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Friday, February 18, 2000
Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park to Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Melbourne, Vic, Australia:
Latitude: 37° 49' 50" South
Longitude: 144° 59' 59" East
Altitude: 142 feet
From Seattle: 9235 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Hotel BakPak

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Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Victoria
Route: Car: C189, C445, C444, A440, M420, M1
Start: Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park
Stop 1. Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park
End:Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Linear:118 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny - Hot!

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Red beach rocks Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Red beach rocks Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Beach Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

Beach Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Vic, Australia

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1044
Linear Dist: 205026
Countries Visited: 67
Regions Visited: 253
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Hotels: 327
Friends / Family: 287
Camping: 121
Hostels: 227
Transit: 68
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3743
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Journal Entry:
Up early - the tent gets hot! (next time need to consider where the sun is going to come up). Packed, Showered, checked in and out (I got to the camp site after hours last night), and did the short hike to Squeaky Beach. The beach was spectacular - striking red rocks, pure white sand, bright green vegetation, and blue water! Went for a great body surfing session and just hung out in the sun. Eventually these huge biting flies won and drove me away.

Drove back to Melbourne - Took country roads most of the way so I got lost a few times, but it was pretty. In Melbourne had to try a couple places before I found a backpackers with space available. I was getting pretty desperate, so I gave in and did laundry.

Walked into the city center for diner (while doing laundry realized I hadn't had anything to eat yet today - and was instantly starving). Stopped in a surplus store just to look around and ended up buying a camp chair and a travel pillow - the two things I was missing most camping last night. Had diner at Pizza Hut - not good, but the all you can eat buffet was just what I needed. Hit the internet cafe and finally moved the rest of my web pages over to my permanent domain name OnHiatus.com - my wolfenet page is now a thing of the past.

Went down to the hostel bar for a few beers. It's weird, it's been a long time since I've hung out in a hostel type bar by myself (Turkey?) - everyone looked like they were twelve, and I just felt out of place. The room was stifling hot and I didn't get very much sleep. I obviously wasn't the only one hot - when I walked in I did a double take as one of the girls in my dorm room was stark naked on top of her covers.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Melbourne
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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