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Last of the Nomads

Hi Everyone.

 

Thanks so much for following us on our journey!  We’ve arrived now, it’s all over…  A bit sad to have reached at the end, but lots of new adventures to follow, I’m starting a new blog – adragoninmygarden.wordpress.com  about all our new adventures in our house here.    I will attempt to update once a week 🙂

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In Sydney now, the trip is over, which is both good and bad.  Thanks to everyone we met who’s helped to make it the awesome adventure it has been, if any of you are in the Sunshine coast look us up!  There will always be a spare bed 🙂 

Think the cheeky boy is quite enjoying being a bit settled, apart from the fact he’s getting a new tooth, and has a cold.  What’s up with rain business Sydney – I thought this period was called summer?

Trying hard to organise so we get to visit everyone, but apologies if we miss you Sydney folks, we’ve got a pretty packed schedule of familial visits though, however there will be a second round when we get back from NZ if we miss you.

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Winton

No, we’re not in NZ yet.. We’re just out of Winton QLD, watching the last vestiges of the sun going down. Had a big day driving today, after a couple of luxury nights in Mt Isa staying in a Villa at the Mt Isa Camp ground and catching up with Graeme’s mate Stefan. Hoping to call in on Caz and Drew in the next couple of days in Emerald, and then on to the Sunshine Coast to see Mick and Wendy and the Tingey family, including new arrival Clay – yay!

It’s really odd being in the middle of the country, I can hear frogs and cows and I have internet.

Will post again once we’re on the coast, can’t wait to see the ocean again.

Max was quite impressed by the Olgas and Ulura – aka big wok – wow and real big wok respectively. We’ve put some ks under the belt again, had some sad good byes and met some new friends.  See ya Homers, Hi Yalara crew, have added some more pics on Facebook

Last Day at work

map A map of our future travels
Last day of work today, surprisingly I’m going to miss it – the job I expected to be mindnumbingly boring has turned out to be quite enjoyable – due I’m sure to the really nice people I’ve been working and the fun office atmoshpere they cultivate. So much of what you do is dictated by the people you’re with isn’t it? Although it will be good to not have to internalise so many complicated problems in my head, or worry about whether Monique thinks I’m a dick. So on the cards next is down to Kings Canyon and then on to Uluru, hopefully getting a chance to call in at Hermansburg on the way and check out Albert Namatjira artworks and story and the historic community. Take a look at http://www.hermannsburg.com.au/en-AU/1-Home.html if you’re interested.

I’m going to miss Alice – and I still haven’t got around to reading “A Town Like Alice” which was on my to do list, however I have found someone named Alice who lives in Alice (I guess I kinda count too with that being my middle name and having made this home for a while) and we will prbably duck into Gemstone, to hopefully find a gemstone. Though who knows?

Maxxy

Cuddles
Bath time

Couple of pics of the little guy….  Sorry everything is sideways – off ipod

Alice at 38 degrees

Just thought I’d chuck in a pic of out the front of my office, looking across the Todd toward Mt Gillen in the Macdonnell Ranges.

A town like alice.

So, as per usual, the photos I’ve got are a bit backdated, but that’s ok, cos I don’t really have any relevant ones to add to this blog. check out Gibb and the in-betweens at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150394859759587.386163.510119586 or http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150394856924587.386162.510119586

SO, todays post may be slightly more rant like, cos I am loving Alice, but it’s a bit of a confusing old town. The book by the same name as the post is about what a great little town Alice is to live in, but it feels a bit to me that theres a very heavy handed governmental rule to it, or at least one part of society trying to get another part to be just like them, cos it’ll make them happier.

How do they do that? The government deems that not selling takeaway alcohol until 2pm will stop Aboriginals being drunks. Failing that they will also ban alcohol from government owned Aboriginal housing – I might be wrong, there might be white housing that’s government owned that has the same restrictions, but I don’t think so. Then for the kids, they get micromanaged by a hundred different government departments, who try to scare them into being good by threatening curfew, jail lock up time and all sorts. Again, maybe it’s the same for white kids, but I haven’t seen evidence.

Alice is a great little touristy town in the daytime, with good coffee shops, a wide variety of dining experiences (including the vegan bhuddist restaurant I quite often lunch at) and a really vibrant town centre. If you head over to the Todd River you’ll see groups of Aboriginal people doing paintings which they will later either sell to galleries or direct to tourists. The galleries quite often encourage their artists to not drink, and have savings schemes for them – if they want them (which is a good thing, unlike the Basics Card which takes half their pension money and tells them which stores they can shop in, and how else to spend their money – the basics card is for both Aboriginals and white people but it’s easier for whites to get exemptions).

