The pastures continued lush and green.
You can see a short stretch of the Derwent River in the second photo and the township of Gretna (the destination for this stage) is located on the hill above.
Massive log trucks, taking their pickings to market from our pristine wilderness forests, roared past me.
Before long the Lyell Highway, which connects Hobart to the west coast mining towns of Queenstown, Zeehan, Strahan and Rosebery, appeared in view.
I turned left towards the township of Gretna (which, I note was not listed on any of the signs in the vicinity of this intersection). A few isolated properties, of various vintages, edged the highway.
Each step took me closer to my destination for the day.
Then the Derwent River came back into view as it snaked its way beneath Gretna.
The sign indicating only 500 metres to the Gretna Green Hotel brought on the thought of a long cold drink and filled me with excitement.