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Gearing up & getting ready for a road trip

Take heart: cheat the dark
Get driving with the lark
As cities sleep
Steal a march before the sun
It’s all philosophy
An open motorway
Chasing break of day
Somewhere on a border town …

… Everything you see
Is everything you need
Take a road trip
Go soul deep.

(c) Runrig (C. and R. Macdonald)

The lines above come from Scottish band Runrig‘s song Road Trip. It’s a favourite of mine, especially now that I am fast approaching departure day for my own Road Trip!

I leave this weekend, flying eastwards to Brisbane, leaving the desert of Central Australia far behind me for two weeks. There are a few logistical errands to be completed in Brissy before we drive down the motorway one last time. But we expect to be on the road next Tuesday lunchtime after the removalists have been and done their bit.

Heading south via the New England Highway through Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Armidale and Tamworth. Down through Dubbo, Parkes and turning off the highway at Wyalong (as opposed to West Wyalong) before heading over to Temora, Junee and Wagga. Albury for a day. A sightseeing day to be spent cruising the Kiewa Valley up to Mount Beauty (cannot drive past without going on in up the valley!).

Then we have to make the choice. Over to Canberra and either the Monaro Hwy or Princes Hwy down in to Gippsland and cruise coastal all the way around. This is the route I took some years ago when I first moved to Alice Springs and got the job of driving the car across.

Or do we leave the Hume Freeway at some point and meander cross country through western Victoria, through the old goldfields and towns such as Bendigo and Ballarat? This route allows us to drive through Cressy and Colac before entering the Great Ocean Road at either Apollo Bay or Lavers Hill.

Either route, we end up on the Great Ocean Road. This is the focal point of our trip, taking our time to look, enjoy and photograph our way along the Shipwreck Coast. We will spend a couple of nights at Port Fairy to recoup our energy and enjoy the little fishing village and surrounds, climbing Tower Hill on one of the mornings.

Then it’s on in to South Australia via the Limestone Coast, driving up the Coorong. At which point we will begin our arguments over which route to take in to the city of Adelaide. I’m a South-East Fwy girl, my sister prefers Strathalbyn and up South Road.

Two weeks.

Should be lovely.

And I’ll be off line most of that time. The mobile is for emergencies only (no, Twitter doesn’t count as an emergency alas). No lap top (gulp). Possibly won’t even venture in to an internet cafe to pick up emails until Adelaide (talk about going cold turkey!). I’m sure I’ll be fine. 🙂

And this blog will still be here when I get back.

  1. August 12, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Email me for my contact details if you are in my area.

  2. September 2, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Bon voyage! Hope you’re having a super time. It all sounds marvelous. Have to wait til my kids are grown up before attempting a long road trip like that:)

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