A DAY CATCHING UP WITH FRIENDS
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Journey: Bridport, Georgetown, Launceston and Devonport
Mileage at Bridport 11537 kms
Weather: sunny and warm
Overnight: Girdleston Pk, Devonport $5pn
After such a fabulous day of golf yesterday, it was back on the road today, with the intention of contacting some friends at Low Head and then meeting Ulla and Mick from Dover in Devonport, before they boarded "The Spirit of Tasmania".
Out of the blue, our good friend Hazel from Brisbane telephoned and told us she had just landed at Launceston Airport and to cut a long story short, we met at Riverside for some catch up and laughs. We did not make Low Head, but arrived in Devonport in time to buy our $5 pass to park ourselves at Girdleston Park/Oval overnight; this was walking distance to the ferry terminal and we thought it would be an ideal place to stay again before we took the ferry on March 21. Good for tonight because we could enjoy some drinks without driving!!!
We met Ulla and Mick for a delicious pizza at the ferry terminal around 5pm and gave our Dover dog, Ernie a big hug and felt sad that his sister Bertha had to be euthanized last week. Ernie didn't show much interest in us and was happy to stay safely tucked into the back seat of the truck prior to boarding the ferry.
It was great to catch up with both lots of Brisbane friends today; even though we do meet a lot of people as we roam, there is nothing like spending time with old friends.
We walked back to van, happy that we had found this convenient over night rest stop.
Sadly this turned out to be a bad idea; on Friday and Saturday nights the social clubs do functions at the oval and the one this night, included very loud music and did not finish until 1am. At 5am a wild thunder and lightening storm raged around us for a short time so it was batten down the hatches and back to sleep. Oh well, we can sleep a little longer on Saturday morning, but bright and early the young athletes arrived for their track and field events, so we gave up and left!!! We will not return!
There is a lovely esplanade walking/bike track in Devonport and we powered along it (on foot) before breakfast on Saturday morning. It was a very warm day and we headed for Coles Beach for breakfast and to check this site as a $5 over night camp spot for motor homes, instead of the oval; it was lovely and faced the Bass Strait.
Actually Devonport, set on the Mersey River is quite an attractive town away from the ferry terminal.