Tom & I have now arrived in Adelaide, after a long (1000 km) but spectacular 2 day trip along the coast between Melbourne and Adelaide. I last made this trip with my family when I was 12 years old so as you can imagine there was a great deal of nostalgia and remembering for me.
Things have changed a little since my last visit. The roads have definitely improved which is a great blessing and there are loads of signs reminding American tourists that in Australia we drive on the left. Evidently there are horrendous accidents each year because tourists rent cars at Melbourne airport and start their long trek towards Adelaide in jetlagged state along narrow windy roads that can be nerve racking even if you were familiar with them.
Tom let me do most of the driving because at least I grew up driving on the left and rather enjoy the twisty turny roads But by the end of the day with only 400 km (250 miles) covered and 7 hours of driving even my nerves were a little frayed.
Other things have changed too. One of the spectacular rocks known as the twelve apostles has crumbled and London Bridge (another rock formation) has fallen down but this is still one of the most spectacular drives imaginable.
We particularly enjoyed our stopover at Port Fairy a small community which is one of the oldest ports along the South coast of Australia. The old norfolk pines lining the streets beautifully frame the old buildings. A very memorable stop though it is a shame that what was once such a thriving community is now little more than a tourist stop.
My greatest disappointment was the Blue Lake at Mt Gambier which I remember as this brilliant blue colour. However what I had forgotten was that the colour changes dramatically in a couple of days mid November for no known reason. So we are a month early and the lake just looked like any other deeper crater lake.
What surprised me most was the vineyards that have developed all along this road. We didn’t have time to stop but could have been quite tipsy by the time we made it to Adelaide.
All in all this was a wonderful break in a hectic few weeks. Lots to reflect on in regard to everyday spirituality too so probably more of that to come over the next few days. We are now at Tabor College for a week teaching an intensive on the church and the future. Saturday I also conduct a spiritual retreat on spiritual rhythms.