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    • Day 117

      Great Ocean Road - Last day

      April 7 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      Gestern war der letzte Tag auf der Great Ocean Road. Wir haben endlich unseren ersten Koala in freier Wildbahn gesehen😍😍 so süß sind die 🥰
      Und wir haben endlich die Highlights der Road gesehen. Die Giants steps, 12 Apostel, Loch Ard Gorge, the Grotto und die Bay of Islands.
      Es war mal wieder hervorragend aber leider natürlich sehr überlaufen.
      In Port Campbel haben wir nochmal Halt gemacht bevor es weiter ging und wir haben so viel über das Auto gesprochen, dass es mich das erste mal ein bisschen heruntergezogen hat. Leon weiß natürlich, dass Essen mir immer weiter hilft 😂 also kam er auf die hervorragende Idee, dass wir Fish and Chips essen😂🫶🏽 (hat auch was gebracht 😂).
      Mein Fazit zur Great Ocean Road ist: es war wirklich sehr schön und gerade wenn man es mag zu wandern kann man sehr viele Stops in den Nationalparks machen. Die Straße selbst ist wie jede andere, die am Ozean vorbei geht. Natürlich wunderschön aber ich habe ehrlich gesagt ein bisschen mehr erwartet😰 die Highlights auf der Route sind natürlich der Wahnsinn und wenn man es nicht mag zu wandern kann man dies auch alles an einem Tag schaffen😂
      Also meine Guten bis morgen🫶🏽🤍
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    • Day 10

      Great Ocean Road

      January 21, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Ferry ride...40 minutes. About same cost as BC ferry Victoria to Vancouver 2.5 times as long. Maybe we're getting a decent deal...

      Great Ocean Road exceeded expectations! The Californian coast is fabulous...the Australian coast outstanding!! Cool limestone formations, powerful crashing waves, spectacular views. Took heaps of pics but can't do justice.

      Shipwreck history in this area. No wonder with the waves and rocky foreshore.

      Kangaroos... ✔️✔️! On a golf course in Angelsea. Scruffier than I pictured them... too much Winnie the Pooh for me I guess 😄. Very cool animals. 30-50 million in Aus. 

      Was in mourning when Roger lost but perked up when Raonic beat Zverev...#4. Well done Milos!
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    • Day 20

      Port fairy stop on the Great Ocean road

      November 19 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Stop at London Bridge , Port Campbell for lunch and Loch Ard Gorge, Twelve Apostles with a final stop at Chris’s restaurant and accommodations

    • Day 122

      Port Fairy

      April 8, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Stayed 3 nights at Port Fairy after traversing the Great Ocean Road. Very nice little beachside town with a good surfing beach on the western side. We checked out the local markets, Battery Hill, Griffiths Island, Fishermans Wharf, Tower Hill and drove out to a great little Irish town called Koroit where I had a couple of Guinness' in the Irish pub...just to be sociable! (To be sure, to be sure)Read more

    • Day 3

      Day 3 - The Heinz 57 Trail to Port Fairy

      April 25 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Day Three- The Heinz 57 Trail to Port Fairy
      After our long day in the car yesterday, it was time to get back on the bikes for our ride from Warrnambool to Port Fairy and back again. No one in our group had ridden this trail before, so we had absolutely no idea of what to expect. One thing that we did not expect was warm/hot weather at this time of the year, but that is exactly what we did get.
      After unpacking our bikes and heading off in search of the beginning of the trail, we soon became very aware of a fearsome adversary - a howling head wind ! As if the head wind was not enough of a challenge, we also immediately discovered that the first few km were distinctly uphill. It was the evil combination of hills and head wind that soon had us all wondering why we had driven all the way to Warrnambool to suffer in this way.
      Michael and Christine had made the sensible decision to completely ignore the start of the trail, and drive to meet us at Koroit instead. This not only cut about 20 km from the ride length, but also completely bypassed the hills as well.
      When the rest of the peloton reached Koroit Station, there were several who were already considering stopping there and riding back to Warrnambool. The peloton split into a mens group and a womens group, but I was not sure how many (if any) of us would actually reach Port Fairy.
      Fortunately the trail turned southward and the headwind turned into a not so evil side wind. The going got easier, well sort of. Although we were not battling a direct head wind, the surface of the trail quickly deteriorated into a corrugated, rocky cattle track. For some reason it also appeared that every few hundred metres, the surface changed from one material to another. For brief patches it was smooth, then it would shake you violently, only to turn sandy. And so it went on.
      I lost count of the number of different surfaces we rode on, but I think it must have been at least 57. In spite of the challenges, we did reach Port Fairy without mishap, and were soon settled in front of one of the numerous bakeries. About 15 minutes all of the ladies also arrived.
      By this time it was quite warm in the sunshine, and cold drinks were the order of the day.
      After lunch, the men went on a cycle tour of the Port Fairy fishing wharf and saw the beautiful homes that line the waterfront.
      The return ride turned out to be significantly easier than the outward ride, due to a combination of favourable winds and a welcome succession of downhill sections.
      By the time I reached the waiting cars, my computer was telling me that we had ridden 63 km, although the combination of poor surfaces and challenging winds, made it feel more.
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