Published: May 25th 2012May 25th 2012
"You're so lucky"
"Do you worry about, you know, only having family to talk to?"
"Can you take me with you?"
"You won't want to come back!"
"Do you think you will still be married by the end?"
"It will change you" (said in an upbeat way - one wonders what changes they hope for
"It will change you" (said in a depressed way
Just a few of the reactions from people when I tell them we are soon to take four months' leave and head off around much of Australia in a Patrol, towing a camper trailer.
My husband Mike has done masses of things to the car. It's been to all the car servicing or accessories businesses in the local area and some further afield. I think it's likely doubled in value since we bought it ;) .We're certainly giving our local economy a lot of support and we haven't even left yet!
We have had a couple of trial runs. During the latest, to Wellington National Park near Collie, we tried to set up the annexe and found the instructions left something to be desired. Perhaps next time we'll
get it right. We decided we don't need to take the annexe walls on the trip, so won't be worrying about that again for a while.
The Excel spreadsheet for the trip plan has 6 columns and up to 68 rows. There is also a 98 row itinerary. For a relaxed camping trip with very few fixed dates or bookings we may have gone slightly overboard. Possibly.
The kids are not that excited yet. I mean, there's over a week to go.