But at the same time, I guess who can say they live in a society that is fair to all. Everyone has differing opinions on how to make the world perfect and implementing them all would be impossible.

That’s it for me today. I’ll leave you with that pickle and maybe be a bit more positive next time.

Crossing Borders

Kunnunara, Timber Creek, Katherine and Daly River, we’ve managed a border crossing, Graeme has participated in Ron’s Remedial Car Upkeep 101 classes, we’ve got to see traffic lights and shopping malls, swum in Hot Springs, and done a lot of relaxing – Gra and Stuart have been fishing for Barra like it’s a new religion, we’ve lost a family from our convoy, the Dry season has officially given way to the build up, been where it seems like more than the probable number of people in the town are barred from the bar, seen a car grounded for grog running – which makes me think of pirates and feel rather that this should apply more to boats than cars.

And just wrote all that as one giant sentence. Let me know if you wish for expansion on any of those points!

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Hmm, interested to see how the slide show works.  Writing now from Perry’s on the Daly where we’re having a really relaxing time, just hanging out by the pool and not doing a heck of a lot – in fact, the first day we were here I thought about doing this, yesterday I got out the computer and it’s only now that I’m actually doing it.

So, I left you last in Derby with half an eye on the Gibb River Road. We spent our first two nights at a free camp on the Lennard River, our first night there we met a lovely couple called Ali and Rocky, and had a great nights kicking back and having a few drinks. Rocky thought he lost his necklace when he and Gra went for a dip, so much searching took place – even to the extent of getting the Scuba gear off the roof but to no avail. Then we went to do Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge which were great.  Graeme went exploring in Tunnel Creek had a creature feature under one of the waterfalls – he walked on water to get back over to where me and Max were on

Gibb River Map

the bank while making some noises a bit similar to a little girl. Although later we found this was probably justified as chances are it was a Freshwater Croc (baby) who would have been warming himself in the groundwater seeping in there.

Next we hit Bell Gorge, where we went for a lovely swim, saw some crazy tiny frogs who can walk on water and, lo and behold, stumbled across Rocky’s necklace – which was a bit of a Ripley’s believe it or not moment. Also while at the Bell Gorge campground we met a girl called MJ who used to go to school with my cousins, so it was feeling like a very small world after all.

Trucking along we found ourselves at the beautiful Mornington Wilderness Camp which we really enjoyed, and also found travelling companions for the rest of the road, the Craigs (Hazel, Stuart, and their 4 year old twins Will and Daniel) and the Dodds (Tanya, Matt and their crew Lockie 9, Jessie 4, and Chance 11 mths). They had a great bar there with a gigantic brazier thing and we were all down there one night for dinner and realised that our plans synched up. This was also the first time we knowingly swam in waters that freshwater crocs inhibit, which was pretty weird. Also to get into Mornington had to use a radio phone which was a bit of an experience. They’re also a pretty good cause to donate either cash or time to if you’re looking for something worthy. We ended up staying for three nights even though we were only planning for two – felt a bit like we were in “the Castle” enjoying all that serenity.

On the way to Mt Barnett roadhouse/Manning Gorge we stopped at Galvans Gorge which was simply stunning

Galvans

only had to walk about a k to get to the most tranquil spot (tranquil until three families with kids got there that is) and we were the only ones there.  It was like an ad from the  Australian Tourism – “Where the Bloody Hell are Ya?” campaign.

Then on the forecourt at Mt Barnett Roadhouse we managed to have a flat tyre – awesome. Time for a couple of days of relaxing before tackling the Kalumbaru Road as far as the Mitchell Plateau.  Stopped in at Drysdale station – (just a little one at a million acres) for a night and met a bloke at the campfire with some very interesting views on how Australia should be run – think he might have time-travelled from Rednecksville in the 50’s.

Stayed next at a place called King Edwards campground which was our base for the Mitchell Falls Mission another very impressive waterfall and possibly the best waterhole at little Mertens.

Then we had a few nights of comparative luxury at Home Valley station where we stayed for 3 nights camping on grass and lounging by the pool with beers in hand.

Then we hit bitumen, no more dust and a whole lot of repairs due on the car.  But I think that is for next blog….

