On the Road Again
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December 5th, 2008 – by: Connie
First stop: Newcastle. Taking the side roads up the east coast was just as we thought it would be. The ride was serene and full of gorgeous coastal scenery. The drive to Newcastle set a great tone for the whole road trip.
At first glance, we thought Newcastle looked boring as hell so we drove another hour north and found a lovely secluded backpacker in Port Stephens by One Mile Beach called Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers.
Today we took a nice stroll around Tomaree headland to see the old remnants of the gun encampments left over from the war. For lunch was an excellent stop at Red Ned's for my very first experience with Australia's fascination and love for meat pies. Red Ned's was hailed as a top-knotch pie shop and after trying several of the over 50 varieties baked fresh that day, I was mighty impressed - and about ready to bust a button! Even Rod was impressed with their meat pies despite claiming that New Zealand meat pies were generally superior.
And on the subject of blowing our minds, we ended our lovely day by watching the sun set over the ocean from one of the many sand dunes at Stockton Beach. And I mean MANY dunes. The sand dunes at Stockton Beach stretched all the way back to Newcastle, a 45 minute drive away! We're talking desert-like sand dunes miles and miles long and right by a beautiful beach.
SIDE NOTE: Right by the beach there was a vendor selling breakfast sausages with sliced bread. Rod thought this was great and let me try a bite of his which he had added ketchup and onions to. Can I just say that this is VERY WRONG. I was then told that American hot dogs just don't exist in this part of the world. You can't get them anywhere. This sausage and bread thing was the thing to eat. Weird. I miss proper street meat.
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