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Edwins Bicycle Tour Downunder
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Tuesday 13 February. Apollo Bay to Lorne. Koala Hunt Day.

Today weather was perfect, sunny all day with light winds and temperatures up to 33C.

We had a caf? breakfast and then met up with Lewis who was riding with us for the day. We headed out of town on the Great Ocean Road which for this days section closely followed the coast with great sea views.

There were gentle ups and downs with the road descending to bays and climbing part way up cliffs overlooking an azure blue sea.

Soon after entering the Wongarra State Park just before Kennett River we saw a Koala Bear traffic jam at a layby. We had been told by various people including the lady at Fauna Australia to expect wild Koalas in this area. We started the days first Koala Hunt (Strictly photographic)

There were about 15 Koalas in eucalyptus trees either side of the road and obviously a well known stop with paths among the trees. Most of the Koalas were asleep up in the trees but a few were active and reaching for leaves. We climbed a roadside bank to get a close view of one.

Then down to Kennett River for lunch at the Koala Cove Caf?. The location was very good but the caf? was the most cyclists unfriendly we had encountered in Australia with signs warning of no bike parking in front of the caf?. This was something we had never before encountered in Australia. They also refused to fill Lewis's water bottle.

After lunch we set out on our second Koala hunt of the day. There was one up a tree in the garden of the caf? and more up a gravelled track into the woods. We settled to relax on a grassy spot at the base of a tree where a Koala slumbered. There was a bit of excitement when some Koalas started waking up and moving around in the trees of the adjacent caravan park and a lot more shutters were clicked.

During the day I took 99 digital pictures of Koalas and about 30 slides!!

We moved on about 3 miles to stop for a tea (ice cream) break at a shop at Wye River. There were a few mutterings from some about the day being too easy but Peter W found it just right.

We continued with the scenic coast on one side and the remote forest of the Angahook Lorne State Park on the other side. We stopped at the viewpoint at Mount Defiance and I set the digital camera up on a mini tripod with a timer for a group picture. Then on to Lorne and our Motel.

29 miles for the day and 1082 ft of climb.


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