Sydney to Coffs
October 24, 1998
Group Grope.. er, Pic!
We all got up early that morning for breakfast and to meet the bus for an
early breakfast and a trip to Mrs. MacQuarie's Point (a rock a the end of Farm Cove across
from the Opera House) to take a group photo
with both the Opera House and the Sydney Bridge in the background. The day was still
beautiful, so we got a GREAT shot! We also met Greg, fellow tour leader and official
Driver Of The Bus for our trip.
Mrs. MacQuarie's Point is so named because that is the spot she would sit in and watch the
ships, or something along those lines. There's even a plaque.
End Trivia Bit
We drove out through Sydney, pointing out some of the
sights and the construction crews working away. I heard that all the construction
must be finished about 6 months before the Olympics, or the building must be torn down and
covered over with trees! Don't know how true this is, but it certainly sounds like
On the way to Coffs Harbour, we had to stand up and introduce ourselves,
and either tell everyone a) a joke, b) favorite drink, or c) you sexual fantasy. I
went for the joke, myself, but I heard all sorts of
other interesting stories about psycho girlfriends, sexual escapades, and the fact that it
seemed a bunch of the girls wanted to ball the bus driver.
THIS is gonna be an interesting trip...
It's a long way to Tippararry....
It was a long drive up to Coffs Harbour, and we picked up a few new
crewmembers here and there at various hotels, so the bus was pretty full! But it was
fun talking to everyone and making new friends. Everyone was very friendly and easy
to talk to. There was quite the diverse crew, too: there were people from England,
Scotland, South Africa, Germany, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, and one lone Ozzie!
The scenery on the trip didn't seem to "foreign": in fact, it
reminded me a lot of Pennsylvania. A lot of the trees and fields seemed the same (at
least at a quick glance) as driving down the Penn Turnpike. Of course, the fact that
we were driving on the left side of the road and the occasional herd (pod? flock? pack?
whatever) of kangaroos reminded me that I was far from home.
When we finally got to Coffs Harbour, it was amazing! The Nautilus
Resort was *really* cool, with rooms that had microwaves, fridge, two bathrooms,
washer/dryer (and you appreciate those after a while on travel), really cool!
That night everyone had dinner in the main dining room: you could hear the ocean waves
roar just outside. I sat and talked with several of my fellow travellers, trying to
get to know everyone by name (I'm utterly TERRIBLE at names...) Later I took a walk
and just listened to the surf crashing down.
That night I started feeling a bit woozy, probably due to my sunburn, so I
took in an early night. Besides, I had to save my energy for the next day...
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