Great friends and The Great Ocean Road

Have to catch up a bit. Been having trouble finding free wifi. So i’ve just bought it for the next 24 hours to get caught up. Let me just finish up my time in Australia with you.

After the Great Barrier Reef, I took my burnt backside back to the south part of Australia. This time to Melbourne to visit my girls, Oja and Sarah. These girls know how to greet a person at the airport on Valentine’s day. They were standing there with a big heart shaped balloon, which I had to carry with me the rest of the day. So cute.

After that great welcome we were off to their home in the country, in Porcupine Ridge. I think of Porpoise Spit from Muriel’s Wedding. It’s nothing like it, but the name is similar. After a pint at the Farmers Arms in the small town of Daylesford, we were off home for my first Aussie BBQ or barbie. A great night of chatting, yummy food from the garden and a sky so full of stars I couldn’t believe it. Saw the milky way for the first time. Awesome!

The girls had a great couple of days planned for me. After some errands and laundry we were off to the coast and the beautiful Apollo Bay. What a wonderful and relaxing few days by the sea. Falling asleep to the waves. Not much better than that.

After a few days a pure relaxation it was time to drive the incredible Great Ocean Road. Now that is a drive that should not be missed.

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Along with the gorgeous scenery, I got to see my first koala and baby.

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At the end of the road and a ferry ride, we were in the city of Melbourne for the evening. Time to replace my watch (you will be hearing from me Timex when I get home) and enjoy a great dinner.

Got to see a wallabee on the drive home and this little guy in the garden on Saturday morning.

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Sadly, I said ‘see you later’ to Oja and Sarah and hello to my mom’s old friends Dorothy and Carl. Had a lovely day/evening with them. Most importantly I was able to fulfill a dream for my mom. She had always wanted to visit her dear friends in Australia, but never had a chance. So after holding on to and traveling with her ashes all through Australia, I was able to leave a bit of her with her friends. Scattered some of her ashes in their backyard. Now she can always be with them and let me tell you she has quite a view. That was the last of her ashes, so we have finally said goodbye to this wonderful lady and scattered her memory in many wonderful places in the world.

Goodbye to Australia and hello to New Zealand….