On my Australia trip, I was satisfied to the core having seen the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. However, another wonderful adventure awaited me on the trip as we headed to complete a road trip on the Great Ocean road. The great ocean road has a lot of historical importance and is replete with interesting stops to be made throughout the stretch of the road.
The road is 243 kms long and stretches between the southeastern towns of Torquay and Allansford in the Australian state of Victoria. True to its name, most of the road has been built along the shore allowing a beautiful view of the Australian oceanside as you drive along this road.
Today it is a favourite route for Bikers in pursuit of long rides
|Bikers on the Great Ocean road|
|Bikers on great ocean road|
|Memorial Arch , great ocean road. Starting point.|
Historically the importance of the road lies in the fact that it was built by soldiers of the Australian army who hado fought the first world war and on returning back to their country were entrusted with the humongous task of constructing this road along the coast in state of Victoria. The road was built by about 3000 returned servicemen who built it as a memorial to their fellowmen who died in the first world war.
Construction was done by hand by these ex servicemen using pick and shovels, explosives, wheel barrows and small machinery at the time.Detonators were carried by these men on their knees as this was the softest ride possible for detonators at that time.
|Driving along the great ocean road|
Lorne, Apollo bay and Port Campbell are the interesting stops along the way.
|Making a pit stop along the Great Ocean road to soak in the beauty of the coast|
|Can't get enough of the shore|
|At the 12 Apostle site|
It is possible to take a helicopter ride at the 12 Apostle site to get a birds eye view of the limestone stacks.
The road is 2 way and the permissible speed limit varies between 50 kms per hour to 100 kms per hour along the way.
Towards the end of the trip, the road meanders into rainforests leaving the shore behind. It is indeed a trip of a lifetime to be on this road and experience all the gorgeous stops first hand.
This trip was also special as I realised that this road is a haven for cyclists. It's smooth as butter, very scenic and thus loved by Bikers. I got to see many cyclist cycling with enthusiasm as we drove along the great ocean road. As a passionate cyclist, I myself take up long rides as far as possible in a week. As weekdays are a bit hectic as work responsibilities and every day chores need to be completed, I mostly try and do a 50-70 km ride on weekends. It is great exercise and a good time to bond with friends.
Update on my ride today: 30 kms , completed in 2 hours. The weather was great and supported the good average we achieved. Four of us rode together and made only one pit stop on the way.
|Photos being clicked mid way during the ride.|
|With my gang|
|The 4 of us together|
Happy riding and happy traveling people! Make your life meaningful!