Great Ocean Road – Adelaide, South Australia, to Leopold, Victoria, April 2-4, 2009

David, Jeannette & Robin Jarman having breakfast in Tailem Bend, as we start our journey toward the Great Ocean Road
David, Jeannette & Robin Jarman having breakfast in Tailem Bend, as we start our journey toward the Great Ocean Road

More than three weeks have passed since we traveled the Great Ocean Road with David, Robin’s twin, and his wife, Jeannette. Perhaps that’s a blessing, as the days were so packed with impressions and sights I might have rambled on even longer than usual, trying to capture the rocky beaches, the crashing waves, the surfers, the winding roads, and – best of all – the hours spent in good company.

The Great Ocean Road Trip was to be our last journey with David and Jeannette, at least for this sojourn in Australia. David is the inveterate tour guide. His enthusiasm for every corner of this great land competes with the unhappy realities of time limitations. As we passed one signpost after another, bent on reaching the next highlight of the journey, he would wax eloquent about the delights down the untaken road and then sigh, “but we don’t have enough time for that.”

And now, as I write, I remind myself that a complete detailing would tax the patience of anyone reading this blog. So I shall content myself with a few highlights, sighing each time I omit something, “but no one would have time to read all that.”

Michelle Jarman and her dad in Leopold, west of Melbourne
Michelle Jarman and her dad in Leopold, west of Melbourne

The journey began in Adelaide, well before the “real” Great Ocean Road, and ended in Leopold, outside Geelong, west of Melbourne. It was a sad farewell to David and Jeannette but a happy reunion with Robin’s daughter, Michelle, and her partner, Mim, who had driven from Melbourne to retrieve us.

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