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Devonport to Hobart

Thursday 17 September 2015

As usual we got a wake-up call at 5:45 am, with the call to go to vehicle decks 3 and 5 at 6:25 am. We were about 3rd off the ferry and were waved through a secondary quarantine check without having to stop. Traffic at that time of the morning was very light and without incident until we got to the Illawarra Road turnoff from the Bass Highway. A semi-trailer had rolled onto its side just before we arrived no doubt as a result of not slowing to the recommended exit speed of 45 kph. The Police were already in attendance so there was no reason for us to stop.

At Perth we made our first stop for fuel - Welcome back to Tasmania! - diesel at $1.419, up there with outback NSW and QLD. By way of comparison diesel in Melbourne is $1.239 - a difference of 18 cents per litre. Our next stop was Campbelltown for papers and breakfast at Zeps Café. While we were stopped a wide load came through the town with a Police escort. When they use a Police escort Wide Load means just that.

We turned off the Midlands highway at the Mud Walls Road and headed for Cambridge via Colebrook and Richmond, arriving home at about 11:00 am. It took about three hours to unload our food and clothing from the Van before returning the caravan o storage yard the Barilla Caravan Park at Cambridge. The storage yard has now been upgraded and formalised in our absence with allocated storage sites marked out for the regulars.

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Wide load at Campbelltown.

Posted by TwoAces 18:01

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