So im currently down in hobart, having ridden down here for the first time from devonport after a long boat ride from melbourne worrying about the bike falling over in the rough waters. i got off the boat fine, and commence the 300K trip from devonport to hobart.. i cant ride those sort of distances in 1 sitting due to a knee problem, so i planned my stops before i set out and away i went. the midland highway in tassie is a particularly borning stretch of road, but it hsa some great scenery as you go, and some of the views as you get into hobart are awesome. my first couple of stops went sa planned.. perth for fuel, then to campbelltown for a pie at what used to be one of the best bakeries in tassie - but which has now joined the commercial machine and become banjo's bakery. after leavong cambell town and setting off at the 110KPH i had been trvelling the the previous hour, the wind begins to pick up.. ALOT!.. it was throwing the bike around a little, not really unnerving till about 20 minutes into the trip, the bike begins pitching around from all angles, and on a few occasions mid corner the wind blew from the inside and nearly took the bike out from underneath me. i have never bene so scarred of dying in my life, i was sure god himself had set his mind against me and was trying to end me in the most messy way he could think of.. i prayed.. hard.. and the only thing i could do was back off the throttle, change down a gear or 2, and hold on for dear life.. i got off for fuel again just outside of hobart, fuelled up, had a smoke, and was a little worried about getting back on.. being it was my only form of transport, i had to suck it up and keep going. in the end, after a long slow trip i made it into my friends place where im staying... and with a kiss of the bike for staing rubber side down, and a quick thanks to the man upstairs for not throwing me right off.. i have since spent the last few nights here drinking with friends and catching up to people.. hence not really putting many k's on the bike just yet. one thing i have been informed since my arrival is that learner riders here in tassie are restricted to 80KPH speed limits.. WTF mate?? thats gunna annoy me.. ALOT as i spend a fair amount of time travelling highways to get to my intended destinations around the south of the state.. it also pretty much hasnt stopped raining since i arroved either.. anywayz, thats my story so far..i think when i head home i might go up th east coast to triabunna and head back along the ducati highway to avoid the winds and get a bit of a change of scenery.. we'll see.. with an 80KPH speed limit its gunna be a hell of a long ride back to the boat.