The road trip begins

Trip Start Mar 18, 2013
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Trip End Apr 25, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Saturday, April 13, 2013

The sun was streaming in through the window and woke us up, as it has done each day since we arrived in Sydney. My TV reflex kicked in and I started flicking throughout the channels. Woah result, the Masters golf coverage was playing live from Augusta, the time difference was working to our advantage for a change. Sheila couldn't stand the fact that I was engrossed in the golf and she leant across and planted a big kiss on my chops. The smell of salt and vinegar from last nights fish platter was still lingering on my Van Dyke and she homed in for second helpings. I'm thinking that perhaps I should shave off this facial hair as all of the female attention is getting a little tedious. ( all right, I made that bit up in response to Richard and Steve's comments , but the bit about the golf was true ).

Our plan this morning was to catch the ferry over to Manly to get more photos of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and to collect the hire car that has been sitting in the garage belonging to Harry's apartment. It was very busy on the beach today as there was a surfing competition in full paddle, but we were only here to get the car, so we didn't linger.

Driving in Australia is a piece of cake as they drive on the right side of the road - that is the left side and to make it even easier, the hire car is an automatic. However I haven't quite got used to the fact that the indicator stalk is on the opposite side of the steering column to my own car. So, when I want to make a turn I put the wipers on, by mistake. I reckon when I take the car back to the rental return I'll have the cleanest windscreen in the depot.

The journey to Canberra was uneventful. I was determined that I would not get caught speeding like Harry and I set the cruise control at a leisurely 110kph. We were making good progress but when we saw signs for historic Goulburn, the first inland city, we decided we had to stop to take a look. It is another city stuck in a time warp and it was eerily quiet to say it was a Saturday. For the first time on our trip we saw signs of autumn as the leaves on many of the trees were changing colour. The tree lined street leading up to the cathedral could have been lifted from England.

When we were at the museum of modern art in Sydney we saw a collection of photographs which highlighted Australia's fixation with larger than life sculptures of large Aussie icons. We laughed at the photos of 20 foot high kangaroos and gigantic prawns that were part of the collection so when we saw a massive Marino sheep at the side of the road we had to stop to take our own pictures. Cue Welsh jokes.

Since I pointed out that it is the equivalent of October here, Sheila is making a big play on the change of months in the Southern Hemisphere and is expecting a birthday present on the 23rd. So, a big happy Southern Hemisphere birthday to my big sister Jackie. We were going to stop at Grannies Bakery, just south of Goulburn, to celebrate but it was closed so we had a bag of crisps instead. Apologies to Richard, Pam and Neil for missing theirs.

Our hotel in Canberra is a Best Western which is on the outskirts of town. It is a long way from the standard of the Swiss Hotel in Sydney, but I'm paying for this one.
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Comments

Neil on

Let do the time warp again

Richard on

Are you sure you weren't at a Derby County home game? Though Ewe do look small next to your mate!

Neil on

Houston we have sun

Steve on

Keep the van dyke Nige, you look more like Burl Ives by the day, and I hear he is quite big down under (ooh er missus)

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