Hit the road, Jack

Trip Start Sep 12, 2005
Trip End Sep 11, 2006

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Thursday, December 1, 2005

So, up early Tues (29th) to collect our hire car. Quite amusing when we arrived at the rental place to find we had been 'upgraded' from a small manual to a much larger automatic. As you are all painfully aware, I can nae drive, so it was all up to Liz, bless her cottons, and she was nae too impressed with the situation. The guys working at the rental place couldn't understand what our problem was - surely we should be pleased with the upgrade - everyone else would be, but Liz just wanted a teeny car that she'd feel comfortable in, as I can well understand, and so we were finally driven to another outlet where they had one small car left.
Wahoo - hit the road about 12pm. Poor liz was still feeling exhausted from being ill the last couple of days and did a sterling job at driving the 250km or so to Port Campbell near the 12 Apostles, most of it through atrocious weather - really foggy and rainy - not exactly ideal conditions for the drive. We arrived at around 6pm and just collapsed and had a real quite night, praying for a better day tomorrow.

Well, what can I say? Our prayers were answered - Weds (30th) was a glorious day, and what a difference it made. The sea was a beautiful colour and made the stacks look pretty spectacular. I'm a bit gutted we didn't get to see the sunset on them, but had to be making tracks back to Melbourne. Another long day of driving for Liz, stopping on route at a lovely town called Lorne where we relaxed on the beach for a bit and had lunch. Back into Melbourne by about 5pm and just met back up with Emily (who'd spent those couple of days visiting a friend as she'd already done the Great Ocean Road) and generally getting sorted for our early start the next morning to catch our flight to New Zealand.

So, that's Oz done for the time being, though I'll be heading back over to the west coast after NZ, and am hoping that will be a lot less touristy. Have become a little tired of the east coast to be perfectly honest, and am really looking forward to seeing what New Zealand has to offer...
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