Tudor Court Motel
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... retreat organized, we set off for Tullamarine for a 6.35pm flight.
Everything went amazingly smoothly. Check in efficient; customs a breeze; and for possibly the first time in history I wasn't randomly searched and screened by security. We settled in for a pre flight beer, reminiscing about last year and enthusing about the trip to come! Theres so much to come.
Our Virgin Australia flight was delayed, but otherwise pretty decent. ...
... about; whale watching today was the intent. After a roundtrip of 5hrs it was too windy for the boats to go out... But ended up going on a much longer than anticipated walk. Beautiful country with marvellous scenery. I can virtually feel the lava bubbling as it cools down and becomes rock. A geological paradise, prepare for pics of rocks in future ...
Well, here we are.
After a long time coming, I'm finally leaving.
There's a mix of anticipation, excitement and fear that I'm going to lose my belongings. Luckily I got a lovely send off, which is definitely calming the nerves somewhat. Jack managed not to ingest nuts and go to hospital, Dad didn't even cry a little bit and I only set off one alarm at the airport.
That said, I did set off ...
We were waiting in reception for our car to arrive. There was another couple waiting as well.
This gorgeous sleek machine pulled up outside and the driver came in but didn't call our name. The other couple went out with him as another driver arrived ... Ours. We went outside and found the first couple getting into a battered taxi behind the sleek machine...yup you guessed...the sleek machine was ours!
We had a lovely chat with Ric our driver, ...
... is just one road between south and north; highway nr. 1! The only
other option is the west-coast road, parallel but difficult and a huge detour! And
in between? Nothing! This vast, mountainous island is very empty. Stop and fill
up when you see a petrol station. The next one is still far away. Villages or
settlements are few and far between, bit lots of sheep grazing in the hills. After
following the ocean for over 60 km (many more ...