Chapter 18

Return to travel in 2003.

Thursday 30th January 2003, (Melbourne).

Our boat trip back to Melbourne last evening was one with a difference and one we will remember. We had a trip over by booking seats only rather than a cabin, mainly due to the cost difference, and are wondering whether it was worth the savings. Our trip over to Tassie was of the same nature as having seats, but with us changing out travel date, we ended up on a day trip and we only sat around anyway. This trip was different though as we intended to sleep overnight, as one would normally, and found that the seats are not really designed for sleeping in and we suffered with tiredness all day today so we are looking forward to a good night tonight. Next time we travel on the boat we will again look back on this trip and evaluate then whether it is worth taking the seats to save money, or lash out and take a cabin to possibly get a good nights sleep. We have had a few good reports on the cabins on these boats so this may be a big influence on our decision.

Another bad feature of the trip times of the new boats is that when we arrived at the caravan park in Melbourne, even though we had a booking, we were too early, 8:30 am, and had to wait for others to vacate the site allocated to us. These 2 hours turned out to be costly because when we finally placed the van on site we were into a rainy period and got wet setting up.

We had originally planned on staying here for four days before moving on to Shepparton but have now booked in for five to give us enough time to do what we intend while here. We have several visits to make to see the family in the area because it will be a while before we will be back, and we have to go the movies and use the Gold Pass that Narrelle gave us so we don’t waste it.