Day 151 – Melbourne to Lakes Entrance -
Dec 19, 2009
|We now had a single focus - home!
Its been a long trip and home seems remarkably close now we are in Melbourne. Its only an hours flying time away (hard to check the caravan in on a Jetstar flight) so it feels very close. This morning we headed straight out of Melbourne on the M1 and in the process successfully avoided any major Melbourne roads. Saturday morning traffic probably helped.
The original plan was to wander down to Philip Island and Wilsons prom. With the new ‘head for home’ approach they got quickly dropped so it was straight through Taralgon, Sale etc. Sale was planned as the lunch stop but as we pulled into town a quick look into the back seat revealed both boys sound asleep so we kept on driving.
Lunch was a quick stop in a town by the name of Stratford. No Avon river or Shakespeare to be found but a park with a set of swings and a couple of slides was far more appealing to the , now awake, back seat passengers.
Pulling out of Stratford I noticed a guy in my rear vision mirrors driving a Holden W427. Very impressive, it is the most powerful and most expensive Holden’s ever built. That 7 litre V8 didn’t do him any good when someone clown pulled their Jayco Expanda out in front of him and stayed at 90kmh for the next 10kms until the overtaking lane. When he did pass me, he was moving pretty quick but I still had a smile on my face
So far we had managed to avoid the school holidays crush, mainly by being very remote when they happened. Once we got to Lakes entrance we realised the school holidays had truly kicked in in Victoria. The place was absolutely full of kids. Fortunately we did get a spot in the park which was cleverly designed to allow about 25 vans to back onto a circle that contains the the playground, jumping pillow and BBQ’s. Heaven for a lot of small kids to play.
Ev spent hours practicing his AFL skills which was probably appropriately as this was our last night in Victoria
The other way to tell its school holidays is the caravan park rates. $55 for a van site and – not since Cairns (remember the place had its own mini golf course, outdoor cinema, restaurant and Australia’s largest jumping pillow) have we paid as much for what is effectively a patch of grass, an extension cord and sometimes a drainage pipe.
Because we have a few long ish days in the car we let the boys play all afternoon on the jumping pillow and the playground and did not explore the area. About 15 kids were there so Ev made plenty of new friends which made for a fairly easy afternoon of parenting. Lakes Entrance looked like it had a lot to offer and if we were early in the trip we would have spent time exploring. At this stage Fatigue has kicked in.
I also had the realisation tonight that I had passed the last Bunnings in Victoria. It is with great regret that I have to accept the fact I did not manage to get to a Bunnings in every state. Yes, careless is the only word for it. You have to leave something for next time don’t you.