“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Day 281 - 9th February, Tuesday. Great Ocean Road to Wye River.

We set off fairly early and went to Teddy’s Lookout which is said to be the best view of the Great Ocean Road from anywhere along it. It was pretty spectacular and had two viewing platforms; one was 100mtrs below the main one and actually gave a better view of the St George River which was our next stop. I covered myself in bug spray, donned the hiking boots and ventured into the forest with my camera. The place was magical; a mob of 6 kangaroos were lazing about in the grass beside the river, one with Joey almost fully grown hanging out of her pouch. A bit further on I stopped on a wooden footbridge to watch the birds having their morning bath in the shallow river pools, and then continued on, chasing a group of electric blue Fairy-wrens through the bushes. I could have walked and wondered all day in there, but frustratingly, the battery on my camera ran out. Time to get to a powered campsite.
We found a posh ‘Big4’ on the Wye River where we checked our email, charged all electrical appliances and met a Swedish Kiwi who told us all about his unsuccessful morning fishing trip, before launching into a rundown of most of Australia’s birdlife, followed by selected bugs, bites and resultant diseases, a few highlights from his knowledge of current astronomy and an invite for us to stay with him at his place in Dunolly. I’m not sure he took a proper breath throughout, I certainly didn’t managed to get more than a few words in at any one point.

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