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Collecting the bikes in Melbourne.
The train that would eventually take us to Melbourne was very late coming in to the station and we were wondering if it would ever arrive at all. It did, about 20 minutes late. We had earlier found a bottle shop and purchased a six-pack of the local VB, Victoria Bitter ale to bring on the train with us. It wasn’t easy finding a bottle shop, and there is really nowhere else you can purchase beer other than a pub. The overnight train was delightful. It was a very modern, clean train. It was less than half full, and the sleeper car we were in had all of three other patrons. We had our own lavatory and shower which was also quite nice.
Shortly after pulling out of the station, we went up to the cafe car and ordered dinner.
Granpions National Park at sunset.
This is where we had out first taste of the friendly nature of the aussies. The gals were very talkative and we ended up standing there for about 40 minutes, talking. At one point we were flipping through their personal photos as other patrons would come by, make a purchase and leave.
Before picking up the bikes in Melbourne, I was consciously observing traffic in preparation for driving on the left side of the road. At first it was quite alarming seeing cars coming at you seemingly directly for a head on collision. Eventually I got use to it and by the time I got on the bike I was mostly adjusted. It was easy to get use to driving on the left side, but it was always an effort to keep it on my mind.
The countryside around southern Australia is quite beautiful. We saw lush green fields, thick rain forests and cliffs to the sea.
Riding through Granpions National park after a few near-misses with Kangaroos.
In general it looks very similar to the US. The trees look the same, the roads look the same, the signs look the same, the cars look the same, the language is the same and the weather is the same. It was hard to keep in mind that I was half way around the world on a totally different continent.
When we picked up the bikes it was raining and we were a little worried that it would be a soggy trip, but the weather slowly improved and by the last day of riding it was blue skies and warm sun.
We passed through many very small towns, some of which you could hardly find a business to stop at. We stayed the first night at a Quality Inn. True, it didn’t have any local character, but after a very cold evening of riding we were chilled to the bone and the advertised pool and spa sounded like a good way to warm up.
Lots and lots of sheep.

We were warned to watch out for Kangaroos and Wombats in the early morning and evening hours and sure enough one ran across the road just in front of us. I also saw several small groups of them on the side of the road. They graze in packs with one dominate male controlling the group.
The second night we pulled into Wallabungee rather late after riding through the rain forest and tried to stay at a place recommended by a couple we met earlier on. It turned out to be full, as were most of the places we tried. Eventually we found a room over a pub. A meager place with a common shower and bath, but nice enough for a good night sleep.
After dropping off the bikes as the end of our tour, we had some time to kill and after checking out a local street market, we rested in a nice pub in downtown Melbourne and watched the local footy (rugby) game.
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Collecting the bikes in Melbourne.
Collecting the bikes in Melbourne.
Granpions National Park at sunset.
Granpions National Park at sunset.
Riding through Granpions National …
Riding through Granpions National…
Lots and lots of sheep.
Lots and lots of sheep.
Inland of Melbourne there is lots …
Inland of Melbourne there is lots…
I got within 3 meteres of this fem…
I got within 3 meteres of this fe…
Although there were signs on the r…
Although there were signs on the …
The Koalas sleep 22 hours a day in…
The Koalas sleep 22 hours a day i…
On the Great Ocean Road.
On the Great Ocean Road.
There are many of these formations…
There are many of these formation…
Great views on the Great Ocean Roa…
Great views on the Great Ocean Ro…
It doesnt get much better than thi…
It doesnt get much better than th…
Rod in front of the famous 12 Apos…
Rod in front of the famous 12 Apo…
Parking the bikes in front of the …
Parking the bikes in front of the…
Downtown Melbourne.
Downtown Melbourne.
Melbourne
photo by: jendara