Staying in Hobart Town
September 15, 2013
0km by car – heaps by bike
Clear Day, 0 to 16 degrees
Feeling at home in Hobart, want to stay a while.
Today was a massive day on the bikes and the weather was beautiful. Sunny, clear blue sky. Very little wind. Although, despite being cool, the sun is really getting to our skin. Both feeling a bit burnt and dried out.
On the bikes and down the Hobart Rivulet path from Cascade Brewery into town.
We linked up to the Hobart Cenotaph. Feels great to be in my cycle gear and wearing my cleats. It would have been nice to have my road wheels as I am riding with my 29er mountain tyres but I won’t complain. Great views up and down the Derwent.
We then followed the ‘Intercity cycleway’ that runs adjacent to the railway line all the way to Glenorchy.
It makes such sense having a cycleway next to a railway. Nice and flat sharing tunnels and bridges. Cycled by Government House and the Botanical Gardens with a brief stop at Cornelian Bay.
The cycleway then starts to go through the ‘less scenic’ part of Hobart with Industrial and run down areas. Lots of tag graffiti. And we are hanging out for a coffee! So we left the path and made our way towards the river to link up with another cycleway that goes through Montrose Park, by the water. After a long ride we finally made our way to MONA as a turn around point. (Museum of Old and New Art).
We love this place. Everything is just ... right. It’s such a creative space. Everyone seems happy. Lots of people, enjoying the sunshine, roaming around, sitting on the grass and just being at peace with the world! We had no intention of going into the gallery, as we have been before, so rather than go to the cafe inside we went to the Moorilla Wine Bar to order a well deserved coffee – but expecting to get a bit ripped off as it is a bit upmarket. Very stylish for a couple of old cyclists in their cycle gear. The best coffee! Fantastic. At Last. Latte art and everything.
The toilet even has a big pivot entry door that Chris really likes. And really nice soap to wash your hands.
Pat dreaming of what could have been???
We ordered a selection of breads to dip in olive oil for $5. A bargain. Life is good at MONA.
One of the most photographed places at MONA. This is where you can park your Porsche when you are the brains and boss of MONA.
Happy, we headed back through the Montrose waterfront with a view of Mona.
We then reconnected with the intercity cycleway with a rest stop at the Botanical Gardens.
Through the Hobart waterfront with views of the city with the harbour in the foreground and Mt Wellington in the background.
And a trip around Battery Point before riding back to our home.
Good old Arthurs Circus and Postman Pete checking the map.
Tomorrow - Great Southern Land.