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Day 148 - Sunday 30 September 2012

Melbourne

We packed up the van and moved it into the storage area for the day, as we will not be catching the ferry until this evening.

Moved to the storage yard

Moved to the storage yard

After locking up the van for the day with the fridge running on gas, we caught a cab into the city to meet Kirrily at Southbank for brunch.

Yarra River from Princes Bridge

Yarra River from Princes Bridge

Public art work on Southbank

Public art work on Southbank

Street performer at Southbank

Street performer at Southbank

Di with Kirrily at Southbank

Di with Kirrily at Southbank

After brunch we walked into the city to Haigh's Chocolate Shop and then into Myers.

Haig's Chocolate Shop

Haig's Chocolate Shop

Bourke Street Mall

Bourke Street Mall

After a bit of shopping with Kirrily we said our goodbyes and Kirrily went off to meet some friends for lunch, while we made our way back to the caravan park. At about 3:00 pm we headed off in the van and drove to our usual waiting spot on Beaconsfield Parade along with several other vans waiting for boarding to start at 5:00 pm. While we were waiting we walked across the road to the Beach Hotel for a couple of drinks - the hotel was quite crowded with people waiting to watch the Rugby League Grand Final.

At about 5:00 pm we went back to our van and drove the short distance to Station Pier and joined the queue waiting to board
Spirit of Tasmania 11. The car in the queue in front of us obviously had serious engine problems as he moved along in a great cloud of steam, and on one occasion got out and added about three litres of water to his car radiator. We thought that he would be lucky to make it to the boat, let alone see Tassie and then drive back to WA.

Waiting to board Spirit of Tasmania 11

Waiting to board Spirit of Tasmania 11

WA traveller with engine problems

WA traveller with engine problems

We ended up on the main truck deck and noticed the general lack of trucks - only about three semi-trailers on deck 3. As we were getting our things out of the car a familiar face drove past and parked next door to us on the truck deck - Kevin and Maris Coates on their way home from Queensland were they had been for the winter. They have 2 children in Queensland - at Maroochydore and the Gold Coast, and two children in Tasmania. We caught up with them again in the lounge and compared notes since we had last seen them. Kevin worked in the PMG's Department/Telecom with David many years ago, before taking on dairy farming.

After 29 years of dairy farming, Kevin retired about 5 years ago, sold the farm and moved to Scottsdale. Like us they have been running away from the winter in a caravan for a few years, and now just go to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, having seen most of the country on previuos trips. Maris said to send a special hello to her good friend Neil Harwood.

We had a good trip across Bass Strait with only a very slight rolling motion.

Posted by TwoAces 18:20

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