GOR Day 7 Great meal last night in the Apollo Hotel and great accommodation in the Coastal Motel. Shame the sun went in when my washing was drying so well. It was no better in the morning with mist and the ground all wet. Forecast 13 degrees, 50% chance of rain and cloud all day. Have we come all this way for Lancashire July weather? It had better buck up or there will be words. Out on the road at 9.50am in the drizzle with a slight tail wind with very little view of the coastline. It rained for 60% of the way to Lorne and stopped at around midday. Just before Kenner River at Petticoat Creek Peter and I saw a koala in a roadside tree just staring at us. Further on a heron looking for a meal at St George River Estuary, not to mention several blue fairy wrens flitting across the road. Ken has seen two echidnas so far, I am envious. I love watching them scuttle about rooting for insects in the undergrowth. Almost 90 years since the Great Ocean Road was opened it is still needing attention as the rock cliffs keep on collapsing and need
cutting back or shoring up. We saw some men high above the road on an hydraulic platform inserting concrete into the cliff which was pumped from a lorry way down below at the roadside. The Lorne Hotel is a nice old Victorian building, which looks like one of the earliest buildings in the town. Luckily our room has a washing machine and drier to deal with our clothes which are struggling to dry in this climate. We can hear the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos outside our room. Time to remove my hearing aids. I can see these birds being a problem around here. We had a snack outside a small cafe in Lorne and two of them were pestering us for food and Kay was getting a little anxious when one got too close for comfort. I always find the Banksia tree quite intriguing with it bottle brush seed pod in various stages of maturity as the one close by the hotel shown amongst the included photos.
I am a retired engineer, born in 1945, who loves cycle touring. I have ridden Lands End John O Groats, C2C, the Three Towers (Blackpool - London -Paris Blackpool), European section of North Sea Cycle Route (Rotterdam to Bergen, 3,500 km), several sportives and trips to Spain and the Alps, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Japan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu (India), Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Australia, including Tasmania and New Zealand. Kyushu Japan, USA, Republic of Ireland and Sicily. I ride several sportives each year and ride one day every week with some retired riders and usually lead a gr... full info