Day 1: Melbourne to Bordertown
Well today was my first day ‘on the road’ and what a journey it has been. Left Yarraville about 10.30am after staying at my daughter Amy’s friends Claire and James’ lovely Air BNB http://abnb.me/vESf7J6R9L for the night. Had a little farewell party to start the day with good friend Gabi arriving with delicious banana cake.
True to form, Melbourne weather started off rather dismally, and the rain followed me to Ballarat, where the temperature actually dropped to 7 degrees and it was starting to hail!! Visibility zilch!
However, stalwart Bluebird hung on grimly and performed superbly all the way to Bordertown despite being buffeted by really strong winds most of the journey.
Funny how you can get so used to being in the city and not saying hello to strangers … I almost did a double take when I got a friendly “Gidday” from someone today. Maybe it’s travel that changes people, or maybe it’s just being in more of a country environment, but I like it a lot.
The countryside changes considerably as the photo below shows in the Wimmera region – so dry and scrubby I thought it merited a photo.
Definitely worth stopping for a look were the painted grain silos at Coonalpyn – absolutely brilliant works of art.
There are two ladies travelling together staying in the cabin next to mine. They are driving a very large off road vehicle and are heading to Tasmania.
Went for a walk around Bordertown and it is pretty much deserted. I guess that it’s famous primarily for being the birthplace of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke!!
Discovered that both the ladies’ cabin and mine have very squeaky floors and strangely enough, we have both managed to set off the fire alarms! Mine went off just when I cooked a piece of toast in the toaster – so there was a great deal of getting the nearest chair into position and some ferocious stabbing at the smoke detector to stop the screeching!!
Loving listening to CD I purchased at The Peninsula Folk Club in Frankston by Suzette Herft https://www.facebook.com/SuzetteHerftMusic. Especially her song The Caged Bird Sings. Thank you Suzette, I’m so glad I got to hear you sing in person.
Next I’m off to Port Pirie …