When the Tassie Link bus rolled to a halt at Gretna, I was surprised it was only a small one designed to carry approximately 20 people. I later learnt that if there are minimal bookings the small bus is used but with more bookings a standard larger bus is put into service. This is the main bus line that links the historic west coast to Hobart via Lake St Clair. Previously, I had been surprised that the service only runs four days a week, making the development of travel plans more challenging for tourists and locals alike. Obviously most people drive.
As the driver got out to collect my fare, the side door was swung open by a happy guy and everyone on the bus called out a friendly “Hi” followed by the command, “Give us y’ pack”. My pack joined a high pile at the back of the bus and once I sat, the happy chat began and lasted through to Hobart. Everyone was on holiday from different part of mainland Australia and they had all just finished walking the Overland Track from the famed Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. Similarly to me they had been at the Derwent Bridge pub for a few hours waiting for the bus to arrive. So we were all very merry regaling each other with the stories of our walks. It was the perfect ending to a brilliant two days of discovery.
When I walked in through my front door at 11pm, a warm glow spread across my face. I was home!