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Monday, February 28, 2000
Devonport, Tas to Torquay, Vic, Australia
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Torquay, Vic, Australia:
Latitude: 38° 19' 48" South
Longitude: 144° 18' 57" East
Altitude: 91 feet
From Seattle: 9312 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Bells Beach Backpackers

Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Victoria
Route: Ferry - Spirit of Tasmania: Devonport - Melbourne; Car: Princes Highway (M1), Surfcoast Highway (B100)
Start: Devonport, Tas
Stop 1. Melbourne
End:Torquay, Vic, Australia
Linear:322 miles
Weather: Overcast / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1054
Linear Dist: 206338
Countries Visited: 67
Regions Visited: 254
More stats...
Hotels: 330
Friends / Family: 287
Camping: 121
Hostels: 233
Transit: 69
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3769

Journal Entry:
Spent the morning trying to sleep then lounging around bored or working on a program. The ferry got in to Melbourne right on time at three. I went in to the city to check email at an internet cafe. I was only planning on getting a hour or so down the coast so I wasn't in any huge hurry. Did the internet, got on my way and had to deal with traffic. I got about fifteen minutes out of town and realized I'd left my pull-over at the cafe. Almost decided to leave it but then got turned around and headed back into the city - and some of the worst traffic I've ever delt with. It took me just over an hour to get back to the city center - then I had to park... By the time I got my shirt back and was on my way out of the city again I had wasted over two hours!

Luckily the drive wasn't long or difficult. I quickly found a backpackers in Torquay. One of the bottles of wine that I bought at Margret River has leaked (probably too hot in the car) so I decided to see if it had gone bad - it hadn't, so I drank it in front of the TV. After I finished the bottle I started talking with a big group and it seemed natural to open another bottle - I know I'll be thankful tomorrow that I shared the second one!

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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