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First day on the road Monday 29 April 2013

sunny 26 °C

Monday morning and we are off. Neighbours came for those last minute hugs (yes there were some pyjama hugs) Sherrie and I were so amazed and excited as we hit the freeway. The realization of what we were about to do had hit home. There was so much build up to leaving. Both leaving our jobs, Sherrie releasing her apartment to move in with me, the home maintenance and then the prep for the trip Ahhhh. Very busy and quite exhausting.
Then whilst on the freeway, we cranked up the music and wound down the windows and thought wow we are doing this. Finally!!!!!!
Sherrie unwrapped her packet of buttermenthols and we clinked them together with a “cheers” before popping them into our mouths grinning from ear to ear.
Slight set back when we got to Hexam as there was an accident on the bridge so we were forced right into Newcastle by the police detour operation. We just went round in circles and it took ages before we escaped via the Nelson Bay turn off.
We chose Tuncurry as our first stop as it is only 300 ks from home and near friends Clare and Errol. Clare and Errol were great as they showed us around in their 4wd and later helped us rig up our fishing rods, sort out our awning problems and generally welcome us. I worked with Clare at Hotpoint for nearly a decade. She was my work mum there and is such a lovely lady.
We had a great first day with the drive up and then the set up of swifty. Actually after we had unhitched and set her up completely in almost darkness we realized the power cord wouldn’t reach the van so we had to wind up the legs and wind down the jockey wheel and then use brut strength to push her back a metre so we could have power. Next time we will remember to check. Ha ha.
We then showered and dolled ourselves up and visited a couple of the local clubs for dinner and red wine shots. We drink fast and ate slow. Later we tucked ourselves into our beds both equipped with laptops, head sets and a portable hard drive each loaded with films. We didn’t last long before we snored and fell asleep.

Posted by buttermenthol 02:25 Archived in Australia

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