Saturday, 20 September 2014

G Adventures - Day 3 19-09-14

Early wake up times are going to be a regular event on this trip it seems but I feel this is how we will be loading as much as possible into our days as possible. Falling asleep on the bus is becoming inevitable and now we are all getting up to mischief taking selfies of those that do fall asleep, I think this shows how well our group has bonded in such a short time.

We headed back up into the Grampians this morning for a 4k walk to the pinnacle up a really steep incline and let me just say that I am definitely not as fit as I thought I was. The sun stayed out though so this was definitely a bonus after two days of bitterly cold winds. The pinnacle itself when you get to the top gave us unparalleled views over Grampians National Park so if you are ever in the area definitely do is walk.

Today was largely a driving day as we had to cover huge distances with little in the way of stop offs I between to make sure we reached Mount Gambier for the evening. We stopped in Horsham to buy some food and supplies but not much in the lines of fresh fruit and veg today as we were going to cross the state line into South Australia and they have a quarantine. The scenery change dramatically from tree lined lanes into country roads surrounded by vineyards and farms with fields that rolled on for what seemed like miles.

In Mt. Gambier we visited a sink hole that has been made into a garden, which was really quite stunning and the Blue Lake, which unfortunately because it is winter here wasn't as blue as it can be but was still impressive nether-the-less. Our accommodation for the night was an old Gaol that has been remade into boutique backpacker accommodation and was really impressive. Our host actually live in the accommodation with their two children and met us to give the group a guided tour around the gaol and explain what all the rooms were originally used as. They even cooked us a really tasty vegetable soup made from fresh vegetables in their garden.

Before dinner we took a walk around a local nature reserve that was only build a year ago, so there weren't many animals yet mainly birds but I did spot one kangaroo. We spent the evening in a common room playing card games like "cheat" and using the free wifi to try to contact people before we lose our signals and free wifi after Adelaide.

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