Great free camps along the way
28.3.14 - 4.4.14 22 °C
We are actually feeling very lucky.....about 5 minutes behind us on the road between Horsham and Portland an elderly couple in their 4x4 and caravan collided with a rental motorhome, killing 1 and seriously injuring 6. The only evidence we saw, luckily, were the emergency services racing to the scene, and we heard about it on the news. This makes us realise just how vulnerable we are, and how precious our lives are. Joe is a super careful driver, and doesn't take any risks, and we have a safe tow vehicle and van. Just gotta watch out for the idiots coming the other way. The roads are narrow and often not in great condition, so avoiding the bumps and holes is a mean feat.
We did find a couple of great free camps (well, $3 a night's almost free) along the Limestone Coast. Wright's Bay was green and lush, quiet, right on the beach and we stayed a couple of nights. We met the lovely Mario and Linda from Mandurah.....had lots of laughs and a couple of drinks, and we hope to catch up with them again sometime. They are Fremantle supporters, so we might even share a Grand Final with them again this year.
We had a night at Fitzroy River, another great camp where the Fitzroy river meets the sea......just perfect, and only $5! Joe said the toilets were clean, but as you can imagine I have my own boudoir, so need for me to even check them out!
So we've had lots of lovely beach walks, the weather's been fair, chilly at night.....last night I had a hottie for the first time. We have great heating in this van, so nothing is uncomfortable. Joe's bought a roof rack cradle for his inflatable SUP Board, so looks like it will be emerging from its' back pack any day.
My Aged Care Nursing has come in handy just lately.....Joe's ears are blocked and he can't hear a thing! So I try and speak clearly and loudly, looking at him face to face, although he still says I mumble!! Off to the doc for the third time tomorrow morning for ear washouts after I have been filling his ears with wax solvent......Uncomfortable and annoying!!! But not life threatening and tomorrow should be the last. It will be nice to be able to chat again in the car without having to make an appointment! And have the TV volume so just we can hear it.....not the whole world. Ha Ha!
I can't believe it's Friday again.....we are at Apollo Bay, having negotiated the Great Ocean Road, coming dangerously close to double decker buses full of tourists, rental cars going way too fast, cyclists struggling up the hills and log trucks laden to the hilt! Stunning scenery along the way, cliffs and ocean, and of course the 12 Apostles which neither of us have seen before. So many tourists, it is actually quite difficult to take photos without people in them.
Joe's giving the van a wash, surprise, surprise! It did get quite dusty along the way. Tomorrow we'll keep heading east, to be at Queenscliff to catch the ferry to Sorrento at 8am on Monday. Saves us about $70 on the caravan fare if we catch the early one. So lots more of the Great Ocean Road for us in the next couple of days.