Into the Gap

Trip Start Oct 16, 2009
Trip End Feb 25, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What a glorious day. The weather was perfect (sunny, gentle sea breeze, 18-20c) and the view out of the window at every moment after the first hour was beautiful. 

If you reading that and thinking you have seen it before then you would be correct.  Today pretty much ran to the same plan as yesterday as I continued along the GOR as far as Peterborough and saw some simply stunning coastal scenery. 

The first stop of the day was Cape Otway which was a huge disappointment. You have to pay the best part of a tenner to get in and then find that half of it is closed.  Unless you have time to kill I would not bother with the diversion.  On the way down to the cape I nearly had a major RTA.  It seems that the lovely little Koalas like to hang out in the trees on Cape Otway.  Unfortunately this means every spanner-tourist on the GOR has to stop and disturb them and as I came around a nice bendy bend three cars were stopped in the road and people where stood in the middle talking pictures of a tree.  Funkwits.  The same happened on the way back – I did catch a glimpse of the put upon Koala whose face said "I was sleeping you tossers – did you have to wake me up with your sodding flash cameras?"

After that it was a sequence of amazing views – I will let the pictures speak for themselves – and the only issue that I had from there was trying to get a spot to the take the pictures.  Some people – and I hate to admit this but 99% of them seem to be British – think that once they have the front of the rail they can stay there as long as they like.  People with a semblance of understanding of the concept of fair play would get to the front, take a deep breath, look at the view and then knock off a few pictures and get the hell out of the way.  Not the British – some sort of colonial fever overtakes them and they set up camp like they own the place.  Wankers.  I find myself more and more aping the accent and inflexions of aussies and kiwis so that the rest of the tourist crew wont place me with these numptys. 

How ya going?!

After one last stop at the Bay of Martyrs I switched on the Sat Nav and headed through some narrow C roads up to Halls Gap in the Grampians.  I had a close call with call with a road train on one of the C roads where the tarmac was not wide enough for both of us; he has a double length lorry that weighs 60-70 tonnes – I have the OW, AKA a sardine can so guess who steered violently onto the shoulder.  Pharrrrrpppppp!

What I watched: The usual Tuesday night TV with one hilarious diversion.  One of the channel's very earnest current affairs slot had an item on the threat of electro-magnetic radiation – seriously – I was expecting a follow up slot about people who ate lead based paints as a child.  The had a guy with a meter who they acknowledged was an interested amateur (what most of us would know as a crackpot) going around a house while a slightly hysterical woman kept saying “it’s off the richter scale”.  Now firstly you were measuring EM not seismic activity and secondly the scale does not an upper limit.  Funk I hate pseudo science TV.  Anyhoo the upshot of all of this bunkum was don’t turn on any of your electrically powered machines – if you do don’t get close enough to use them.  Wise words mate.

What I listened to: The collected works of the Foo Fighters.  Not really a success story as in reality most of their stuff is rather derivative of itself – i.e. it all sounds the same!  Only “The Colour and the Shape” and “There is nothing left to Lose” are really worth the time needed to listen to them.
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