7 August, Wednesday
07.08.2013 - 07.08.2013 30 °C
We drove the last 900 ks from Kununurra to Broome with only 2 sleepovers. First stop, Halls Creek and last stop Fitzroys Crossing. Not a lot in between these small indigenous towns except red dust and termite mounds.
Happy tears seeing Danielle, Daniel and Stew. So very wonderful to be here. I have never been to Broome but felt a sense of coming home as we entered the town.
Sherrie and I ended our 101 days on the road together (just over 14 weeks) with 15,257 ks on the clock. Big drive. Big fun. !!!!
Our journey has been more than just driving from town to town, state to state it has been a journey of personal growth as well. When we first picked up Swifty from Jayco, Sherrie and I had never hitched or towed anything before and we pretty much just stared at the draw bar on the van and the tow bar on the KIA in fear really. We are so very proud of ourselves now, hitching, towing and parking Swifty in all weather conditions across all terrain. We are really very good at this. And we had to get good at it immediately as it is just outright dangerous out there on the open road. The best decision we made was enroll ourselves in a Tow Ed course before we left. We spent a day out at the Western Sydney Equestrian Centre learning from the professionals. During the course a couple actually smashed their 4wd and caravan whilst doing the cone driving manouver. They left in tears and Sherrie and I stared at each other in disbelief. We realized at that moment just how good we had to be to make this trip happen. Before we left, I also did a bush mechanics course out at Lithgow and a first aid course so I felt really well prepared. But the skills we acquired actually on the trip were countless. Too many to go into detail but I love that Sherrie has bought a laptop and is now quite competent at loading software, sorting files and photos and hot spotting her iphone so that her laptop has internet access. I also love that Sherrie can now crochet too. And she is very good at it too. A blanky is in the making.
Sherrie and I have always had an amazing and strong friendship. We met in Kindergarten and have adored each other ever since.
I really just have to share something with you now about our trip. When we were kids, Sherrie and I both had parents with caravans. I would go with Sherrie on family caravan weekends up to the Entrance and she would come with me on family holidays to Taree. That’s how we grew up. Beautiful. We starting planning our own trip around Australia when we were about 8 years old. We would secretly save our pocket money and I remember that when I learned how to knit the first thing I made was a pot holder for the caravan we would have in the future. I was so proud of it when I showed Sherrie. We were always whispering about our plans in class and in the school playground and once when the other kids pestered us into telling them what we were always talking about we said “nothing just these buttermenthols” that we were sharing at the time. Since that moment we always referred to our trip planning as buttermenthol so the other kids wouldn’t know what we were talking about. Silly really but we were only 8. We later joked about it with our own kids when we reminisced about our school days whilst in their company. Our kids were in their teens and we were still saying we can never tell you about buttermenthol it’s a secret ha ha. If we tell you we will have to kill you, we’d say. When we finally told them they just thought we were stupid. Probably because we were. Ha ha.
Well now we are actually doing Buttermenthol. We can’t believe it ourselves. And of course we still share our actual Buttermenthol lollies with each other. Sherrie constantly dashed into petrol stations to top up our console stash of Buttermenthols for those long drives. Cute.
Thank you to everyone for your enthusiastic following, your interest and especially your encouragement. Our blog will be dormant for a while as Broome is our half way rest point. Our trip is not yet finished as we still plan to drive the KIA and Swifty back home again to Sydney. We will travel home via the bottom end of Australia for the return trip. However, Broome will be our home for a spell while we work and save some dollars to fund our trip back. Danielle and Daniel (my daughter and her fiancé) have lived in Broome for 2 years now but have decided to surrender their life here and travel back home with us. Sherrie and I feel not only feel lucky to be on this trip but lucky to have had family and friends come along here and there to share it with us. Fiona flew to Brisbane to stay with us then flew again with her hubby Bruce to Cairns and to Darwin. They will also join us in Broome. Cherelle and Ellen flew into Cairns and travelled with us for 5 weeks to Darwin. Janelle and Colleen flew in to Darwin to stay with us. Plus we called in along the way to see family and friends all of whom made us welcome into their homes. Sherrie and I have truly loved every second of our trip together. Stay tuned for the return trip………………..