Day 24 - The Long and Winding Road (03 January)


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January 3rd 2013
Published: January 5th 2013
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After a good night's sleep and another shower we are ready to face the day. Back to normal size breakfast of cereal, fruit and mud - oops coffee or so they claimed. This was rather leisurely this morning as the internet failed last night and we had to update things this morning. Our objective today is to reach Melbourne, 660 km away.

After leaving Canberra we picked up highway 31. This makes the M1 appear to be the most exciting road to drive. The scenery is one continuous brown field with some green trees and brown hills. The most exciting part of the journey so far is to discover that Wagga Wagga really exists.

The road has slogans scattered along on billboards. These are phrases like: "Alcohol and speed DEAD ahead" and "Late? or Paralysed? Your choice"

The most exciting part of our journey was a quiet village (Barmarwartha) with two stores, a few cars, a petrol station and a jogger. The jogger was wearing a nylon wind breaker, over a long sleeved T shirt, black tights and a baseball cap. He/she didn't appear to be carrying a water bottle and it must have been nearly 40 degs.

At our first pit stop we picked up a swarm of flies which attached themselves to the car. Despite doing 110 kph along the M31 they were still with us at our second pit stop. How they hung on beats us. Any theories please keep to yourselves. Now I know why I loved NZ - no flies.

Our entry into Melbourne was interesting. Because of road works our planned turn off was closed. Then we discovered that the main road into the city is a toll road. Hertz was very specific when they told us in the event of toll roads use cash booths only. Well there aren't any and to get a pass you have to register three days in advance. Not much use for visitors. Eventually we made our way to the Hilton, where we are staying. Tomorrow we will return the car. There is free public transport, a train opposite the hotel and we will see if we can take a tour to see the penguins on Sunday. It is now time for sleep. We need a rest - holidays are such hard work!

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