Welcome to Ramblin’ On

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Thank you for visiting our part of cyberspace. We thought it would be fun to document our travel experiences – so enjoy!We have decided to blog our experiences using WordPress.

Visitors can Download files which we have collected and found to be useful from our Downloads page.

We also have a number of Photo Albums. Each time we go away on a trip, we will create a folder where we will upload some of what we hope are the better photos that we have taken. We also have folders for our vehicle, caravan and general photography.

Feel free to browse our web site and use the search facility to ferret out useful information.

We hope you enjoy our web site and that our experience spurs you on to do likewise – whether it be travelling or developing a website.

Great Ocean Road (July 2006)

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Unfortunately our caravan won’t be ready to collect from Dave Benson Caravans until next weekend (22 July 2006).

We were hoping to “break” it in by taking an extended long weekend trip to Warrnambool and then along the Great Ocean Road on to Melbourne. We had already arranged for a few days Annual Leave and had options to stay in motels or in the caravan.

So instead of being in our caravan, we will be staying in motels.

Day 1: 14 Jul 2006

It’s been a bleak Friday in the Riverland. The mercury has hovered around 10 degrees for most of the day and it’s been raining constantly. In some ways I’m glad we don’t have our caravan yet. We have packed our bags in anticipation of an early start. The forecast for the weekend is rain, rain and more rain! Murphy’s Law – whenever you plan to go away, the weather conspires against you.

Day 2: 15 Jul 2006

We departed Berri at 7.30am Saturday morning and it was raining. We arrived at Warrnambool at 5.00pm and you guessed it – it was still raining. We travelled about 700 kilometres for the day and it rained the whole day! The drive was quite exhausting having to factor in additional breaking distances between vehicles and being extra careful as to when to overtake.

Day 3: 16 Jul 2006

We had an early breakfast, filled the car with gas, and were on our way around 9.00am.

We can recommend the Raglan Motor Inn at Warrnambool as a good place to stay if you don’t have a caravan. Did we say it was raining? Well, it did – all day long!

We travelled along the Great Ocean Road and stopped at all the regular tourist viewing spots and took a few photos. Unfortunately the wet weather affected the quality of the photos that we took (rain drops, overcast background, etc.) but it was the middle of winter after all.

Having travelled through Port Campbell we reached the Ottway Ranges and were delayed for over an hour due to a tree falling across the highway. Once this was cleared, we continued on through Apollo Bay, Lorne and Angelsea onto Geelong.

We followed the highway to Melbourne and after getting lost crossing town, finally made it to our accommodation in Coburg around 6.30pm.

The accommodation at the Coburg Motor Inn leaves a lot to be desired. Our room did not have towels, the bathroom was very grotty, the shower head wouldn’t stay up and the water switched between being very hot and very cold.

We would not recommend this motel to anyone!

Day 4: 17 Jul 2006

Monday morning was very foggy and overcast – your typical Melbourne winters day. We took the train from Batman Station to Flinders Street Station and walked over the footbridge to Southbank on the Yarra River. Strolling on down to Crown Casino. After loosing some of our money at the casino, we caught the tram back to Coburg.

We went out for tea at the Drum Hotel and won back what we’d lost at the casino with interest. Our winnings paid for tea with quite a bit left over to splurge on shopping tomorrow.

Day 5: 18 Jul 2006

We drove down to the Victoria Markets Tuesday and spent a few hours looking through all the stalls. Diane picked up some bargains paid for from our winnings from yesterday. We returned to the motel by 3.00pm and decided not to stay for the third night and commenced packing deciding to leave after we finished tea.

We left Melbourne around 7.30pm and arrived back in Berri around 2.30am.

Exhausted but very happy to sleep in our own bed!

Photo Album

Letter Published in the Murray Pioneer

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The local Riverland newspaper “The Murray Pioneer” published an article on 1 August 2006 concerning roadside camping and that it should be made illegal. This view was being promoted by the SA Caravan Parks Association.

I wrote a Letter to the Editor in response which was published today (4 August 2006).

My response went as follows:

Knee-jerk reaction

I REFER to the comments made by the South Australian Caravan Parks Association (Tuesday’s Pioneer) suggestion that free roadside camping is a major threat to their industry and requires assistance from local and state governments to stamp out. It’s a knee-jerk reaction.
If the SA Caravan Parks Association were to offer caravanners wishing to camp overnight a facility which is reasonably priced I am sure there would be a significant reduction in roadside camping.
Fees of $20 a night for an unpowered site are not uncommon.
If an unpowered site could be provided at minimal cost ($5 a night) for ONE night only for caravanners that are essentially travelling through everyone would be happy.
If intending to stay longer normal fees would apply.
The caravan parks would receive a fee which they wouldn’t otherwise have received and the caravanner would have a secure place to stay.
A “win-win” situation for all concerned!

Prodigy Brake Controller

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We are replacing our brake controller with a Prodigy brake controller manufactured by Tekonsha.

I will be arranging for our auto electrician to install the brake controller in the next week or two. The unit came with an instructional mini DVD and a storage pouch. We will be enquirying as to whether additional wiring harnesses are available and may install the harness in our other vehicle so that we can move the brake controller easily between the two vehicles.

We will report further on how it performs.

UHF Channel Guide / Language Used

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Attached to this post is a PDF of UHF channel usage in Australia. As I come across some of the “lingo” used I will update this post.

UHF Channel Guide

If you have a UHF you should use the appropriate channel.

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Truckies “Lingo”

These are some of the comments that I have heard, and what they mean!

  • “Flash for cash” – speed camera,
  • “Hair dryer” – hand held radar,
  • “Cone heads” “Gestapo wankers” – Road Traffic Authority officer,
  • “have a look at you in the …. (van, train, single, etc.)” – going to overtake you,
  • “Copy” or “Copy that” – message understood,
  • “Jobs done” – finsihed overtaking,
  • “Plain [colour) one” – unmarked police car,
  • “Double one” – marked police car,
  • “Shooting … (north, east, west or south) bound” – radar targeting whichever direction traffic,
  • “Barbie” – weighbridge,
  • “Cold Barbie” – weighbridge closed,
  • “Hot Barbie” – weighbridge open,
  • “Come around” – overtake me,
  • “Evil Knievel” – motor cycle police,
  • “Check your … (tailgate or rear door)” – police are behind you,
  • “Doing a job on … (big or little) one” – police booking a truck or a car,