Time flies when your having fun. I have been back at work for approx 6 weeks. Our new Iveco has taken up all my spare time, adding a few modifications and upgrading some of the wiring.
The weather has been very average, the van is packed, I have the weekend off. Will the weather be kind for a couple of days or do we call it off and wait another 3 weeks for my next weekend off. We have 2 or 3 campsites lined up. Our plan is to find one where we are not up to our ankles in water and mud.
In the driveway, ready for the first trip in our new Iveco
The Latrobe RV campsite is our preferred choice and it does not disappoint. A couple of large puddles let us know that we should chose our spot carefully, however the rest of the area is well drained and we have nothing to worry about even though there was close to 30mm of rain only two days ago.
The best part of Latrobe is the campsite is only a 100m walk to the main street and within walking distance of most that Latrobe has to offer. Some people baulk at the $10 a night cost collected by the local school, but this can be saved by not having to travel for a couple of days. There is also plenty of short day trips. The Latrobe campsite is the perfect place to spend the first night for travellers off the “Spirit” as it is only 10km away.
On Saturday, six of us piled into the Iveco, lots of room, even with 4 seats across the rear.
We checked out the new CMCA site at Railton, a nice site right next to a free camp and just up the road, another one behind the local pub. Three freedom camps within a few hundred metres, lots of choice for the town of topairy. Next stop was to check out the free camp at Sheffield, right next door to the steam railway yards.
An unexpected bonus was an old cable log loader that I used to repair back in the eighties. It was an old beast then but very effecient, it could outlift anything an excavator could. Sadly the big logs that it used to handle have long disappeared and the excavator does the job with ease now. It is funny how the women weren’t the slightest bit interested in a piece of Tasmanian logging history.
I found this at the Heritage Railway yards in Sheffield
Bringing back memories of years gone by
Major repairs outside in all the elements as it was too large to fit in the workshop. It must have been a big deal as I took my camera to work back in the late 80’s, early 90’s, from memory
It took weeks to get it to this stage, now we have to put it back together
All back together, a test run up in the log yard before going back into the bush. The log in the grab is only a baby compared to what the Skagit could actually lift
Besides the four stabilising cylinders, everything was cable operated by winch drums controlled by an air operated brake system locking up the seperate winch drums needed for each task that is now done with hydraulics in modern day excavators.
We decided to go to Tasmazia for some pancakes, just because we were in the area. We didn’t try out the maze, we could of still been looking to find our way out. Children would have a ball up here, so would the big kids, a very quirky place.
We will let them think the sign is correct
We stopped for a look along the Sheffields main street as we headed back to Latrobe. A visit to the World of Marbles and the Contraptuary is well worth a look. A gold coin donation to view an amazing collection of “contraptions”, most are hands on and can be played with. It will keep the big kids amused for a while. For anyone lucky enough to sail of the “Spirit of Tasmania”, the entertainment on Deck 9 is sometimes performed by the creator of the contraptions.
We also purchased a nice variety of fudge from Fudge’n’goodCoffee for some happy hour snacks, each piece cut into six to allow us to sample the different flavours , a little expensive but very nice.
We had plenty to do around Sheffield and we didn’t even look at any of the murals, although we have seen most on previous trips.
A counter meal on the Saturday night at Mackies Hotel topped off a great weekend.