Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Melbourne Brrr - Check out the house sit

Time to head off, again.

Set off to Melbourne via Coolomon because of the floods the Newell is closed south of here. I didn't see another car or person for the first 60km, very eerie.  Rail lines hanging over newly formed gullies, hay bails scattered across the landscape, fence posts looking like straw scarecrows holding hands.  Stopped for breakfast at Uranquinty about 10am.  Lunch on the highway near Chiltern, then stopped for the night at the service centre at Wallan. Reasonable nights sleep with ear plugs.  A good day for driving about 500km in all.

Wallan - Caulfield - Rosebud

Woke at 5am to the roar of many trucks but had a reasonable sleep. Its a public holiday here in Victoria, nice to know! Had breakfast outside the caravan and camping show as I arrived a bit early. Looks like a nice day for it. Brought an awning, dish drip rack and key bolt for the tow bar for Dora. Lots to see but no exciting motor homes, mostly C-class but no mid size A-class anywhere.

At Brian's place at Rosebud camped out the side of the house only just of the road but ok for just one night. Carlen cooked a beef roast and opened a good bottle of red for dinner. We had an enjoyable evening. Should be a comfortable house sit come 6th of May for 6 weeks.
It appears that Dora's aircon is not working I think the compressor is not cutting in, might of lost the gas, damn! Need to check it out.

Rosebud to Rye, Mostly clear sky cool night good sleep. Headed round to Sorrento stopped by the beach and went for a 15km bike ride around town and then down to Blairgowrie. Great weather for bike riding twenty something and no wind. Would like to take the bike to Queenscliff by ferry, maybe tomorrow. Booked into the Rye foreshore park for two nights right on the beach, nice. Warm night 30 something forecast, nice. Rode to Sorrento then took the ferry to Queenscliff and had lunch in a park looking across the water back to Point Nepean, nice. Stopped at the Queenscliff Hotel for a glass of red, nice place would like to stay there sometime, lovely old building nicely appointed inkeeping with the period, nice. The ferry takes about 45mins to cross and its very stable, cost is $12 each way with a push bike. Rode 23km today some hills involved raced home at ~25kph. Feeling some what tired now.

Rye - Light shower overnight but still warm. Rain expected today. Will stay another night I think and do the shopping. Booked in for two more nights not sure where to from here. Rode to the shops and round about but not far as the rain was ever present. A quiet day.

Rye - More rain! serves my right for coming to Melbourne. Rode to the back beach at Blairgowrie. Walked on the beach, or more like rocks, then rode back. Some hilly bits involved and 23km overall, nice work out. Heading off tomorrow but not sure which way other than north.

The Ferry