Lunch stop at Ross

Lunch stop at Ross

The Ross Bakery

The Ross Bakery

We stopped again for fuel at Perth and shock horror we had to pay 156.9 cpl, we have been used paying 143.9 cpl after our 8 cpl Woollies discount.

We arrived at Devonport at about 4:30 pm and parked on the Esplanade near the mouth of the Mersey River. After having a bite to eat we moved off at 5:30 pm to join the check-in queue and await loading of the ferry. While waiting in the car-park for loading to commence David went for a walk and bumped into Kevin Coates - we last saw Kevin and Maris on the ferry when we came home last year. They are on their way to Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast for the winter and have a couple of children living on the nearby Gold Coast.

Waiting to go and join the check-in queue

Waiting to go and join the check-in queue

Parked on the Esplanade at East Devonport

Parked on the Esplanade at East Devonport

The Mersey River at dusk

The Mersey River at dusk

We were eventually loaded with another 5th wheeler on garage deck 3 - the main truck deck - and were the next to last vehicle loaded. By the time we got to our cabin the Ferry was on its way, about 15 minutes early.

Posted by TwoAces 17:29

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