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Monday 24th August '98
Eventually we left my sister's place at about 11:00am. We got petrol in Melbourne (Odometer reading 25886 kms) before we arrived in Geelong at about 12:50pm. After having a pizza slice to keep us going we went to Torquay where we spent FAR TOO LONG looking in the surf wear factory outlets. Finally we made it to the Great Ocean Road.
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We arrived at Angelsea at about 4:00pm and with the intention of being
back in Melbourne by 7:00pm, we continued a little further than Lorne before
turning back. Some sections of the Great Ocean Road were nice to
ride on, but I was disappointed that we didn't have time to go further.
At Lorne we took the "back road" up the range to Deans Marsh, which proved
to be cold. As I was following a car up the range I noticed that
the centre of the road looked slippery (green mossy stuff), so I stayed
in the clean sections of the road (in car tyre's paths). The car
was travelling a little slower than I had hoped, but the road was narrow
with no safe places for 2 bikes to pass. As I checked my mirrors
I noticed that Junko was further behind that before. We made it to
Deans Marsh where Junko told me that her bike was slipping everywhere
and she though she was going to crash badly. I explained that the
road's centre was slippery so I kept off it. She hadn't noticed it.
From Deans Marsh we went through Winchelsea and made it to Geelong as the
night closed in, at about 6:40pm (Odometer reading 26130 kms).
Behind schedule we arrived at my friend's place in Fitzroy at about 8:00pm (instead of 7:00pm).
We had dinner and a chat then arrived back at my sister's place a bit before midnight (before the BMW turned into a pumpkin).
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The ride back wasn't too bad. I stopped at Baccus Marsh for petrol at about 6:10 where I saw a car on a trailer fill up with fuel? "He must get good economy" I thought to myself. Fortunately the wind had died off and we arrived back at Donvale at about 7:30 not as cold as I though we would have been.