 

The next missions

Iron Ore Train

This update will cover the ground from Karratha to Derby, and I guess it’s about a month duration.  Did FeNaCiNG festival and

Sunset in Dampier

Nameless, at Karratha and Tom Price respectively, which was a lot of fun, but hard work.  We also spent two nights in Dampier which is beautiful, spent a bit of time at the big fishing comp there, some mighty monsters were hauled out of the deep, and much grog sunk — also there was

Python Pools

something about a kangaroo and a rescue, but you’d need to ask Gra about that one, I’m too busy letting the truth get in the way of a good story.

Then after a session at the Karratha Info Centre we were ready to head down the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Road, with our permit in hand — those trains are insanely long, I videoed one going by and the shot goes for about a minute and a half. we stopped in at the Python Pool which was an amazing spot, and met a lovely couple who stayed for a bit of dinner and a few beers — so hope your drive home was ok guys!

We then toddled off to Tom Price for the festival there spent a few days, had a cold which sucked, so spent most of my time chomping Strepsils.  Had a night at a rest area called the RIP area, which is not quite as morbid as it seems, there are a heap of memorial stones — not quite sure what the story is but it was kinda neat just a quick stop though so we could get into Karanjini nice and early in the morning. Had a great camp in Dales Camp in the Warlu loop, my lesson for the trip was that Warlu means snake and you’re not allowed to say it at night or it will draw them close. Swam in a number of incredibly cold pools with toasty warm waterfalls to hang out under,  Fern Pool was amazing, the Fortesque falls were rather bottom hurting after I bounced on my tailbone 3 times in quick succession. we also went into 3 other gorges, one of which went from being a class 3 trail, to a class 5 free-climb trail, and then we went exploring and found ourselves in a class 6 area where you need to have national abseiling qualifications, so decided to do a quick turnaround before we got in trouble.  However I do have to thank Michael Marr and Bear Grylls for the revelation about socks in slimy water giving you good grip 🙂

Then headed straight into Newman for a rendezvous with the Karena Barena and Buncey Bunceworth. Booked in at Capricorn Roadhouse, which kind of amused us as it was the third time we’d crossed the tropic of Capricorn, and the 6th time we went over the Fortesque River. A cool little town, we’re having a ponder about getting back there to pick up a bit of work as there’s heaps of mining work, and it’s really relaxed and nice (what we saw of it anyway).

Decided that it was a good idea to have a look in at Marble Bar, which is the hottest recorded town in Australia, we’d camped though at Wild Dog Creek (it’s in the Camps book) which it turns out was actually a watering hole and the station was in the middle of a muster and a cowboy came and told us to move on which was a pain in the bottom.

Holy Moley this is getting to be a long one.  Marble Bar is actually misnamed after a Jasper deposit there, it’s quite astounding all the different colours and layers in the rock. Hit a big bump in the road though which necessitated a stop at South Hedland for a night, had dinner at the Mess there — man I’m so into Mess food.  YUM.

Stayed at a nice campsite with the worst toilets I’ve ever seen. And then into Broome, where I want to live — beautiful beaches, awesome people, good beer and great food. Think I fell in love with Matso’s. Stayed up at Willie Creek which was really nice, although the back-burning they were doing was a pain. Especially when we discovered afterwards that we had been evacuated and no one had told us.  Met heaps more really nice people there, spent our last day drinking as the road had been closed further up the cape  which we really wanted to but not everything always goes to plan, so there you are.

And that brings us up to date sitting in Derby at the mo, considering our next move which is the Gibb River Road.  Lots of wilderness, lots of Gorges, a bit of culture and Aboriginal Art, we’re actually officially in croc territory, so there won’t be a lot more swimming unless we’re at the top of a waterfall, but should be some amazing photos.

I’ll be out of reception for two weeks or so, and the phones been playing up a bit so haven’t been able to make any calls, but once we hit Wyndham I’ll be in touch 🙂

No pics on this one, but will add link to Facebook photos once I’ve done that… – link

We had 4 nights in Kalbarri which was fantastic, did a walk down into Z bend gorge which was absolutely beautiful and had a lovely meal out while Max stayed at home with our caravan park neighbours looking out for him.

Following on from Kalbarri we had 2 nights in Midgy hell in Neren Neren (for those of you not familiar with midgies they are sandflies, but super tiny ones) where Max got to see the biggest trucks in his life and learnt how to make an amazed noise… big road trains with mine dump truck tippers on them.  They were HUGE! Next we ended up perched high on a hill with a family of gnomes for company at Gladstone Scenic Lookout.  The sunset was amazing and quite a number of beverages were consumed which made for a great night all round, however in the morning we saw a bank of clouds on the horizon and got an update from another traveller that there were 100km winds predicted and a whole lot of rain, so we upped sticks and made for Shark Bay.  Made it to a metal dump near Hamelin and things just looked too menacing so we pulled in and got everything up as the first raindrops fell.  Stayed safe and warm in a nice sheltered spot while MIke and Carol were still on top of the hill trying to hold the roof on their caravan.

