The Long and winding road

Trip Start Jun 12, 2006
Trip End Jul 01, 2007

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

I've been in OZ now for 10 days and time is going so quickly and I never feel I have enough of it.
I arrive on a smoggy Wednesday afternoon, the landing particularly weird due to strong forest fires North of Melbourne that have caused a thick blanket of smog across the city.
I have been staying with James whom I met in Mexico City and his family kindly out me up for the week. So met his folks (Andrea and Phil) and his two brothers Luke and Sam, and course Billy the dog.
First night we spent having a couple of beers in the city and the next day I chilled out on chapel street, watching the bond film and people watching.
Friday day I spent frantically looking around to hire a car out for the weekend, all the major car firms were booked out, so I got a flier from a back packers for cheap cars. This led me to a store where I managed to get a battered Hyundai for the weekend.
Later that night I met Paul and straight after his 23 hour flight from London we went out drinking. We didn't get in until 5 in the morning, up again at 9 we were ready for our first Ozzy road trip.
A long journey laid ahead, the plan was to cruise along the great ocean road for the first day and up to the Grampians for the second day.
I pick up Aimee and Charlotte (who I met in New Zealand), two hours late, which they keep reminding me and headed off on a bit of a rush to see the road.
The Great Ocean Road is classed as one of the best scenic drives in the world and as soon as your past Geelong, which is a dump the road open outs onto great Ozzy beeches.
We first stopped at Bells Beech, but I think we went to far and miss the turning, after getting attacked by numerous flies we retreated back to the car and drove further up the Anglesea. A quick stop and first beech, but not the best we carried on to Lorne.
A Lorne we had out first pit stop, cup of tea, snack and chilled on the beech. This place had a great atmosphere numerous cafes and if I had more time, probably a good place to chill out for a day on the beech and stay the night.
The road then started to get interesting!!!! Winding along the coastal road Charlotte and Paul started to suffer from motion sickness, the ride was great fun for me as the driver and felt like a racing computer game...lots of fun. Along this stretch we almost run over an ecedna, a sort of prickly ant eater and apparently rare to see outside the bush.
Next stop Apollo bay for more chill time on the beech, again another great place to stop like Lorne.
Further up the coast are numerous interesting rock formations, most famous of all the 12 Apostles, large rocks sticking out the see. Here we bumped into Jim Newton, who was on our corridor at uni and we hadn't seen for 7 years...small world hey!!!!
Probably another 100km on was a stop for the night at Warnabool. We were too late in the year to watch the southern right whales that swim off the coast, so we tucked into take away pizza, watched Borat again and slumped into our beds for a good nights kip....
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