Trip 5 has started. We left Melbourne heading to meet Greg at Barwon Heads so Trox can try his hand (foot?) at surfing. We just arrived at our destination and found Greg's car - now to find a place to park Bunyip and then to find Greg.
Trox and Greg suited up and headed for the water.
|a little surfing lesson first|
|oh! this is easy on the sand|
|now to get wet|
|I spotted this car before we left|
the surfing area
We were hoping to stay at a reservoir just outside of Forrest but there were way too many "NO" signs. NO Camping, NO golfing, NO shooting, NO this, and NO THAT! We found another place near a little lake that was a tent camp area so Greg set up his tent and we found a level spot in the carpark to park Bunyip. The three of us had a nice dinner and we had coffee waiting for Greg when he showed up this morning. We packed up and headed for the bike trail head where they made a 20k ride and then back to the beach for more surfing.
|now THIS Trox is good at|
Greg and Trox had fun in the water and Greg got a few nice rides. We parted ways with Greg heading back to Melbourne and us heading to the Great Ocean Road (GOR). We found a place to stay in the Great Otway National Park between Aireys Inlet and Bambra.
While in Melbourne we went to the science museum and the Planetarium. While there the guy gave us a complimentary star chart and some star maps for the planets. Last night was very clear and very dark so we spent some time finding constellations and finally are sure we know how to find the Crux (the Southern Cross).
This morning we got up and fiddle futzed around the campsite. We are now getting ready to head back to the Great Ocean Road (GOR) with a stop by some water falls.
Here in Australia it is Sloany's birthday. FIVE! WOW!
We never made it to the water fall - the trail was closed - but did find a good surf beach and a nice place to stay the night.
We got up this morning and headed back towards Melbourne. We are going boating with Doug and Eileen tomorrow. We met then on TAS at Leven Canyon. We contacted them a week ago or so and they invited us to join them on their boat. On the way back to Melbourne we stopped so Trox could try to hone his new surfing skills. He is getting better.
|a short ride|
What a wonderful last 24 hours. We left Greg and Chrissy's early yesterday morning and drove to Doug and Eileen's. We left Bunyip and drove to Lake Eildon with them. Their little "boat" is actually a wonderful house boat. We arrived yesterday about lunch. What a wonderful relaxed day. It was sad to leave Bunyip behind but we know he'll be waiting for us tomorrow. Today we are floating down the lake for a water bound lunch.
|pulling away from the pen|
|getting the tour|
Happy Cinco de Mayo! We had such a wonderful time with Doug and Eileen. They have a small plastic "kayak" that we took out to play and Trox actually did 2 long rows using it to explore part of the lake.
|towing me isn't easy|
|this is fun|
|hmmmm i'm not so sure about this|
|and the Unit does NOT help|
|okay, i got it!|
|coming back from his first long trip|
Once we left their home we headed back to Forrest where we spent a few nights and Trox made a number of wet rides. Yesterday we took a dirt road from Forrest to Lorne and because of the rains the road was pretty muddy. Poor Bunyip he is soooooo dirty.
We are now officially traveling the Great Ocean Road (GOR) heading towards Carol's. She is about 600 kilometers away. This is a wonderful time to travel the GOR as there is virtually no traffic. During peak time (last week) there would be bumper to bumper vehicles.
|Erskine Falls just outside Lorne|
|the arch introducing the Great Ocean Road|
|the lighthouse at Airsey's Inlet|
|The lookout over the Great Ocean Road in Lorne|