|Too good to be true? No! This beast was ours for almost $0!
|The only problem was, the vehicle was to be dropped off in Adelaide, a city 775km west of Melbourne. So the trip got a bit longer when I took a detour to drop off copilot #1 in Melbourne...
|and picked up copilot #2 - Ilona
|We gunned it fast through the blazing hot desert
|stopping only briefly to "step into the past"
|and admire Beaufort's Imperial Egg Gallery.
With the heat of the desert and the rare, broken-down petrol station with a lonely lost traveler as an attendant spurring us forward, we made it in time to park on the shores of one of South Australia's gorgeous long, sandy beaches for the night.
|The next day, we dropped off one the truck and picked up a rental car, which took us back along the coastal route to Melbourne in 1.5 days.
|We saw a dead ringer for the star of the 2011 Australian film, Red Dog. He was testing fate, riding carefully yet eagerly in the back of a moving flat-bed pickup.
|Victoria, at last! The Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles