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Station Pier to Braeside and back to Ashley Gardens

Monday 23 May 2016

Weather in Melbourne was forecast to be 16 degrees but it felt cooler with the breeze. Showers were forecast for later in the day.

We were eventually called to the vehicle deck and were off the ferry by about 7:00 am. From the ferry we headed along Beach Street and Beaconsfield Parade to Glenhuntly Road to reach the Napean Highway which would take us to Braeside, where we arrived at about 7:30 am. We decided to have breakfast at the nearby Red Pillar Cafe before meeting Phil at Trailblazers.

Most of the work on our van had been completed and we waited for one last job to be done before we could leave, We chatted to Phil while we waited and he told us that he now builds more slide-ons and truck campers than 5th wheelers. The fifth wheelers that he does build tend to be heavier off-road versions, and they have the first double axle chassis for a fiver being constructed. He expected the tare weight of a double axle fiver to be in the vicinity of 3.5 tonnes, so a truck or large American Ute would be needed to tow the van.

With the work completed we were hitched up and on our way by about 9:30 am, and headed for the Monash Freeway and the Burnley Tunnel for our trip back to Melbourne and out to Braybrook. The trip was uneventful and we arrived at the Caravan Park at about 10:00 am with Di only once putting on the brakes. We were allocated drive through site 52 which allowed us to stay hitched up as we are only in Melbourne for one night. We spent the next couple of hours transferring food and clothing to the van before visiting Woollies and BWS at the shopping centre next door to the caravan park.

Later in the afternoon we headed into the City to meet up with Kirrily and Ian for dinner at the Duke Hotel which is only a block away from their apartment in Flinders Street. It was good to catch up with them again and we will see then again in September on our way back home.

Posted by TwoAces 01:10

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