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September 2013

Melbourne - Day 2

Day 123 - Thursday 12 September 2013

Still showery in Melbourne this morning with a temperature range of 6 to 13 degrees - we are getting acclimatised for Hobart next week.

This morning we headed for Safety Daves at Moorabbin to try and get a replacement Reversing Mirror/Screen for our reversing camera system. The unit we have has been causing problems for some time and the screen broke while David was attempting a fix. Dave Cooper told me that they no longer sold the unit we have as it had caused a lot of problems, but he thought that he might still had a few old units that might still work. When tested none of the old units would work - probably they have Chinese time bombs to disable them when the warranty runs out. He ended up selling me a newer better unit at a discounted price, so we are happy. Only problem is the connectors do not match the old unit so we will have to get an auto electrician to sort it out when we get home.

This afternoon we drove to Northcote to see David's sister Louise. The trip should have taken about 30 minutes, but ended up taking about 45 minutes because of road closures for a fire in Georges Road. Louise was all organised and pleased to see us with nibbles for afternoon tea. They went well with the bottle of wine that we had taken. She also had lots of photos to show us of her grand-daughter Isla who is now three and a half months old. Louse is looking forward to going to Hobart in November to meet her. Zoe and Simon live at Dodges Ferry. We stayed for about an hour and a half chatting and comparing notes, which meant we had to battle the peak hour traffic on the way back to the caravan park - the return journey took an hour and a quarter.

By the way - Happy Birthday Frosty! But get ready for the cool weather it is going down to 3 degrees in Melbourne tonight.

No photos again.

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Melbourne - Day 1

Day 122 - Wednesday 11 September 2013

A bit of rain overnight and showers forecast for today with a temperature range of 7 to 15 degrees.

Today we headed for the Chadstone Shopping Centre so Di could get her shopping fix in the big smoke. David went into the Telstra shop to try and sort out his phone. The data usage had spiked for no apparent reason the other day - 450 kb overnight, but Telstra say that they are unable to provide details of internet browsing history to identify the offending apps that might be using up the data allowance. The phone is also running the battery down very quickly so we will have to give Telstra a bit of grief next week when we get home. Problem solved for now by turning off the data network mode.

No photos today.

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Rutherglen to Melbourne

Day 121 - Tuesday 10 September 2013

Rutherglen was cool and cloudy this morning with a forecast temperature range of 6 to 17 degrees. The forecast for Melbourne was partly cloudy with a shower and a temperature range of 9 to 17 degrees.

Early this morning there was a little very fine misty rain but it had cleared up by the time we came to pack up. We got away about 9:00 am for our 290 km trip to Melbourne via the Hume Freeway and the Western Ring Road and stopped in a rest area at about 11:00 am for a morning coffee. We arrived at the Ashley Gardens Caravan Park in Braybrook at about 1:00 pm and checked in for 4 nights. We are on a drive through site and we did a fairly basic set-up without the awning as the weather is a little cool and showery (it must be Melbourne) and we don't expect to be sitting outside.

That evening we went into the City to meet Kirrily for dinner at Il Bacaro, a very nice Italian restaurant in Little Collins Street. We all had porcini mushrooms for entrée, Kirrily had pasta with Moreton Bay Bugs, Di had veal with a lentil based sauce, and David Back-strap of rabbit rolled and stuffed, and wrapped in prosciutto. The waiter suggested a Ulithorne 2010 Frux Frugis Shiraz from McLaren Vale - an excellent choice. We finished off with a shared cheese platter. All in all an excellent meal made better when Kirrily shouted as she had recently received a bonus and was feeling flush with funds.

No photos today.

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Rutherglen

Day 120 - Monday 9 September 2013

Mostly sunny in Rutherglen with a temperature range of 12 to 25 degrees.

No Australian newspapers in either Rutherglen or Corowa today - what's going on! We had lunch at the local bakery today before going to Campbell's Winery to sample some of their wares, and to buy a few bottles of their best wines.

Leopard Main Battle Tank in Rutherglen's Memorial Park

Leopard Main Battle Tank in Rutherglen's Memorial Park

Campbell's Winery, Rutherglen

Campbell's Winery, Rutherglen

Campbell's tasting room

Campbell's tasting room

Campbell's barrel room

Campbell's barrel room

Amelie, the Campbell's Winery cat

Amelie, the Campbell's Winery cat

View of Lake King from our site at Rutherglen

View of Lake King from our site at Rutherglen

Ducks on Lake King

Ducks on Lake King

The Blue Heeler having a rest

The Blue Heeler having a rest

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Moss Vale to Rutherglen

Day 119 - Sunday 8 September 2013

A little cooler today in Moss Vale with forecast temperatures of 10 to 18 degrees and cloudy. Rutherglen sunny and 7 to 19 degrees.

Today was a big day in the saddle with a trip of 475 km from Moss Vale to Rutherglen. We got away from Moss Vale at about 9:00 am and stopped at about 11:00 am for a morning coffee at the Yass Service Centre. We stopped for fuel at Gundagai and had lunch at Maccas at about 1:00 pm. We stopped again in a rest area near Holsworthy for another drink stop. We eventually arrived at Rutherglen at about 4:15 pm and booked in for 2 nights.

Traffic on the Hume Freeway was very light with only a few trucks to contend with, but as it is all dual carriage way its all pretty easy. The countryside between Moss Vale and Rutherglen is very green and lush with occasional patches of yellow canola nearly ready for harvest. The Hume Freeway now completely bypasses Albury and Wodonga and makes the trip much easier than it used to be a few years ago.

No Photos today.

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