Farewell Faye,Hello/goodbye Adelaide.Melbourne bound
Jan 3, 2005
|we rose early today, and gathered our things together,shoehorning them into two cases and two carry on cases, we were due to catch a plane at 10am from Perth to Adelaide, and whilst we were looking forward to 18 days of campervan travel we were sad to be leaving Fayes place where we had enjoyed such splendid hospitality,meeting Fayes family and friends over the christmas and newyear period, and not forgetting Father John,. his penchant for fireworks and colourful facial adornment.
Fayes granddaughter Shelby has been accepted to continue her balletic studies at The national Australian ballet school in Melbourne, having met her and seen her dancing we are confident that she will do well, and we look forward to seeing her grace the stage at Covent Garden at some future date.
we survived a taxi ride in Adelaide, mercifally short , we knew the boot was open and our baggage vulnerable , so with the taxi driver doing his best to emulate Stirling Moss, we were glad to arrive at the camper hirers, at all.
Then we discovered that the supermarket would close on 30mins, so we scooted over there and did our food shopping,before heading out of Adelaide in the direction of Victor Harbor south of Adelaide.
we decided on a site at nearby Port Elliot at Horseshoe bay, when we arrived they had one pitch left for one night only.
The site affords 200 pitches, and we had the last one.
We are thinking this Camper is better than the previous one dispite being the same model,certain features of layout and function, which I won't bore you with here.
Having had a substantial breakfast with Faye we did not eat again till 8pm,at our site, except for an icecrem, on the plane.
They did offer us a meal soon after take off,because they were on Adelaide time,ie,2hrs 30mins ahead of our stomachs, so we declined.
From Adelaide to Port Elliot, we passed through lots of rolling hills which seemed greener , its wine growing country here, and the campsite is at bursting point, because its the height of the season here, people are on holiday for newyear, we hope this effect abates somewhat over the coming days, it will make finding a site a little easier at the end of each days travel.Before darkness descended, we walked on the beach, its straight off the campsite,to a beach which looks fairly safe, with some good waves for trainie surfers, we both remarked on how when Robin and Paul were younger such a place would have been ideal to pitch up at with our caravan.
3rd Jan We left our site at 8:45am , and drove south for Wellington, where we knew a ferry could take us across the river, when we got there it was only a short wait, and then we drove on, Graeme had set up the video camera on the dash board, and quite by chance we got to be in the front rank of the second row, thus affording a good view of the transition across the river.
After this we continued south through flat saltmarshy type scenery, the roads being very straight we were able to make good time, and at one break stop were able to video Emu's wandering across a vast salt marsh lake, looking a bit forlorn.It had been thundering and lightening just prior to this, and we later drove through a rainstorm.
When we arrived at our chosen site the manager was unusually helpful and accompanied us to the pitch he had marked out and even spread a cover on the ground outside our door, it then became apparent that we had our own toilet and shower, a luxury we have not seen elsewhere.