Motorbike around Oz
Melbourne Travel Blog› entry 5 of 12 › view all entries
June 2nd, 2007 – by: zeusvh
Shortly after pulling out of the station, we went up to the cafe car and ordered dinner.
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.
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.
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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