Day 34: Rain, rest, blogging, short & mid-term planning, Montezuma falls & fireworks (26 km)

Today I had planned a side-trip to Montezuma Falls, Tasmania’s tallest waterfalls, before eventually continuing my way North towards Tullah. The weather, however, was very unstable, alternating permanently between heavy showers and bright sun. I decided to wait for a “good weather window” and used my morning to update the blog, plan my journey on the Overland Track and on a longer term, in New Zealand. It is fairly difficult to share my free time between these 3 “objectives”. Writing this blog takes a lot of time and sadly, keeping the day by day format is not sustainable. Once in New Zealand, I will quit this format and opt for a reporting per big leg of the trip, probably with one post every 3-4 days. I was important to plan my Overland Track journey in Rosebery because it was the last town where I could buy food for the hike. After completing my food inventory and studying the map, I concluded that I needed food for 2 evenings and 7 lunches. While doing all this stuff I got to know Takahiro, a young Japanese who had spent the night at the same camping. It was a good occasion to make a cultural exchange between Belgium and Japan. The exchange extended to food and drink, but not in the way you might expect: I offered him a Japanese Miso soup, and he offered me a beer “brewed in Belgium” 😃.In the afternoon I finally felt a good moment to make my 3 hours excursion to Montezuma falls. After a 9km-long climb on asphalt, I reached the start of the track, which is in fact the old tramway line to transport the ore from the Mt Read mines to the smelters in Zeehan.

The track to Montezuma Falls follows an old tramway line. At some place the old tramway sleepers (les traverses) are still visible

The ride was really enjoyable and I had the chance to admire the falls in sunny conditions (perfect to take good photos!). 

Montezuma Falls, Tasmania’s tallest waterfalls (104 metres)

I was back at my tent for not even five minutes that it began to rain heavily again. Perfect timing! Either it was pure luck, either I have developed a deep understanding of the fast-changing Tasmanian weather 😜.

In the evening, Takahiro and I went to the “town center” and had a look at Rosebery’s mine. This mine is still active, thanks to the fact that it is a polymetallic base metal mine: because it produces at the same time gold ore and zinc, lead and copper concentrate, this mine manage to be profitable and is less affected by the stock fluctuation of one or another metal.

Rosebery’s mine (mining activities happen underground)

To conclude the evening, we enjoyed a surprisingly long and beautiful fireworks that were shot on the occasion of the town’s festival.

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5 thoughts on “Day 34: Rain, rest, blogging, short & mid-term planning, Montezuma falls & fireworks (26 km)

  1. C’était vraiment ta journée de chances: une rencontre sympa, le temps parfait quand il fallait et la clôture avec le feu d’artifice!
    Bonne idée de changer ton format de blog, je crois savoir que tu es déjà sous d’autres cieux et c’est chouette d’avoir les nouvelles presque en live.
    mais on reconnaît bien le perfectionniste qui veut faire un super reportage: avec belles photos, information détaillée sur la région visitée, rencontres et expériences personnelles du bloggeurs: équilibre difficile à trouver.
    merci de prendre tout ce temps pour partager cela avec nous en tout cas

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  2. Bernard Congratulations on your stunning photos of the Overland Track, and your great descriptions, we need to hire you for Tasmanian tourism Cheers Cath Shannon Septuagenarian

    On Fri, 10 Mar 2017 at 9:08 am, Biking Oceania: a 5,5 month solo adventure through Tasmania and New-Zealand wrote:

    > campionbernard posted: “Today I had planned a side-trip to Montezuma > Falls, Tasmania’s tallest waterfalls, before eventually continuing my way > North towards Tullah. The weather, however, was very unstable, alternating > permanently between heavy showers and bright sun. I decided t” >

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    1. Thank you Catherine! Haha, where do I sign the contract? 😀
      When the Tasmanian part of the blog will be finished, I was planning to send the link to Tasmanian Tourism institution, if it helps to promote bike touring in the island I will be really happy!

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  3. Une biere belge contre une soupe de mieso… On dirait qu’ en plus du velo, de l ecriture et de la photogroaphie, tu es aussi doué pour le commerce hahaha Tu as pris la photo du feu d artífice avec ton iPhone??

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    1. C’était plus proche d’une carapils que d’une Rochefort 8, donc je sais pas si j’ai vraiment fait une affaire 😉
      La photo est prise avec mon téléphone oui, et c’est une des rares photos correctes que j’ai sur les 30 du feu d’artifice! Tu as vu la collection de minéraux?

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