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Day 3 – 25 March

25 Mar

Oh what a night! 3:30am I was jolted awake by the noise of the boat crashing through, off, into waves. The roller coaster ride was fine. A couple of times I braced myself against the wall to stop myself rolling out of bed. But every time I started to doze off we hit another noisy monster wave – that probably wasn’t very big 🙂

Of course this lack of sleep only affected me. Luckily the driver in this team got a full night’s slumber.

As we were unloading we watched the van in front miss opening his van up on the upper mezzanine deck by millimetres. The deck hands were waving and yelling for him to stop but either he could see he was missing or was oblivious.  We suspect oblivious, so pay attention to the staff, they are there to make sure you don’t damage your pride and joy.

Our biggest mishap was getting in the wrong lane at a set of lights. We were being forced into a right turn. So I popped out and asked the car driver beside us to let us go first and pull an illegal lane change in front of him when the lights changed. Poor man, must have thought I was trying to rob him at first. But eventually he rolled down his window.

Our stop tonight was at the Top Park in Braybrook. They were lovely, let us check in early and had a drive-through site, perfect.

Even better, the bus to the city is across the road and Woolworths is next door.

We headed in to the Gallery to see the Escher Exhibition. If you are in Victoria don’t miss it. It was awesome. We spent nearly 3 hours there.

Back at the van dinner was cooked definitely glamping style using my thermomix. I’m sure by the end of this trip I will have my bbq skills much improved.

Day 2 – 24 March

24 Mar

After a comfortable night spent free camping by the Elizabeth River at Campbelltown we slowly packed up and started meandering towards Devonport.

Just after we hit the road a text arrived from TTLine to say our departure had been delayed. Boarding would now commence at 8:15pm. Ok, gives us plenty of time to find KMart for a couple of shelf dividers. 🙂

We thought arriving in Devonport on a Sunday would mean plenty of available parking. What we didn’t know about, was the car show and blocked streets and parking being in high demand. Oops. We now know that our setup needs three empty car spaces on the side of the road.

After completing our shopping we were faced with a four hour wait until check-in opened. This is when we discovered another advantage of caravanning over camping. Rather than sitting in the car listening to the radio, we hopped in the van, made a cup of tea, connected the TV and continued our Game of Thrones initiation started last night. Certainly makes the waiting time pass easier 🙂

In hindsight we should have watched another episode of GoT, as when we got to check-in the staff were scrambling to find parking for everyone. I think they actually opened check-in early as there was not enough space and vans were queuing in the street.

Check-in went smoothly but a word of warning, check your measurements. If you are close to the marks they have on the pavement they get out and run a very long tape measure over you. We passed. 🙂

Even though I’ve travelled on the SoT a number of times, it was more nerve wracking with the van. That loading ramp sure seemed higher, steeper and narrower than before. 🙂

We loaded safely and tucked ourselves in for what was predicted to be a bumpy ride.