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Dec 7, 2004 - Hiatus to mid Jan 2005

Well, our travels are stalled for a while. Tis the season to be merry - well maybe, but we would prefer to be somewhere else living in our van! Must stay however, doctors and specialist appointments to ensure I keep functioning (as well as possible) which I can't complain about - blood pressure been a little high, and with a partial Dacron Aorta we don't want to pop a cork! Later note:- Addition to pills seems to have controlled this, review 6 mths. In addition the Veterans Review Board want to hold another hearing to see if they will give...

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Dec 6, 2004 - Melbourne

We've arrived in the land of OZ. First stop beautiful Melbourne, Australia. Our main objection is find a van that we can live out of the next two months as we tour the east coast up to the great barrier reef. After searching for about three days we narrowed it down to the one we were gonna call home. A german fella who had just gotten his doctorate in Mechanical Eng. was selling his 1984 (go tiges!) canary yellow mitsubishi van. He had done some remodeling on the inside designed some nice compartments and even had enough room for a bed in...

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danandjake

Dec 5, 2004 - The 12 Apostles and Melbourne

Hey all, Well this is the second time that I am making this posting considering somehow I just deleted everything. Anyway today started with me waking up from an awesome night sleep and so that put me into a better mood with a better perspective. I was then refunded my money since I was charged twice for the trip. So I was very happy about that... so I decided to spend the money on a helicopter trip around the 12 Apostles. That was totally worth the money. You were able to see all the Apostles at the same time (which apartly can only be...

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Dec 4, 2004 - Melbourne

Kevin: Uneventful trip back along the inland highway to Melbourne. We turned the car in without incident and for lunch headed to the Hopetoun Tea Room, and old-style teahouse in the historic Block Arcade. For dinner we headed to Chinatown, where we had a very good meal in a restaurant down an alley called the Supper Inn, mentioned by famous chef/author Anthony Bourdain in an article that Liz brought over with her. After dinner it was down to Federation Square to take in the funky architecture and walk along the river before heading back to...

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Dec 3, 2004 - Melbourne

TS: Decided to do the Great Ocean Rd again because the weather was not so good before. Had a great day, nice sunny weather for better photos. Coffees in Apollo Bay again waiting for the road to open up because there was a big 'Ocean Road Bike Race'. Drove to Kennett River and saw lots of Koalas. One baby was very close. Long drive to Mac and Kirstens in Cheltenham, SE Melbourne. Spent really nice few days in Melbourne. Stayed with Mac and Kirsten, Kiwis we met on a African holiday and lived in London, but moved to Oz last year. Weather...

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Nov 30, 2004 - Adieu Melbourne

Very little done yesterday, mostly filled with the backpacker equivalent of domesticity - laundry, bringing journal up-to-date, sorting out maps for next leg of the trip. Feeling a bit flat with departure of merry gang and hence couldn't really be bothered meeting and greeting a bunch of people for 1 night only, so took myself off to the flicks to see Hero. Bit derivative of Crouching Tiger (or maybe that's just my ignorance of the genre) but overall pretty good, with some stunning cinematography (which reconfirmed my desire to go to China...

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Down Under Tour '04

Nov 30, 2004 - Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsular

We arrived in Melbourne nearly three weeks ago and stayed on the Mornington Peninsular to the south east of the city for the first week with a couple we met in Vietnam who kindly took us in; Pam and Russell. We caught up on a lot of sleep at first and did a few drives around the peninsular including Arthur's Seat which is the tallest peak on the peninsular, and Sorrento right on the end. We did a day's wine tasting down there as well which was great as it was all free and the wine was excellent. The wine tour of Australia has begun! We...

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Nov 30, 2004 - I'm home!

Yes, it's over. 63 days gone. Today, after a typical very broken sleep on the plane and time zone differences I passed out in the lounge room at home for a couple of hours. I have a foot high pile of mail and 3 of the 6 or 7 packages I sent home had arrived already! I've done some work for clients today and I'm back in to it - ho hum... So my final story: I noticed in the rear yard of the house I live in that a few birds were making a bit of a racket. I looked out to discover a young bird stuck in our backyard. It didn't seem capable of...

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Nov 27, 2004 - Back in Melbourne to meet Aussie Pete!

Hello everyone! Hope you are all fine! Greetings once again from the lovely sunny city of Melbourne, in Victoria State, Australia! The temperature is topping 30C everyday and we are making the most of it! This morning we left Phillip Island at around 9am and headed up the coast in our hired car. As the two others that we were with had decided to stay on the island for another few days we had the car to ourselves! We cruised up the freeway towards Melbourne, taking in all the countryside, getting back for lunchtime. After we booked ourselves...

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Nov 25, 2004 - Staying at St. Kilda!

Hi everyone! After Bendigo we made a dash for it down to Melbourne in the same day. Although it was another 150km we managed to get to the city before it was too dark. We had already decided to stay in St. Kilda that night, so we worked our way acoss the city to the suburb. St. Kilda is a very funky area! Although it was a Thursday night the whole area was alive with restaurants and bars that spill out onto the streets. Melbourne is all about food and fashion - that's what makes it tick. If you can imagine that St Kilda is one of the...

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Nov 21, 2004 - It may be art, but can you eat it ?

Managed to navigate down to the Base hostel in St Kilda ok, after having a quiet night @ a YHA in North Melbourne, using the 20 year old A-Z that a guy in the secondhand bookshop gave me for free, although it did involve a few unplanned detours where the street names have been changed over the years. Checked into the hostel before wandering off in search of some lunch, only to come back with a painting instead! The Esplanade at St Kilda has an arts & crafts market every sunday, where you are only allowed to sell things if you have made them...

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Down Under Tour '04

Nov 20, 2004 - Melbourne / Checking out the local wines!

G'day! Greetings from Melbourne. It's a great city, we're really falling for it. Check out the photos - tell us what you think! The hostel we are staying at is very expensive, but on the flip side it has lots of freebies, so it is our policy to cane them as much as possible. This means free tours and pickups! One of those free tours is a vineyard tour, which we did today. The 'winery', which we went to today, is located in the Yarra Valley, to the east of the city. Located in the town of Healesville, the winery was small and they didn't...

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