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Sunday, April 18, 2004
South Coast Track - Day 3 - back to Cockle Creek, then Hobart
Got going early today, back the way we'd come. The rivulet was much higher than on Friday, which was a little bit of a problem as we'd crossed it to get to the camp site. Re-crossing it, it was now thigh deep in places, with quicksand on the bottom, instead of shin deep as it had been on Friday.
The trek out went smoothly and quickly. The weather was overcast and grey. It sprinkled a few drops of rain on the way, but we made it to Cockle Creek by midday without getting wet.
After eating and drinking some beers, (I gave two to four other people who had just finished the whole south coast track) we got in the car and drove to Dover, where we had burgers, fish and chips for lunch.
We drove north for most of the afternoon, and eventually arrived at Hobart.
Jennifer was staying with her friend Tracey until her flight to the Gold Coast on Tuesday. Gaye and I dropped her off there, and went to a nearby hostel.
After showering, and relaxing for a bit, I went for a walk, and had a quick look where Jennifer was staying. Hobart is amazing – it has so many old buildings – virtually every house in the street where Jennifer was staying was a historic building of stone or old brick. Salamanca Place is amazing too, with a row of several hundred metres of early 1800's buildings – all in amazing repair.
We met up with Jennifer and went to "The Republic" hotel for a few drinks in front of the wood fire. We went and got some dinner at an indian place, then went back to the pub where there was now a band playing. We listened for a while, but left about 9:30 and went back to the hostel and bed.