Saturday, July 23, 2016

Picking up Pearl Pt 2

It is a big day agai today!  We travelled down past Eden, Kiah, Narrabarba, Genoa and through to Orbost where we grabbed a quick bite to eat at 1pm.  That was a slow 210 kms because of the hilly, windy roads and a lot of it we were only doing 80-90kph...
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From Orbost we tracked along to Bruthen then through Bairnsdale.  We made a quick trip to Bunnings for a power cord then we left there at 3pm having done 300kms by that stage...
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Again, Google Maps was a big help but the 6 hour 32 minute timing had us worried that we'd be setting up in the dark again...
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Down more roads...
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At 5pm we tried looking at nearer caravan sites (on my iPad) but a lot were booked out for school holidays.  So we kept on going...
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We finally pulled into the Frankston Holiday Park at 6.10pm.  We had phoned ahead and told them we'd be late so the key to the ensuite and directions were in a safe, which we had the code for.  We found our site and set up Pearl on the concrete slab.  Fortunately, we didn't have to unhitch.  She flipped out and we were set up in 30 minutes.  Great that it wasn't raining but hell, it's freezing here!
We got the electric heater going and warmed up with a wine, ordered a pizza to be delivered to the front gate - this arrived at 8.45pm! 
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Pizza on a serviette!
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Yummy dessert pizza with custard and berries and crumble...all that was missing was a bit scoop of icecream!
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We did 556 kms today - it felt like 856!  Gus says Pearl is a dream to tow and Ruby is doing a great job.  :)  The ensuite is a godsend.  We had another cosy night.
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Cheers - Joolz









Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Road trip to pick up Pearl ...

We headed for Melbourne today, leaving at 1.30pm but only got about 15kms out the road when Gus looked in the side mirror and noticed the left hand side canopy door on Ruby was open!  On inspection, we'd lost a big plastic bag containing a new skillet, saucepan, two nice melamine bowls and a large plastic tray to drain dishes on.
We back tracked nearly all the way into back into town then saw the bag and contents strewn diwn the roadside! Haha!
The tray had a corner knocked off it, both bowls were broken, the saucepan was bent out of shape and the skillet had gravel rash! Oops!
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We stopped for lunch in Penola so that delayed us a bit.  I drove Ruby from Coleraine to Ararat so Gus could make some calls.  We continued on and got to Ballarat without incident. With about an hour to go it was time for a G&T for me!
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We arrived at our hotel at 8.40pm and it was 10.9C and raining heavily.  Somehow, I don't think we'll be sitting outside our new camper sunning ourselves on Friday and Saturday.
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Room service dinner, a glass of red and nighty nights!  We have a big day tomorrow, heading up the Hume Highway to Bateman's Bay.
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Cheers - Joolz xx
 

 
 
 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Excited!

In a few days we'll pick up our new camper trailer and I hope to blog about our adventures so stay tuned! :)