With Inky out of town for the weekend, I spent my time researching hotels, train schedules and trying to find more options for things to do on our second trip to Australia. We leave in 9 weeks, or 63 days, and it's all starting to become more real now rather than just being something that will happen "down the road." To that end I booked our rental car for our week in Melbourne, so we can put right what once went wrong.
This photo is from our last trip, and our attempt to make it all the way down the Great Ocean Road, which runs along the southern coast of the continent. On this day we encountered rainy conditions which, when added to my first time driving on the left, slowed our pace quite a bit. We made it as far as Apollo Bay, about half way, before we called it quits and headed back to our hotel in Melbourne. This time, we are going to tackle the road with our bags in tow and no hotel reservations so we are not forced to turn around if nature, or my tentative negotiation of the many hair pin curves along the road, slow our pace.
The drive along the Great Ocean Road is just one in a long list of things that I'm looking forward to on this trip. Be it a hike through the Blue Mountains, exploring Cataract Gorge in Tasmania, Beholding Uluru for the first time or just relaxing at a cafe' I can't wait for the trip to start. Nine weeks!