Next stop on the itinerary was Shark Bay proper, and we stayed at Francois Peron NP – great hot tub, heaps of wild-life including sharks, turtles, dolphins, rays, thorny devils, and more – quite spectacular looking down into the water from the top of SkipJack Point and seeing the massive grass beds, and a ton of cool shells. Still in Shark Bay was Fowlers camp, where we drove up a road behind the camp and saw these awesome cliffs with cairns built on top of them and all these beautiful bays with crystal clear mirror calm water. Our final Shark Bay stop was Steep Point which is the most westerly point in mainland Australia.  It’s rough and rugged and again gorgeous. We had some great neighbours at Kelly’s Camp who helped us get out of a bit of a boggy situation we found ourselves in, and we had a lovely night round the campfire with them. Also caught some great fish, saw a few Humpbacks, some more turtles and dolphins, unfortunately we were only able to book in for 2 nights – it’s a spot where you do need to book in quite far in advance apparently but we’re definitely hoping to get in there again in the future.  Had a drink for Amy to celebrate her birthday however couldn’t let her know this till the following day due no coverage.

Our next stop was Edagee, just one night, really busy there, and just a quick overnighter as we were Quobba bound, stayed one night at the station and one night at the blowholes, and it’s another one on the repeat in future cards – caught some amazing delicious fish, enough to feed 6 people one night and 10 the next (plus a Maxy) out of I think about 14 fish. not to mention Humpbacks coming up about 100m from where we were standing on the rocks, the cool shacks, neat crabs on the beach, finders keepers jandals, and of course the blowholes (there will be pics of much of this).

Then the 50kms to Canarvon was just too much, so we had an overnighter in another blue metal dump at just over half way, met some really nice people there, and headed on into soggy Canarvon the following day, where it proceeded to bucket down for our 3 nights.  Our main reason for staying there was to get some washing done after 3 weeks bush, so it was an interesting procedure.  We were in a mass puddle of water, but not as bad as our neighbours Ses and Carline, who had to relocate their trailer as there was water coming in the door. We did manage to get some of the local produce which was great, including chocolate coated frozen bananas, and lemon basil – YUM.

We had a bit of a trek on our hands on the next leg – over 600kms out to Mt Augusta, which is another monolith. Except maybe it’s not.  Would be glad to have that explained to me if anyone can make sense of it. We had a night at Lake Mcleod where there were so many budgies it felt like the sky was turning green. Followed by Pritchards Windmill, which was a corner of a paddock near Pritchards Creek with a windmill in it, we put some major k’s in and saw some great scenery, though Max was much more interested in his books.  It was like he’d just remembered that he had them and spent half the day with his serious face on ‘reading’ them to us, which was classic. We drove around Mt Augustus and did a couple of walks, but found ourselves rather underwhelmed by it, so we headed back out toward the coast stopping in at Cobra Station for the night, which was great fun, Jim the host was a bit of a laugh, yet another fellow Kiwi – he gave Max a chubba chub and Max was his biggest fan after that, there was drool pooling at his feet!

Then blasted along past Coral Bay, through Exmouth had a night at Yardie Homestead Park in order to get into Cape Range NP, Gra was up at 3am to join the queue and managed first pick out of three spots, we booked in for 2 nights but ended up staying 5, we had a great time with a fantastic bunch of people, Lynne who we’re hoping to see in Karanjini, Ian and Sally who we went for a great snorkel with at South Mandu and a fantastic unplanned lunch with all three on our last day in Exmouth which rounded it off beautifully, and Robert, Sheree, Mason, Luca and Jude who were next to us and Max was absolutely in awe of Jude, who had great trucks, and very nice shoes.  He also gave Max his cool hat with spiders on which Max has not taken off yet. It was such a great time with more whales – some of whom were having a big old party, coral in water that was only knee deep and lots of wildlife. We got to see black footed wallabies too who are very cute, and also lots of Euros which I’d seen mentioned in quite a few brochures and finally discovered that they are a type of wallaroo rather than backpackers… I also perfected pan fried bread which I had been mucking about with for a while.  Recipe will follow.

