Posts tagged ‘gopro’

June 26, 2013

25 June 2013 Luganville-Santo

Pulled into Luganville to a marching band playing Waltzing Matilda and doing the macarena. Market stalls set up along he street to the town.
Pat and I got the mini bus to the ‘Canoe the Riri River’ tour. There was a long wait to get in a canoe with constant tours going through.
Glided silently through the water seeing the bottom clearly with jungle on either side. Swam in a beautiful brilliant blue water hole. We swim around a while and I try out the GoPro underwater. Nearly lose it as it comes off my head. Grab it just in time or it would have went to the bottom of the 30m pool! Others jumped in from a rope hanging in a tree. Pat and I took a walk around the site. Our guide offered to show us around including where the fresh water spring starts. The tree roots run along the ground like vines. We saw a brilliant yellow spider, luminous lizards, indigenous cabbage. It was a personalised tour as he comes from the area and showed us things we would never have noticed. Back into the canoes to the start where the vans are waiting to take us back to the ship.
We have lunch and immediately go out again to see the town. Catch a taxi but could have walked the distance it’s so short. That was a quick $5. See a frangipani tree in the street with a fern growing in it. Walked along to Unity Park where Sarakata River is and see the Chief’s Nakamal now a cafe. On to the fruit and veg market where they use woven baskets for storage. See a real estate agent with houses available for $2.2M AUD. Walked back along the street to the market for last minute gifts. Plenty of locals are singing for donations.
Have dinner at Waterfront Restaurant. Felix the waiter amuses us with his antics. After we collect more photos from the cruise and a photo album to put them in. We have heaps. Went to Connexions to listen to the band but I was so tired I went to bed at 9pm.

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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.