Americans. They scare me a little. But that’s normal… right?? So, when my phone rang and the elderly American couple asked: “Are you still looking for a ride to Melbourne then?” I was pretty unprepared. I panicked, hyperventilated and said I’d call back.
I was looking for a ride. Or at least I think I was [I generally am confused at all times about what exactly I’m doing.] But I didn’t know where I wanted to go to from the lovely Adelaide or when or how… normally the biggest challenges in a gypsy’s day are working out what to have for lunch. I was ill-prepared.
I returned the call. I accepted. It was set to be a five-day trip to Melbourne in a rental car. By the description, it sounded like five days of fine dining and luxury hotels. It sounded terrifying.
I packed my bag and bid farewell to the Homette (soon to be a great hostel in all of Adelaide – ask for Shane) and O-bahned (the must-do transport experience in Adelaide) into the city thinking that I really should have taken the time to call mum and write a will before heading off on this daunting new adventure.
I walked and walked and walked a little more and took a deep breath. There they were – Nils and Hannah and our Hyundai Getz.
|My elderly Americans… The friendly sort…|
|Little Getzy – our noble steed…|
|Nils (left) and Hannah (Right) – my friendly not-Americans and cheese and more cheese and olives|
|Nils and Max in the Grampians|
We drove. We drove. And drove a little further. Almost half an hour down the road we reached the Maclarenvale wineries and the wine tasting began.
|More of Maclarenvale|
I can’t possibly imagine a better road trip to Melbourne – Great food, great wine, great company, great experiences… the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, white kangaroos, dead kangaroos, a billion beautiful beaches and lots of lamas. How do you beat lamas?
|White kangaroo at Border Town, Victoria|
|One of the many lamas in Port Fairy|
|The German way of dealing with mosquitoes.|
|The start of the Great ocean road|
The moral of the story here – and you should take this to heart – don’t be afraid of Americans. Even if they’re not Americans.