This post is out of order. Internet has been problematic. I downloaded the start of my first blog (covering the trip from the USA to AUS) from wordpress and will finish it locally and upload later. I’ll start on Melbourne this afternoon (12/5).
We are heading to Kangaroo island on Wednesday for 5 nights! Alicia was able to score us a two bedroom house, fully equipped. A day and half to prepare. So much fun and things to do, so little time write. Oh darn.
First thing you have to do is find Southern Cross Station in Melbourne. That is really NO PROBLEM. Or as the Aussies say, No worries. In Europe, all roads lead to Rome, so they say. In Melbourne, all roads, trams, and busses lead to Southern Cross station.
This area is incredibly busy on weekdays and even more so at rush hour. Public transportation in Melbourne is fantastic. Very few people drive to work. And why would you want to. It’s $15 per day to park your car in a garage downtown. That $15 will buy a lot of tram tickets.
Once you find the platform 2, you’re there. Unless you have luggage. Bring it here.
It’s just to your right and ahead. Check your luggage and return here.
Tuesday and Saturday morning departures at 8:00 am. Which car? Ours was “R”. A conductor will check you in and allow you to board.
Not very busy today, maybe 30 passengers or so.
Onboard is very comfortable. Much more room than on a jet. The cabin is narrow, but there is plenty of room between seats.
And we settled down for the ride. There really isn’t much to see for the first hour or so. The train winds through the business district of Melbourne and tidiness and esthetics are definitely not the first priority. After all of that mess, you run into the countryside. Miles and miles and miles and miles of wheat, oats, barley, beans, canola, hay, and sheep. 4 hours worth.
The country is about as flat as you can imagine. Perhaps 300 miles of farm land. Hardy any watercourses. Water is brought to the surface by windmills and pumps. I ate lunch on board. Fish and chips. Not too bad really, this is most of the way through the meal.
Here is an odd little thing I’d never seen before. A ketchup dispenser. See the little ridge on top? That is where the ketchup comes out. I tried peeling the lid as we do in the US . A little pressure and?…Ketchup shoots strait out and up! I had to wipe my face and nose off. I realized at that point you turn it over and squeeze. Presto, ketchup goes easily on to your chips. It’s actually a better system than trying to fumble with those peel-offs.
Murray bridge. The first bridge built across this river in about 1906 or something like that. I covered car, horses, and rail for many years. It was so popular that the new railroad bridge that we are using was built in 1923.
The remainder of the trip wound through the Adelaide Hills area in dense forest. Pictures were difficult to take. Trees in the foreground blur and spoil the shots.