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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Prahran July 11th 2020

Craig and Ross in….ISO. Episode 1 (Saturday July 11, 2020). It was dear Shell Greyhound (aka Michelle Edwards) who put the idea into my head. She missed my travel blogs this year and suggested I blog about my time in isolation. Hardly riveting reading, I thought at first. But then I mulled over it and decided it would be a fun thing to do and, if nothing else, it would give me some amusement during ISO_2.0. So, here goes…. Living as we do in Melbourne, Ross and I have become old hands at this COVID-induced isolation thing (ISO). We have been more or less house bound since mid-March. All face-to-face teaching at the university had ceased, and lab-based research significantly wound back as well. I had not lost my job and had been lucky enough to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Harrietville March 11th 2020

On the road again through to Bright fell in love with this place and will come back for their big car show they have in November !!!! Very much like our Arrowtown and a popular winter Mecca for them I would guess.... Katy Perry is performing here tonight for the Bush Fire relief .... town was buzzing and had a good look around spending a good part of the day here. Had brunch around 11am again at another bakery and purchased a few goodies from the gift shops. Around 1.30pm we pulled out and onto Milawa travelling through drier country, vineyards and cheese making outfits, found Brown Brothers Headquarters and did some wine tasting a huge operation here and purchased some wine and souvenirs. About 4pm we rolled out through to Wangaratta and checked into Parkview ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria March 10th 2020

A good nights rest and packed up headed out at 9 am started on the Alpine Highway and climbed up through lots of valleys and good farmland. Stopped at Omeo and found another bakery which seem more popular in South Australia instead of Northern Australia suits Don for his pies.... had a coffee and a wander around not much happening and quite a small place. At midday we carried on the road becoming really windy and more scrub than trees, drove into a village called Dinner Plain ... a huge Ski resort, never realised Australia had these and high Alpine areas boy what a surprise to find 10 km up the road the Ski Fields Mt Hotham ... quite an operation and very high .... I almost couldn't drive over the top 1861 metres and down ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria March 9th 2020

Monday Up and away from Eden driving through more devastation from Fires through the Princess Highway a good straight through drive on a good road through the border into Victoria.... stopped at Cann river found a good bakery and had a sausage roll Don a pie and a good coffee around 11 am had a rattle through the small stores this is a major turn off to head inland into the Snowy mountains. we continued on south through lovely farm country and around the corner to Lakes Entrance which was really interesting and a maze of estuaries and coast. Didn't really stop but carried onto Bairnsdale not far away ... more good looking farm land and a cool southerly nip in the air. Found accomodation in Bairnsdale and had a pre dinner drink wandered down to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Port Melbourne February 29th 2020

There are some days here that have pasted twice...... I’m loathe to delete anythin in case delete it all. I hope you can find the relevant bits, happy readers! Photos are actually from Hobart. But more of that next time, with Hobart news. Day 12 Brisbane 2 Sunday 23rd February, 2020 As we couldn’t get on the river cruise either day we decided to stay onboard today, with just a visit to the cruise terminal shed to pick up emails and post last few days news. I managed to download some emails, send a few what’s apps upload photos onto the blog......and then the WiFi went down! Annoying to say the least. I thought I had clicked on something I shouldn’t have done, but then realised what had happened. Later one of the other ladies who ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne February 24th 2020

GOR. Day 20. Warburton Our last day of this tour. A 1 hr train journey to Lilydale to ride the old railway line trail to Warburton and back. A cloudy start but warm and what we would want for the finale. The trains in Australia are good for cyclists since bikes are no problem at. All 12 of us got on the same train to Lilydale whereas in the UK you are lucky to get 2 bikes on. The MYKI card system is also good in Victoria where you buy a card and load it with cash and travel anywhere, paying a maximum of approx $6.50 per day (£3.50). The trail was a bit lumpy all the way with a stiff climb to Mt Evelyn at 7km on a mixture of gravel, concrete and tarmac. Lunch ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria February 23rd 2020

GOR Day 19 Melbourne Day off today in Melbourne city. The second time up the Eureka Tower and just as good as the first time with brilliant views on a cloudless day of all the surrounding buildings, river Yarra and the coast. A cruise ship was in the harbour along with the Spirit of Tasmania ready for its evening departure to one of my favourite places. Next was a visit to the Botanical Gardens but were waylaid by the amazing building that is the Shrine of Remembrance. It is like a labrynth inside with excellent exhibits of all the conflicts involving the Australian forces. I would recommend a visit to this by anyone. The Botanical Gardens are also a must see with the extensive variety of plants and trees including the inevitable bird life. We saw ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne February 22nd 2020

GOR Day 18 Parkdale Cool start again but getting to like the no rain forecasts. The food served by Phil Bock and his lovely wife Yuko at the French Island Eco Lodge is first class and enough for cyclists who normally take some filling. The wine is good too and not extortionate. A koala was grunting up a tree outside our cabin at 7am, which was a nice surprise to start our day. Ferry crossing at 9am on a smooth ocean to Stony Point to resume our journey north to Melbourne. Son Paul met us on his bike at the terminal since his wife Kat brought him in the car. Great ride to Hastings along a lovely boardwalk through the mangroves and dunes under a clear blue sky and warm sun. Coffee in Hastings at the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » French Island February 20th 2020

GOR Day 16. French Island Out into the blustery cold went the Draughty Dozen to be transported to the heaven (to some)that is French Island on the morning ferry. Eventually we found the Eco Lodge and left our panniers before venturing out into the wash board dirt roads. The island store reminded me of a shearing shed but produced some good sandwiches and proper coffee as well as being the island 𝑃𝑜𝑠𝑡 Office. I imagine a life saver utility on such a remote/barren island just 3 km from the mainland with no services provided. They all have to generate their own electricity, find water and create their own water disposal systems. The roads are something else. Soft sand throws you on the bike, the washboard rattles your teeth and the puddles are a swimming bath in ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cowes February 19th 2020

GOR Day 15. Phillip Island. Poor sort of breakfast this morning with two slices of toast. I can’t eat yoghurt which was the other half. Off at 9am when the rain stopped, although we got little bits of rain later and a massive downpour when some of us were luckily in the Vietnam Veterans Museum. The route took us on a nice boardwalk track in a boggy forest which was good until a tree had fallen across the boardwalk. The bike had to be lifted down and somehow make way through the undergrowth meanwhile looking for snakes. As Rhyll was approached we found the wind, which was quite ferocious and whipping up the sea. Next to the Vietnam Museum to see how deeply the Australians were involved and to see some of the original tanks, trucks, ... read more
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