Enough is Enough

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Woke up as late as possible before collecting our wages and checking out of the hostel. Glad to get the deposit back as well so I had an extra $30 to add to the $150, should be enough to get me a few kilometres around Austalia?

Jumped in the drivers seat of our fully loaded car and sped off down the motorway towards Melbourne. 4 people with backpacks and a loaded boot is a hell of a load and our car was ridding very low. Going over any speed bump and the exhaust scrapped along the floor! Can't afford any damage to the car! As the boot is totally full we also had to pile all the bags on the backseat meaning a very obscured view for the driver and a serious lack of space for the poor bastards in the back.

Having grabbed some breakfast at Subway we carried on and after 150km's saw the big buildings of Melbourne rise in the distance. It felt great to be going back towards civilization again after 10 days in the ghost town of Shep! Weren't stopping in Melbourne though and carried on round the ringroad in the direction of the Suburb of Geelong and our destination of Torquay and the start of the B100, better known as the Great Ocean Road.

After 350km's drive it was great to be back at the beach again so took the opportunity to stretch my legs and admire the views. I had originally planned to spend a couple of days in Torquay and take a surfing lesson but I just can't afford it and the water was freezing! Decided there was still enough time left in the day to carry on a bit further along the road and we would camp somewhere near Lorne.

Drove along the road, which was inland and not along the ocean?, towards Bells Beach. Bells Beach is the site of the world surfing championships and had stupidly big waves when we arrived! No chance of me getting in that water so I again admired the views before driving to Lorne.

We were quoted $45 to stay in a campsite so decided to camp in a lay by near Lorne and hope for the best. Whilst we were setting up camp a couple of women were acting suspicious and we found out why as we were eating dinner. A police officer showed up and told us we were camping illegally and would have to move! Talked our way out of a fine and he even showed us the way to a free campsite in town!

Sat around drinking beer in the car before settling down to sleep in what is now my home, the car! Far more comfortable than it sounds and better than sleeping in the tent any day.
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