Rob and Tess's trips 'round oz
25th Jun 2012
On the road again...
It is with a sense of excitement and frustration that we finally set off to Conquer Cape York! This will be our first big trip away, since our trip around Australia in 2009.
The packing and preparation has been exhausting! With consideration required for the different weather and climates we will be driving through (happy to leave the cold and rain behind Melbourne people!), as well as the prospect of possibly tenting it for a while in the Cape.
Our rough plans are to head off on Monday 25th June (which we accomplished! – Yay!), with our first overnight stop in Swan Hill, then to Mildura and inland up to Cairns and then the Cape. Allowing 2 weeks to get there, 4 weeks in the Cape, and 2 weeks to come home. 8 weeks all up.
Rob finished his work mid last week and on the first day with him at home I became deeply concerned! After dropping the kids of at school, he took me ‘man shopping’ at a Trailer and mechanical supply store for three hours. I can’t tell you much about the experience, as my eyes glazed over and my brain temporarily shut down. I can tell you that we are not used to spending so much time together and I started to question the likelihood of both of us surviving 8 weeks in the 2 metre x 2 metre space of our car, with sanity intact!
Our departure yesterday detoured through Thomastown to pick up 2 x new steering arms for the Landrover (please don’t ask me why, as once again my eyes glazed over!). To Rob’s delight he has already had me under the car this morning helping him fit them – as you can imagine, me working under a car is not the norm. He thought he would capture the moment on camera! I’ll be sure to return the favour tonight by putting him on camp dish duty!
We enjoyed spending our first night inside at Swan Hill with friends Alison and Dale, who treated us to good company, a yummy meal, and a couple of drinks. We are certainly going to feel the cold night chill of 2 degrees tonight though!
We have a lot of settling in and adjusting to do, which may take a week or so. The excitement and craziness of us all in the one space will take some getting used to. I also need to toilet train the kids... with 5 toilet stops in 4 hours of driving it’ll take us a year to reach Cape York at this rate!
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