Tour de Ten Lives: Stage 6

Thursday, 3rd September

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6pm Start: My Ride > Shot Tower > Ferntree > Neika by Strickland Ave > Home (47.75kms)

No. of Cats surrendered from suburbs on route: 332
No. of Cats adopted to suburbs on route: 414

Stage 6 dips its toe in the Mount Wellington reserve.
It starts at Osborne Street, across Sandy Bay Road from My Ride, down Quayle Street right onto Marieville Esplanade and the left onto Sandy Bay Road. Follow Sandy Bay Road and the Channel Highway down through Taroona past the Shot Tower for a further 650 metres and at the first hair pin bend do a u-turn and head back toward the city along Sandy Bay Road.
Turn left off York Street, right on Grosvenor Street, and left onto Lord Street, cross Regent Street, turn right on Parliament Street, left on Randell Street past the Princes Street Primary School and then left up Princess Street. Go through the roundabout to Lynton Avenue, under the Southern outlet, left up Waterworks Road, turn right down Romilly Street, a careful right onto Huon Road and then left down D’Arcy Street, and another left up Cascade Road/Strickland Avenue. Continue up the hill on Strickland Avenue for about 5 kms until you reach Huon Road. Turn right onto Huon Road and continue past the Mount Wellington turn off, the Ferntree pub, and on for another 5 kms to Neika. At the bend at the car park at the top of the hill (just near Morphetts Road), do a u-turn and return past Ferntree, and go down Huon Road back to the roundabout at Lynton Avenue/D’Arcy Street, turn right down Lynton Avenue, then left down King Street, left on Sandy Bay Road and home to My Ride.

DID YOU KNOW: The historic Shot Tower at Taroona was designed and built by Joseph Moir in 1870 in only eight months. One of only three remaining shot towers in Australia, it is incorrectly alleged to be the tallest remaining shot tower in the world and the tallest ever built in the Southern Hemisphere, which is disputed by the Clifton Hill Shot Tower. It is however the sole claimant for the tallest stone shot tower in the Southern Hemisphere and first shot tower in the Southern Hemisphere. For four years it was the tallest building in Australia, and for one hundred years the tallest in Tasmania until it was superseded by the Mount Wellington broadcast tower. (Wikipedia)

Stage 6 Gallery

David’s Day 6 debrief: Stage 6 – My Ride, Shot Tower, back into town and then up the mountain past Fern Tree to Neika and home (47.75kms).
Two words – I’m shattered. The stage started with showers, wet roads and wind. It was so bad that Flaky bailed out at the start. However, 6 brave (or ill advised) riders set off on Councillors Bill Harvey’s 2nd stage. Another rider Simon started a bit earlier (wise move). It was wet all the way to the Shot Tower, but after turning around we hit a massive head wind. I fell off the back, which turned it into a long ride. After getting into town we started the long hard hill up Strickland Avenue to Ferntree and beyond. There was lots of 2nd doubts about turning around, but the tour needs to be finished. It was dark, cold & wet, and that was the good parts. Fortunately, no animals on the road, and the cars were being really good.
This was followed by a very careful descent on the wet dark roads. No crashes!
As a piece of magic, we finished at the Syntax Hotel, and Noel (Ten Lives Centre Manager) had a pizza waiting for us. Big thanks to all the riders, Bill for the sponsorship and everyone else for getting us through this Stage.
Injury report – bit of cramp in the right calf, totally shattered, but otherwise ok.
Taste of the tour was the big Cadbury hot chocolate I had when I got home. Alley Cat, in the dark cold night, was the cat of the stage.
Looking forward to day light for Stage 8, but we have to first knock off Stage 7 Friday night.