St Marys to Bicheno
46km, 530m elevation

I started my second day of cycling around Tasmania with pancakes! Mount Elephant Pancakes is a locally famous country restaurant at the top of Elephant Pass that serves up piles of sweet and savoury crepes to hungry visitors every morning. I went with the “Banberry” option – bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries with a generous dollop of cream and ice cream! What a way to start the day. Oh, the restaurant is for sale – for just $1.4 million, you could be the proud owner.

This is part of a month-long cycle tour around Tasmania. If you missed the start of this journey, here’s how it all got started.

Mount Elephant Pancakes
Mount Elephant Pancakes
Farmland in the Tasmanian hills
Farmland in the Tasmanian hills

From Elephant Pass I zoomed down the same shady, winding road that I grunted up yesterday afternoon. Just about the only other people on the road were motorcyclists and I can see why it’s so popular with them. Taking the tight curves at full speed is a blast!

Get ready for the big descent!
Get ready for the big descent!

I made it to the bottom of the big hill without crashing and rejoined the coastal road. More beautiful views of the sea with some farmland and vineyards took me all the way into Bicheno, a little town with lots of kids laughing and playing at the beach while their parents soak up the sun.

Open road
Open road
Cyclist friendly *and* free wifi!
Cyclist friendly *and* free wifi!
Bicheno - my destination - in the distance
Bicheno – my destination – in the distance

We went for a nice walk along a trail that follows the shore over boulders out to the “blowhole”. The sea must have been a little too calm as only little spouts of water were coming out each time a wave crashed in. I’d love to see it on a stormy day.

Red lichen makes the sea-side boulders almost glow
Red lichen makes the sea-side boulders almost glow

My second day of cycling Tasmania was great. I’m doing short distances and going at a relaxing pace, soaking up the scenery. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

Map of Day 1+2  cycling in Tasmania
Map of Day 1+2 cycling in Tasmania

Up next, I cycle and hike to the stunning Wineglass Bay on Day 3 of my Tasmania Cycle Tour.

If you’re planning your own cycling trip in Tasmania, you can see today’s track and download the gpx from strava.

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2 thoughts on “Cycling Tasmania – Day 2

  1. I’m so envious! Starting the day with pancakes, cycling around Tassie and soaking up the sights – sounds right up my alley. Really enjoying your cycle trip Justin, look forward to more.

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