Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The beginning

The first leg of our 4-1/2 month trip began June 22, 2016.

We boarded the Spirit of Tasmania for Melbourne towing our caravan behind us.
The trip across Bass Strait was a good one as far as we know, we slept through the night.
Arrived in Melbourne, Victoria about 6am and at 6.45am we were one of the first to drive off the ship.

Headed for the Hume Highway which takes you to Shepperton then onto Finley where we stayed the first night - HOWEVER - we didn't see the sign to the Hume Highway and ended up near Geelong :) so I got my Google map out on my iPad and found a road/path that would put us on the Hume Highway, ended up doing about 200 klm more than we intended.  
Having done this many times before we just didn't see the sign and wasn't paying attention!

The photos are of some of the scenery up the wrong road.
Map below.






As you can see Geelong is a long way from Shepparton.

46 comments:

  1. Missing the road is easily done, and often done, as you did, when you actually know the road - however, it gave you the opportunity to view and see some different terrain.

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    1. You are correct Rosemary, too familiar with a road we know....however, the outcome was good in the end.

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  2. Mistakes usually lead to opportunities, and this certainly was!

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    1. The GPS in the car was used for directions, it always want to send us a different way, so hence why I use google maps on my iPad or phone, which is a type of GPS I expect.

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  4. Sometimes those wrong turns can lead to some pretty interesting things. We make our share of them, too?

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    1. Wrong turns are sometimes a good thing except when in a lot of traffic, but even they are a challenge to get back on the freeway - we fortunately haven't been the wrong way yet on a freeway..

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  5. What a fun adventure, but seriously? 4.5 months? Wow. That's just amazing. Are you so, so glad to be home?

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    1. Thrilled to be home Crystal, but of course always eager to go again next year hopefully.
      Yes, those months soon fly past when being a traveller.

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  6. Margaret i love your scenery like in fairy tale

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    1. Gosia - it is like a fairy tale, you don't know what might come over those rocks.

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  7. Your 'wrong' road was very pretty indeed. An extra 200k trip would have been tiring though.

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    1. I felt sorry for my husband having to drive an extra 200km that day....but he did well.

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  8. That was not a great start. That same happens to me. You get a little complacent because you think you know the way and don't pay proper attention.

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    1. You are right on being complacent, we both put it down to that.
      We certainly will look out for the sign eagerly next time.

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  9. Of the retour, of the votre Voyage avec la carte, l'appareil photo complètement plein.

    Je viens, of rentrer maintenant, quelques jours de pont sur la côte.

    Baisers

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    1. I'm sure I will look forward to seeing some of your photos from your visit to the coast.

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  10. That's quite a long way in the wrong direction, but you did see some lovely scenery, which looks quite a bit like some of the scenery here in SA.

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    1. We had never been that way so from that it was good to see different scenery.

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  11. Ah - no watching road signs.
    I will book you for dereliction of duty and safety.
    Please deposit a suitable fine in my bank account to make up
    for my bet of yesterday.
    Traffic Inspector Colin

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    1. Missed the signs Colin, was looking just silly we were.
      Oh well, you can't win them all.

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  12. Yeah good when one can sleep through the night, just my thought, liked the photos

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    1. We prefer to sleep in the night on the ship, especially across Bass Strait as it can be very rough due to many areas of the sea being a bit shallow.

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  13. Its easy to go the wrong way out of Melbourne. Been there done that.

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    1. Oh dear - that's the first time we went the wrong way when getting off the ship...

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  14. You made a huge way in your vacation. It's a long time to be by travel. I believe you enjoyed it.

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    1. Was a long time to travel with lots of klms done, it was enjoyable.

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    1. Was a surprise when we came around the corner and saw that view..

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  16. I have had my best hikes when I've gotten lost. (exhausted, but satisfied)

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    1. You find all kinds of different things when lost - as long as you are found!

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  17. so inviting scenes .
    have safe travelling dear

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  18. Oh! Dear! If your transport could've been adapted into a hovercraft you could crossed back across the Strait!! :)

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    1. HA!
      Be good is we all had a hovercraft to go across Bass Strait!!

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  19. When I think how many pictures I take when I am out for an hour or two, I can't even imagine how many you must take on an odyssey like this.

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    1. thousands i take....some are good, some not...that's the beauty of a digital camera. easily deleted.

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  20. Nothing like a big detour to start the holiday!!

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  21. Sometimes the wrong road can turn out not too bad at all!

    All the best Jan

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