Our Drive to Melbourne
02.07.2014 - 02.07.2014
Equipped with a white Toyota Camry and a map, we left at 10 o'clock in the morning and drove south from Griffith, New South Wales and arrived just north of Melbourne, Victoria at 5 o'clock in the afternoon. We cruised at exactly 110 km/hr south, not a kilometer more, on B87 through the Riverina Region. It is fun to say names like Burrumbuttock and Warragoon, Mairjimmy and Coleambally. They sure like the double consonants. We stopped in Jerilderie, L referred to as Jumanji, for lunch.
Gas $1.46/ liter
Miles: 318 from Griffith to Melbourne (a mere inch on the Australia map)
Flavio met us at the car drop- off location at Avis in Preston. We Loaded Favio's car with Angelo's bounty: a bushel of citrus and olive oil for Dominica. " you drove these oranges across state lines? And Angelo packed these up for you? You just broke interstate Aussie law!" Apparently it is illegal to transport citrus, plants, etc into another territory.
Flavio drove us to Dominca's house, where we met the awaiting first cousins-once removed, David, Kara, Chris, Daniel, cousin-in-law Teresa, and Zia Dominica, the eldest sibling in the DeMatteis fam. Dominica's Lasagna and chicken wings, lettuce and tiramisu. After a few laughs and vinos, we managed to shift the blame for the interterratory commerce violations from Angelo to Chris' oldest/newest best friend... Ricky.