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Published: September 4th 2015
Additional storage up top is working well though probably impacting on fuel economy just a tad!
Entry 1 – 2 September 2015
I have been on the road again for just 2 days and nights, and my first stop was on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River approximately 10 kms east of Narranderra, NSW. This is a little gem of a camp site which has provided me with a welcome chance to stop and gather my thoughts and recharge my energy levels after the stress and hectic pace of life preparing to depart from home and take leave of family and friends.
The drive across country once I left the Hume Highway at Gundagai, was simply stunning. After all the rain of recent weeks, Australia’s colours, green and gold, were rich and saturated. The road was lined with wide expanses of canola fields in full bloom interspersed with pasture so green it was almost artificial. Railway sidings were full of long lines of empty box carriages waiting for the harvest and the silos buzzed with activity in anticipation. Several times on the drive I was tempted to take a photographic break, but I confess to absolute laziness couched in knowing that no photo could capture the expanse of this countryside, and passed through without a
It is good to be back on the road again. But there is more to this trip than I have ever set out with before. Major personal challenges accompany me. I am doing this trip completely on my own, over an extended period of time, and over an extended distance. I am acutely aware of my advancing years with the big 70 just around the corner and sensitive to the fact that time is running out for me to take these challenges. My journey will take me all the way from east to west, and once commenced, there will be no easy return should I find the going tough or too “alone”. I will travel through some remote and harsh places, see amazing and beautiful sights. And along the way, I hope to find a part of me that has never had the chance to manifest so far in my life. It will be a journey inwards as much as over vast external distances.
In my mind, before I left home, I felt that I was going to confront being “alone” something I have never really experienced before in my life and which is therefore somewhat of
a haunting and scary prospect. And a challenge I want to face.
Already though, after just hours on the road, my concept of “alone” is changing. There is so much to sort through and discover. Is alone just a state of mind? Is it a physical, or an emotional experience? With so much love in my life, is alone even possible?
Well, if a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step, I am on my way. Let the process of discovery, both internal and external, begin.
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