Sorry for the delayed posts, this one was written 23 of March, 2009. MANY more to come this week as I am finally settled into my house and am beginning to find consistency in my schedule…
All the way over to Freo (Fremantle, WA) now! I had a great and exciting time in Melbourne and The Great Ocean Road! Tiger and I spent 2.5 days touring the south shore of the State of Victoria. We ran the flat beaches of Torquay, the host of the World Pro Surf Championships, which are in two weeks. Driving the Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Apollo Bay was crazy – many turns that were a suggested 35KM’s an hour with the cliff walls to the right and the crashing ocean waves below to the left.
Check my Facebook (if you have Facebook) for a video of the thrilling and twisty drive! Near Port Campbell were the 12 Apostles, which are 12 giant limestone structures in the ocean formed by thousands of years of crashing waves wearing away soft limestone around the remaining free-standing limestone. As well, there was the Lock Ard Gorge, which is such a deep inlet (tall and inland) that we could hike down to the water and see the limestone walls from another perspective. Annually the waves wear 2 centimeters of the limestone cliffs away; it has been many years of work to etch out the 65 meter tall Apostles. Another favorite of the Great Ocean Road trip was the Otway Fly (a treetop walk) in the Otway National Forest; I have now been on two of the world’s steel-structured free-standing elevated walks. All three are in Australia, and the other I have been on is near my future home in Denmark, Western Australia, where I will be living, working, playing footy and becoming a part of the community starting Sunday the 29th.
Another event of the drive was stopping for a hike in the ravine of Triplet Falls and at Hopetoun Falls Tiger and I took turns jumping into the freezing cold water just to come back up screaming like little school girls. The aftermath proved that the dip was refreshing and worth-while. We slept a night at famous Bimbi Park under the Koala Bears that live in the trees of the Victorian coastline.