On the way out of Exmouth we stayed at Giralia station which was a bit of a let down, I wanted to go fossil hunting but Gra hurt his leg on one of our snorkels and I was feeling a bit off colour myself so we decided to have a wind down after our holiday on the beach and spent the day doing not much. Our next discovery was Robe River rest stop a fantastic spot right on the river with more crystal clear water and a lot of inquisitive fish that we snorkelled right up to. It was so good that our overnight stay turned into 3 days and we got a lot of washing done, some more heavy duty resting, lots of swimming and a repack of the car resulting in what feels like about 50% space freed up while we didn’t get rid of anything, – quite a strange phenomena. Also met some people there who had lived in Te Puke for 25 years and knew my family there, but they were driving in as we were driving out so unfortunately didn’t really get to chat. One night in a secret spot where it’s possible that we may or may not have been illegally camped, but it was too beautiful to resist with a mass of wildflowers and another river, and we were in Kalbarri. We wanted to stay longer but the mechanical issues wouldn’t wait. $1300 later and we have two new sets of wheel bearings and seals, and we’ve had a few nights in Kalbarri doing a restock and a bit of car work.  We’re moving up a whole technological step and now have our own power by way of the inverter and communication by way of CB radio – things are on the up, and this weekend I’m doing some work as a carny selling wigs and stuff out of a sideshow so that’ll be a bit of fun and a much appreciated cash injection.

On that note it’s now 9.30pm and I really should rest up in order to do my 13+ hour day tomorrow, so I’ll sign off here and check in again when we’re in Tom Price, which will be about a week away.

Moving on

June 22, in Kalbarri, the sun is shining and the waves are crashing in on the shore – feeling the 21st century hippy in as I have a quiet lunchtime beer and update my blog, knowing that the rest of the world is hard at work somewhere.  Though I do have a rather sore ankle from when my hippy pants got caught on the towbar and I took a tumble out of the back of the 4by – not a recommended holiday activity.

Updating though on earlier activities… on our last day at Mount Magnet Max had yet another 5am start, I’m getting less and less keen on this idea of his.  But I got up and we went for a walk and I now feel like a qualified fossicker as I have managed to find a coin.  Ok, not a very exciting one, it’s a one cent from 1966.  Which is kind of cool as that’s the first year of decimal coins in Australia. But not going to make me a millionaire, still on the look out for that 1930 penny…

Then we were off on the road again, from Mount Magnet we headed to Geraldton, with an overnight stop just out of Mullewa.  Nice little spot – AMAZING moon rise – at first thought there was a bush fire on the horizon bt it was just a massive orange moon. Then had 2 nights in Greenough which was nice, though not amazing.  Had a blowup there, so memories won’t be good however it went, but things back on track now.

We had one night at a rest stop near Oakabella Homestead which was pretty cool, and having parted ways with Mike and Carol we now find ourselves in Kalbarri, catching some rays and making use of power while we can.

Daytripping – Cue

Had a wonderful day up around Cue, went to see the Big Bell Townsite, which was abandonedmid 50s, there’s still a MASSIVE pub there – it is pretty derelict but it’s very cool. It apparently had the longest bar in Australia, which is

Gra and Max with the water tower behind looking out of the church window, Big Bell

believable as it’s just so huge. There are quite a few other buildings still standing too, and all the roads are

rock art

still in place. Following Big Bell we went to Walga Rock, which has Aboriginal art on it dating back 10,000 years, the most interesting of which is a sailing ship. The art is just amazing and there is so much of it too. It was really awesome, then we had a hike up the to the top of the rock and were quite amazed at

Walga Rock

just how massive it is. Travelling on we came upon an abandoned farm, which was kind of interesting to have a poke around.  A bit sad too though. Then finally we went looking for the Dalgaranga Meteorite Crater, however we had left it a bit late in the day and it was too dark to see anything.  We got onto the right road but think maybe we missed a turn or didn’t go far enough.  However since it is the smallest of 18 meteorite craters in Aus I’m sure we’ll get to see another one. Chilling out today then on to Geraldton tomorrow – city lights and shopping…

aStayed at a cool spot called Peter Denny lookout, cooked some amazing HUGE ribs – thanks Morris Meats in Perth – if you had a website I would link to it.

 

Gra found some snakes, we saw some roos.  It was good.

