One Month to go

OMG. Reality is setting in. I’m spending January and February tidying up loose ends at work. The truck modifications are starting to come to an end. The house is looking a bit sparse through lack of ‘stuff’ we have already packed up. We are departing Port Fairy one month today…

To read about the ongoing truck mods, take a look at Mike’s page here.Kids enjoying the Big View.

Last weekend, as it was Mike’s birthday, we had trial run number two. Only one night this time round, and we opted for the luxury of a powered site. We were also lucky enough to enjoy the company of a good friend, who is planning to meet up with us for a week or two in the Northern Territory or Queensland. BTW, anyone else who wants to meet up for part of the trip let us know.

So the weekend wasn’t too hectic. We packed Friday night and left mid-morning Saturday. After just under 2 hours we pulled up at Princetown recreation reserve, the closest camping to the famous twelve (or nine) Apostles. We took a pitch close to the Playground, and set up our caravan at amazing speed, considering our lack of experience. I’m happy to say it took longer to set up our mate’s new tent than to set up the caravan.

We had a lazy afternoon in the sun, and I managed to try out my new bike. After the kids had a nap, we walked through the picturesque wetlands, over the boardwalk and up to the local town, which consisted of a General Store and a pub/cafe. We had to have a drink to celebrate Mike’s birthday.

Apostle Coast - StunningSunday we went for a walk to admire the spectacular scenery of the Apostle Coast. The Gellibrand River was still quite high from the recent floods, and the sea was rough so we stuck to the beach. After lunch all 5 of us, and kiddie car seats, crammed into the 4WD to explore the area and try out a 4WD track that ended at our campsite. I just couldn’t believe the lovely weather after all the rain and gloom we have had this summer.

We all packed up and made it home before dinner time. The kids were exhausted, and asked to go to bed before bedtime. Will this be a common theme of 2011?

The butterflies are really starting to kick in now. I’ve never had the slightest doubt about doing this, but given the recent chaotic weather, I know we will need to be very cautious, especially in remote areas. I can’t see us taking any big risks, but you only live once, and this is our adventure of a lifetime so BRING IT ON…


One Response

  1. Wow this is truly exciting. Can you give me advice on how to pack up house. We’re waiting for my visa to come through and then we’re booking our ticket. Not quite managed to get the house packed though obviously going to have to. Did you just give it all away? How did you decide what to keep?

    Hope to see you next year

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