The last time I wrote in the blog I had just returned to work from Christmas holidays and now here I am again… Christmas Holidays, five weeks free of the office and every day life. Holidays!!! I love being a teacher and my work but summer holidays is the best! Feel like anything is possible!
Great start with my annual 3000 odd kilometre drive from Doon Doon to Perth! This year I had the added bonus of a travelling buddy, one of my oldsters, well she’s not old but we have known each other for quite an age. We started our ‘Thelma and Louise’ road trip complete with brightly coloured scarves and oversized sunnies with the hope of a random Brad Pitt look alike and a shared understanding we would not be driving off any cliffs even in fear of Mayan calendar meaning something… After first navigating the first water crossing, my drive way we started down the Great Northern Highway.
It was very atmospheric with rain gently falling and clods hiding the tops of the green cliffs. I live in the most beautiful part of the world! The cloud got darker as we left Warmun and one cloud taunted us we drove towards Halls Creek. It was like we were heading towards some kind of Armageddon, cool but a little scary!
We bravely ventured forth and the rain fell heavily…trying to think of a cool metaphor to describe but I’ll go with an oldie but a goodie ….it bucketed down! The creeks were all up and resembling what most in the passage of water naming business would refer to as a river. We waited with the trucks and other travellers on the side of the road, nodding to one another as the ‘creek’ slowly went down. MC, the Thelma to my Louise volunteered to drive us over as I was a tad freaked out…not as if I haven’t crossed deep water before but I hate it and it freaks me out everytime, I start to imagine the embarrassment of being swept away!
Anyhoo, we drove on and on and on, coming to a stop at 10pm at a truck stop on the side of the road and settled down, camping in the car. So ended day one. I could go on in minute detail about each day but I shan’t instead I’ll record the things I learnt whilst driving.
1. Scarves don’t fit my head.
2. The state of Western Australia is truly stunning and the changes in landscape is awesome.
3. Less than 50% of drivers still wave to strangers.
4. Egg and bacon sandwiches are the only breakfast food to eat whilst driving.
Very pleased the world didn’t end and can’t wait for holidays to start!