Leaving Adelaide! Yay!

So I’m off again! Sitting in Adelaide on my own while I wait for Chantelle seems so boring. So I’m going to hit the road on Mabel. This time we are heading for the Great Ocean Road and then onto Canberra via The Snowy Mountains. I fly out to Christmas Island on Monday 18th from Canberra, so as long as I am there for that flight all will be good!

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I managed to get away reasonably early today. I sold my Tenere and the guy who bought it turned up nice and early to pick it up. First stop for us was fuel. I ended up chatting to the lady behind the till for about 20 minutes. She was very interesting and had done a lot of touring on motorbikes when she was younger. Now that she is feeling her age she chucks her camp gear into the back of her little Toyota Corolla and heads off. Lovely to meet her!

I set the GPS to shortest distance to Warrnambool, which is where the Great Ocean Road starts, and firing Mabel into life I headed on out of the city. My path took us up through the lovely winding hilly roads of the Adelaide hills. Just glorious. I even got to see a koala crossing the road. Then we saw a Rhino! It was all very exciting.

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I eventually cleared the hills and after stopping to do a geocache caught the free ferry at Tailem bend and then swung south towards a camp site just out of Mount Gambier. I wasn’t sure if I would get that far today. There’s was quite a strong wind blowing and poor Mabel was straining flat out at 60 km/hr.

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I stopped along the way for a few photos, including one of the Big Lobster. I love Australias fascination with Big things!

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After that I pretty well rode flat out all the way to camp. We made it! It has been a big day and I know that with a few Stones Macs to help me along, that I will sleep well tonight.

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