19.09.2014 25 °C
OUR LITTLE CELEBRATION
For travelling 10,327km
Friday, 19 September 2014
We left Kurrimine Beach in Far North Queensland, south of Cairns, just yesterday morning and travelled as far south as Proserpine, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and just inland from Airlie Beach; where the cyclones hit the coast and the rainforest meets the sea. About 500km today ..
It was a long drive past many sugar fields and dozens of cane cutters and we were glad to stop over night in Proserpine at the council caravan park, sandwiched this time between the sugar mill, the town’s Olympic pool, bowling greens and tennis courts, but at least there were no jets or cane trains roaring past or overhead.
Today is Friday, 19 September and is the end of term for literally thousands of schoolies and their families! A good reason to find caravan parks away from the coast and the teeming touring families!
It has astonished us to realise that we could get as far south as Rockhampton, and even further on to Gladstone, where we decided to stop for the night. Today, we've done about 520km.
And that’s the reason for our Little Celebration tonight. David tells me that, as at the end of our travelling today, we have travelled 10,327 km on this trip and therefore we are staying the night here in Gladstone in a Motel!! Just imagine, a real bed, a real bathroom and space! It does feel a bit odd!
Actually it hasn’t been at all difficult living in our caravan, NFA (“No Fixed Abode”) and we have enjoyed every single minute. But over 10300 km is a very long way indeed – almost as far as a trip to see My Family! And so tonight we’ve treated ourselves to a Salmon and Avocado Pizza and a bottle of red – and it was delicious.
Over the next few days we shall head south to our much loved Sunshine Coast, and collect Skippy dog from Peregian Pet Resort which isn’t far from the Ginger Factory in Yandina, and probably only 20 minutes from Buderim. We can hardly wait to see her again.
We shall take a peek at Horseshoe Bend, Buderim, and call in on a few of our old neighbours as we believe there have been many changes since we left and we want to see them for ourselves and take some photos.
It will be super to have our little dog with us again – although we suspect that with only a bit of exercise, she will more than likely be a much bigger dog!! But then we haven’t exactly lost much weight either.
We have worked as a team for this trip and are still shaking our heads at the distances we have travelled, the places we never dreamed of visiting, and some we didn't even know existed – and most especially for the amazing people we have met.
It’s been one of the most amazing and interesting things we have ever done in our lives – and we are grateful to have been able to achieve it.
There are so many stand out memories for us – but the best one is to have got to know so much more about the land we love. It’s been a tremendous privilege to have seen first hand so much of what makes Australia great.
Lesley and David
PS I've lost the ability to attach photos to this blog … so apologies for that.