Wednesday, 20 April 2016
We said goodbye to Narawntapu National Park and travelled east towards Scottsdale. We only had a couple of walks left to do, so today was the day we'd be able to fit in some riding as well as a walk. It was good that Ms GoogleMaps was back at work as she helped me get smoothly through Launceston with just a quick stop for some more petrol and ice. The very welcoming lady at the Scottsdale information centre gave us information about where to park for the Rail Trail as well as grave predictions for our well being should we decide to visit Ralphs Falls. 'If you drive slowly, you *might* be ok' she told me. Actually I knew about the Ralphs Falls road - we had taken it 18 months ago, and survived (just) only to find the walking trail itself was closed. Back then the road was in terrible shape - it also climbed precariously up the side of a steep valley so it was just like one of those 'scariest roads ever' tv shows. I was mentally prepared for the ordeal but I was delighted to find that the council had done a lot of work to it since last time - it was still narrow and precarious, but at least free of deep ditches, huge potholes and dodgy looking edges dropping off the side of the hill. Yay! To top it off the walking trail was open this time too - clearly with a lot of work done to it as well - and it was a really lovely circuit with really varied vegetation and great views - well worth the dirt road and pre-drive nerves..