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Thursday, February 17, 2000
Cowes, Phillip Island to Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia
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Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia:
Latitude: 39° 1' 52" South
Longitude: 146° 18' 57" East
Altitude: 88 feet
From Seattle: 9260 miles
Lodging: Camp - Tidal River

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Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Victoria
Route: Car: A420, M420, B440, C445, C189
Start: Cowes, Phillip Island
Stop 1. Dandenong
End:Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia
Linear:131 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Sunset Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Wombat Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1043
Linear Dist: 204908
Countries Visited: 67
Regions Visited: 253
More stats...
Hotels: 327
Friends / Family: 287
Camping: 121
Hostels: 226
Transit: 68
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3740
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Journal Entry:
Met up with Linda and Jeff (the two Americans that I had offered a ride to), packed the car and loaded in. Then the car wouldn't start. I had been hoping that I could survive a few more days and deal with this when I got back to Melbourne... They took off, and I called the auto electrician again and begged him to help me out - he agreed to drop by quickly. When he showed up he fiddled around and checked the batteries and decided that one of the batteries was shot, and there was something wrong with the alternator. I followed him back to his shop, and spent the next two hours there. He replaced the one battery ($$$...), determined that the rotor was open - translation: I need a new alternator ($$$$$...), then spent and hour on the phone trying to track one down this side of Melbourne. He found one a hundred kilometers up the road with an electrician who could install it for me today, and sent me on my way. I drove up there (at least the car will start with the new battery in it), found the mechanic and spent the next three hours hanging out as he fixed everything. At 5:30 it's fixed and I'm on my way nearly A$550 poorer.

I decide to still head for Wilsons Promontory even though I'm running nearly eight hours later than planned, and I'm an hour farther away. The drive down isn't exciting. The highlight was stopping for diner at Mc Donald's (which would have been a lot more of a highlight if I hadn't had lunch there as well). Got to the park around 7:30, but still had another 30 km to go before getting to the camp ground. The drive was slow because there are a lot of kangaroos and wombats on the road - it's actually pretty stressful. A few kilometers before the camp site I have to pull off for the most incredible sunset (must have taken fifteen photos) - very pink behind this perfect little mountainous island. Pull in the the camp ground and find a site - there are wombats everywhere and they completely ignore people. They look like bear cub sized beavers with koala-like faces. Hung out with the campsite next door (two Canadian guys, an English, and a Dutch) drinking port and talking about traveling (they'd all spent time in Asia, and one of the Canadians had been all around Australia over the last year).


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