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Dec 3, 2016 - A Sad Ending

Hi Everyone Sadly my dad passed away on Friday. He was the loveliest of men, always cool and calm, forever smiling, you never heard him raise his voice despite living in a household of women, my mum, my sister Linda and myself. There have been lots of tears and am I sure there will be plenty more in the days to follow but I have some wonderful memories of my dad and he will forever live in my heart. Due to this devastating news our trip around Australia has come to an end. We have made a dash for home so that I can fly to the UK to help...

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Our Aussie Adventure

Jun 25, 2016 - Swan Hill to Ballarat

A frosty morning so I skipped the shower & didn’t leave until about 9:00am to give the roads a chance to dry out. A good trip, exactly 3 ½ hours so got to Ballarat at 12:30. Just good time to set up, have a shower & get over to Lee’s by 2:30. Scott & Monica pulled up just behind me but Tracey, Jamie & Rhonda were already there. Carmen & her new man, Mark arrived about 4:00pm so then it was time for cake & presents, although, of course, Jasmine was more interested in the boxes. Everyone left about 6:30 except for Carmen & Mark who were...

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Nov 28, 2015 - Bendigo to Ballarat

28th Overview Breakfast at motel rooms then dropped cars off at long term 'secure' car park. It's an open paddock !! I had organised special transport for our group to the campsite in ballarat. 120km away. Riders taking transfer buses with bikes in semi trailer trucks. See photo of our gentle bike transport !! At camp settled into allocated tent with Gaylene Quick bike trip into town to buy thank you wine gift voucher for out special bike transport guy. ( another volunteer at the event) Team meeting before dinner and a very early night....

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Nov 21, 2015 - Ballarat to Melbourne

Quite cold & gloomy when I left Ballarat. I was in no hurry because it’s a short drive to Melbourne but I decided to go to Doncaster via the Western Ring Road instead of through the city. I think the GPS got confused & took me to 182 Warrandyte Rd in Warrandyte instead of in Doncaster. All of a sudden it told me I’d arrived at my destination & I knew I hadn’t – fortunately I had a rough idea of where I needed to go & eventually got to the caravan park. It was quite tight getting into my site but I finally made it with the help of some very...

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Nov 20, 2015 - Gold mining

We travelled to Ballarat an old gold rush town filled with Victorian villas (rather like Ponsonby but a bit less posh!). We spent the day at Sovereign Hill; an open air Victorian town from the gold rush era. We panned for gold and actually found some! Izzy and Theo have it in a little glass bottle. We watched a gold pour, visited the shops and bars, plus Izzy, Theo, Jonny and Phill went down the real mines and saw the gold glittering in the walls at 110ft. There were people from the era around chatting and teaching us about life in those...

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Our Year Out

Apr 15, 2015 - Days 80 - 83 UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, THIS JOURNAL WAS DELAYED BY A BROKEN COMPUTER...... IT WAS PREPARED 3 DAYS AGO FOR DESPATCH We left Shepparton bound for Melbourne with 2 plans, one to get our new BBQ replaced as it was faulty only to find that the 2 they offered us as replacements were just as faulty, it appears they have gone too far in reducing the thickness of the metal lid which now warps quite readily. So we got a new one anyway. The other plan was to catch up with a couple we met in Canada a few years ago and that we caught up with last year as well. We had...

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Mar 9, 2014 - Sovereign Hill

As David had often talked about Sovereign Hill - a gold rush era reconstruction - I booked a package to get the whole experience. We arrived mid-day on Sunday and checked in to the hotel which is part of the complex. The room we were given was basic to say the least and then we discovered that the air conditioning wasn't working.... Happily we were moved to a vastly superior room so all's well etc. We panned for gold, no joy, went down a mine to experience being trapped (𯘳) proceeded on to a very my good dinner followed by a sound &...

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Mar 9, 2014 - at Ballarat

Day 15 - Sunday 9th March (Ron) in Ballarat Off to Hadden Church of Christ with David and Lorraine. Hadden is another small community like Ross Ck. David and Lorraine had decided to attend there rather than Ballarat to encourage the small band of the faithful. Afterward we had lunch at Barkly Comfort Motor Inn. Very tasty King Whiting, very nice restaurant, very nice company. Ian and Elaine Leviston (from church) also joined us four. David and Lorraine went off to a MAF meeting and we looked for the Beechworth Bakery shop to pick up a...

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Mar 8, 2014 - at Ballarat - Begonia Festival

Day 14 - Saturday 8th March (Ron) annual Begonia Festival in Ballarat It's a great feeling to have the Prado off the van. Almost liberting. Let's explore. We drove to a small area called Sebastapol. That's right, same as the one in Ukraine where the Russians are involved in an uprising that's been in the news. Many came to the area for the Ballarat gold rush, and this area was named after Sevastapol in the Ukraine, but with a 'B'. Nowadays it is considered a suburb of Ballarat. We did some grocery shopping, drove back to the caravan, put...

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Mar 7, 2014 - Wonga Park to Ballarat

Day 13 - Friday 7th March (Ron) Time to move on - today we go to Ballarat. Ron met a retired MAF couple on the train as we journeyed to the airshow last Saturday. They were friends of Winston. They have extended an invitation for us to stay at their place this weekend (a long weekend) while the Begonia Festival is on in Ballarat. Perfect, a great opportunity for us. The journey across the top of the Greater Melbourne was a bit harrowing as we really didn't recognise anything, anywhere, at anytime, but eventually we were on the first of...

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Dec 23, 2013 - Smythedale

14/02 – Smythdale Heading down towards the Great Ocean Road with a couple of stops in between. Smythdale is the first and we are staying at their Public Gardens that apparently were beautiful in the 1800s, now its just a recreation area. Another pony club were staying here for the weekend but they took off in the mornings for rides throughout the district. Another town built on gold history and the rail line. There is a walk from Ballarat to Skipton along the Rail trail, we just went from Smythdale to Scarsdale which was a 7 km return walk...

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Nov 3, 2013 - Ballarat

(Ben) The forecast was promising a typical Victorian display - a brilliant, sunny, clear day followed by something much less pleasant. And after our perfect day on the Great Ocean Road, that's what we got in Ballarat. Our plan was to get to Sovereign Hill, a type of village set up to show life as it was in Ballarat in the gold rush days. We had to make a diversion on the way when the radio notified us that there was a world record attempt underway in town that morning. Who wouldn't want to be part of the world record for Largest Gathering...

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