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December 30, 2012

Queenscliff craft market and Sorrento by ferry

Rode into Queenscliff to peruse the craft market. Haven’t been there for quite a few years. The sun came out early today and so did every man and their dogs for the market! It’s quite large, many jewellery stalls, some the same as Barwon Heads. Bought some ‘snake oil’ that promises to fix everything from insect bites to carpal tunnel’. Let’s hope it works. Met up with Steph, Rodney, Jen and Daisy at the Lions spinning wheel. They were waiting for number 32 to come up . . . and it did! Proud winners of two fresh crayfish. Very exciting! We wandered around together for a while then they went off to the carnival and I finished perusing the market. 

By then it was 12 noon and I was just in time to catch the ferry to Sorrento. No dolphins on the trip but there was a small boat that got in the way. No damage but it came close. Off the ferry up to the main strip for some more perusing. It was even more busy than Queenscliff. Stopped for a coffee and a famous vanilla slice, so famous I can’t remember the name of the shop. Back on the 3pm ferry.

My accommodation has been everything I needed it to be. I’m staying at Point Lonsdale Cottages in Point Lonsdale Rd, Point Lonsdale. Mine is the back unit with a small deck outside. Great base to ride my bike around. Right on the bike trail. Close to Pt Lonsdale shops and about 5kms from Queenscliff. I can see the giant Christmas tree from my back window. Included are Natio toiletries, fruit, wi-fi, a spa, breakfast provisions and TimTams (I know you’re jealous Gilda). What more could I need?

Rode back into Queenscliff for dinner at Charlie Noble’s at Queenscliff Harbour. It has a lovely view over the marina and a sunny spot to just watch everything/one. Dinner was a cheese platter and tomato gnocchi, just enough.

Can’t believe it’s my last night away. Back to Melbourne and New Year’s Eve tomorrow.

December 28, 2012

Sth Geelong to Point Lonsdale

While Peter’s away in Thailand I thought I’d go away for the weekend to Point Lonsdale. It took a while to find a V/line train though. The timetable said they stop at Newport but no. I tried to get one from North Melbourne but they didn’t stop there either! Finally got one from Footscray!  Train trip was good. Got to Sth Geelong by about 3pm. Found the Bellarine Rail Trail sign okay this time. Pat and I got a bit lost last time we tried. Don’t know where we were looking. It is quite large!

When I left home it was hot with a north wind. By the time I got to Sth Geelong it was cool with a south wind. So no tail wind to help me along. Used my GoPro camera again. Haven’t tried it since I went overseas. Forgot to turn it off though so the battery was dead by the time I got here. Accommodation is nice – a B&B on Point Lonsdale Rd near the big Christmas tree. Walked to dinner at an Italian restaurant in Point Lonsdale. By the time I got back to my room I was so tired I went straight to bed. 

Woke up to pouring rain this morning. This is not my idea of a beach holiday! Rode my bike to have breakfast in Point Lonsdale at the same restaurant as dinner. They are very friendly. A few other bike riders in there as well. It’s a great place to explore by bike. 

Off to Queenscliff after breakfast. Locked my bike up at the Queenscliff Historical Museum. It’s been much improved since I was there last. I was fascinated with the clothes and an enormous quilt from the 1800s. Started watching a video on the area that was really interesting but it went too long. Cruised the shops. The sun finally came out so I was a bit hot in all my bike gear with raincoat! Back to my room to change. Dinner in Point Lonsdale again. Tomorrow I plan to ride to the Barwon Heads market in the morning. Back into Queenscliff by 2pm for a historical walk around the old town. All this exercise is helping me sleep like a log.