 

 

 

 

Stayed at the Leonora Gun Club for 2 drizzly nights, then went onwards stayed at a roadside stop near Sullivans creek

awesome tree in Sullivans Creek bed

, about 40kms out of Leonora for 3 nights, the boys are calling it the valley of firedeath as it was a challenge to get fires started with wet wood and lots of wind. The old tea bag soaked in petrol did the trick – Grahad his first kill with a chainsaw too.

trophy

Really picturesque spot, went for a walk along the creek bed and it really is postcard material.

Next came Leinster, where for us at least, food was king.  Went to the mine Mess for dinner and it was AMAZING!! $12 for all you could eat, one night had fish and chips and calamari, followed by salads, and finished up with a fantastic chocolate eclair – with real cream. Then the next night we were there it was surf

Gra put Max's bike seat on, it's very serious business, but quite enjoyable apparently

and turf (cooked to order sirloin and chilli mussels) I had chicken pie, chilli mussels, veggie patties, veggies, followed by a ridiculously good double choc cheesecake with ice-cream and caramel sauce, oh and ginger and caramel pudding, fruit and cheese. YUM Leinster, we are all fans of you and your mess. Not much else was in Leinster apart from the magic of washing machines, showers and Telstra dongles being sold at the newsagents – so I am online again.

make sure the mats are tied on right!

3 June left Perth.  Made a quick dash to get to Leonora to meet Carol and Mike.  So on the way stopped at Westonia – 5 camp spots $11 per night. Cute town, not much there though.  Cheap fuel on the way out.

CHEAP

Then on to Kalgoorlie, where Max had his first ever McDonalds, cos the weather was just too feral, so we pushed on as far as we could and stopped in a rest area about 60 ks out of Kal.

Next day made it into Leonora. Cold wet and miserable

Pictoral evidence of us packed to the hilt – check the one of Max out!

DONE

Here I am, sitting on a milk crate and drinking wine from one of Max’s beakers because… Finally, after 4 hours scrubbing the kitchen floor, a day spent scrubbing down walls, a week of general cleaning and packing, 2 days of packing and unpacking the truck before eventually finding a way to fit everything, finding new homes for many, many things, and the fish, sending the Ferrets to live in Sydney for a year, we’re ready…  Tomorrow we set off adventuring, there will be photos next post to show just what the car looks like, and Maxy’s luxury set up in the back – he is King of the Car with 2 toy boxes strapped in next to him, and loving it!

Tomorrow is also rent inspection, sending a couple of boxes over to Sydney, a last trip to salvos/the dump, and any other little bits we find.  Thanks so much Mandy for the offer of a vehicle, and thank you so much Mandy, Lizzie, David, Rob, Eli and Olive for our little send off, Max will miss his morning walks,and we’ll miss all of you.

Our first stop is all of 15 minutes down the road, we’re staying at friends for our last stock up, which will also give us a chance to pick up an inverter so I can keep all my gadgets running – and keep you up to date on what’s happening, and food, to keep us all running on fine form :). Then our first destination is… Leonora, which we have to get to before the 6th so we can rendezvous with Mick and Carol.

That’s it for now, catch you on the road!

Feels like this whole packing business is taking FORfreakingEVER!!  However by then end of tomorrow with a bit of crossed fingers and fairy dust we should have everything out of the house and be ready for last scrub-down and carpet clean.  Then off to crash with the wonderful Mike and Anna for a couple of days to actually organise our new upwardly mobile accommodation, then we’re off!  We put Narelle on the plane today, which was very sad as all her help has been majorly appreciated – without it we would be so far into the panic zone it would not be funny.

Where are you

Planning the itinerary, anyone who wants a visit let us know where you are and hopefully we’ll be able to paly around with the itinerary and fit in visits, sadly though NSW probably not on the cards this trip, but we will be heading that way soon after we hit QLD and get a bit settled 🙂

ouch

Hospital visit today,haven’t achieved much as Max knocked his noggin on a brick wall and had to be glued back together again.  If only they’d had the same technology for poor old Humpty Dumpty!

Preparation

We’ve got the car, we’ve got the trailer, we’re in the painful process of packing up the house, and then it’ll be time to hit the road.

Max’s first birthday is today, and he’s recently started walking, so we’ve got to look at how long he can comfortably travel in the car at a time, what toys are essential and what can be jettisoned (same goes for our stuff). What clothes we need and how to keep him warm.

Also on the to do list is getting an inverter, new batteries for the car, new fire extinguishers, some form of clothing storage, and stocking up on non perishables and cooking up a batch of meals to vacuum pack and freeze.

Oh and there’s all of 12 days left for all of this, plus fitting in a birthday party for Max!