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Motorhome Travels - December 2007

15/12/2007

Victoria - at last we have made it to Victoria. Everybody we talk to about the state comments on the weather... it really is quite different from the rest of the country. Hot and dry one day then cold and raining the next.

The end of the road - Lake Eldon - [Click for a Larger Image]
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The end of the road - Lake Eldon

After spending a few days camped on the banks of the Murray River near Tocumwal we headed south and camped close to the dam at Lake Eildon. Tracey's 40th birthday was spent fishing on the lake. The road through the Great Dividing Range is quite stunning with winding roads and tall trees on each side. When we have time we will be coming back to have a better look around.

As we came closer to Melbourne the effects of "city stress" could be seen in the actions and impatience of the drivers. In the city nobody has time to wait for a big white motorhome to get out of the way!  Geelong is really just another big city - but it does seem to have a more relaxed feel to it.

Frankston Pier, Vic - [Click for a Larger Image]
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Frankston Pier, Vic

We were told that it is Australia's largest non-capital city. We were lucky enough to find a place to park up for a few days which allowed us to get the things done that we needed to do in Geelong.

From Geelong we headed back into the big city of Melbourne then out the other side to visit Elspeth (now Dr Gold!) who lives in Frankston (about 30km out of Melbourne). We caught up for a BBQ and a few drinks at the Frankston Pier - this is a wonderful sea-side area that is the centre of the local beach activity.

 

We need to do some work on the motorhome steering and have decided to have power steering fitted at the same time. It is really a bit of a luxury (that we probably can't afford) - but this is the best place in the country to do it and we are here. I have arranged that I will do most of the work with the mechanic supervising. We are booked into his workshop on Monday morning and we should hopefully be out of there by Thursday midday for an appointment with the wheel alignment people on Thursday afternoon. I get the feeling that it is going to be a busy week!

We have to get some work done on the diff - unfortunately the diff specialists are fully booked until next year - we will just have to go bush for Xmas then come back!

 

 

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