Monday, 9 January 2012

Day 2

Today saw us on the road around 8am with plans to go to Adelaide Zoo. We located the zoo and then had the problem of finding somewhere to park the 4wd and caravan, a constant problem when in the bigger cities.
By 10.30 we located a spot not to far from the entrance we began walking. Then the rain started. The the soaking downpour came. We made a run for it but we all got soaked through. We all decided we didn't want to see the zoo in the rain, wearing wet clothes, we could go to Perth Zoo instead lol. So it was back to the car and back in the road and on to Port Augusta.

I will say at this point that I am really proud of how the kids are handling this trip. When I say "we decided" I literally mean we all discussed something and made a group decision. We want the kids to feel part of this trip and that they have a say in what we do.

We made a couple of stops on the way and arrived at Port Augusta around 5pm. We had shopped for food in Port Pirie and sat down to a nice salad dinner.. We are trying to avoid takeaway meals and it really hasn't been too hard to do. Port Augusta is a lovely place and while we would have liked to spend some more time there we again all decided to gain some extra k's and travelled a further two hours through to Kimba.

Kimba is known as the "half way across Australia point".

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Day 1

We arrived in Melbourne late last night and although originally planned to drive to Ballarat we decided it was best for everyone to get a goodnights sleep and start fresh today.

We drove through to Ballarat and spent a few hours at Sovereign Hill. We all enjoyed panning for gold and walking through the old mining town.

After some lunch it was back in the car for the four hour drive through to Bordertown in South Australia. However, once we got to Bordertown and had some dinner there was a unanimous vote to keep driving and maybe make it to Adelaide.
We came close but instead called it a night, stopping at Tailem Bend just after sunset.. about an hour from Adelaide.

We travelled a total of 630kms in all and trimmed off a days traveling in the process!

Moving day

It been a hectic and stressful few weeks but the day finally arrived. The house was filled with boxes.. Lots of boxes and I was a little concerned it wouldn't all fit in the shipping container .. But it did!! Tomorrow our journey across Australia to our new life begins.
The hardest part of all this has been all the goodbyes to wonderful friends that have been a part of our lives for both long and short stretches of time. I take comfort that technology will help to bridge the gap of distance.