Perth Trip: Brisbane to Adelaide

Brisbane -> Grafton -> Bonny Hills -> Glebe -> Wagga Wagga -> Mildura -> Adelaide

Wow, well how do you sum up eight odd days of driving and sightseeing in 8 minutes and a couple of paragraphs? I honestly thought I’d have more humourous anecdotes to share with people after 2,000 odd kilometres of travelling; however, the trip has been fairly routine in terms of driving and all things car related. There have been some fantastic moments of friendship and family spliced into long hours of staring at the dotted line, but on the main, it’s been, well, normal.

Perhaps I’ll let some of the pictures we’ve taken along the way speak for us; mine are up at www.jameses.org/photos and Storm has put a collection up on Facebook.

A few minor highlights and observations thus far,
* Bonny Hills – it’s always nice to go home and see family and this time was no exception. With the parents about to head to South America for multiple weeks, it was nice to get one last visit in before a lenghty hiatus. P.s. I do love Little Beach…
* The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk – a beautiful walk around numerous coves and bays with shimmering crystal-clear water and bronzed Glamazons. If it hadn’t been 35+ degrees, you might’ve said it was pleasant. A well deserved swim at Tamarama went down very well…
* Friends and Family along the way – quirks and coincidences have enabled us to catch up with more people than we might’ve originally envisaged. There’s even talk that one cousin will be heading across the Nullarbor in the opposite direction at the same time as us! Now that’s kooky…
* Wagga Wagga and Renmark – lovely towns on the Murrumbidgee and Murray, respectively, that had a lovely relaxed feeling. Staying in an hotel in Wagga that was established in 1885 and was full of old world charm was nice, until drunk patrons began getting rowdy after closing time and interrupting our beauty sleep. Luckily no patrons thought detaching a pod from the roof racks of our car was a good substitute for entertainment.
* Finally organising ourselves in Wagga Wagga enough to buy a ton of fruit for the the day’s driving, only to have to scoff what we could and dispose of the remainder 65km down the road. Damn fruit fly exclusion zones. Turns out that eating 2 nectarines, a peach, 1/2 of two apples, and a fistful of grapes in quick succession will give you a tummy ache…
* The Hay Plains – now specialising in 8 different types of nothing. Good preparation for the Nullarbor and with hot, hot sun and seemingly endless bitumen, it was a good test for Norman (our car) too… With the temperature needle firmly planted in the middle of H and C, either he’s humming along just fine or we need to check our display panel wiring.
* The Barossa Valley and Peter Lehman Winery – what a nice way to wind down. Save for the many verdant vineyards, the Barossa is a dry, tawny brown and comprises quite an enchanting juxtaposition of colours and textures. Speaking of colours and textures, the many wines we tasted at Peter Lehman winery were very much to our liking, as was the delicious platter of cheese and goodies. It was a toss up which winery we were to visit, having passed many well-known (and hugely commercial) wineries and smaller, quaintly-named ones. In reflection, I think we were very happy with our choice!

So, we’re not sure what next, although we have given ourselves 3 days to get to Norseman in WA. We do have a rest day up our sleeve should it be necessary; however, we are hoping to save that for the South West and Margaret River region. Hopefully Norman continues along in happy and high spirits and we stay sane and happy!

Happy Australia Day to all as well… it’s the first in a number of years that I will be able to remember with any semblance of clarity in days that follow!

I hope you are all well and enjoying the heat and happiness of Jan ’09. With expected temperatures of 46 degrees in Ceduna tomorrow, I can only dream of how good our truckies’ arms will be…

Lots of Love, Jameses, Storm and Stormin’ Norman!

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