Well the day finally came to leave Melbourne. After 3 months in this amazing city we’re heading to Qld to register our new home.
At each spot, on the odd occasion out we gave ourselves, we explored the areas. We both loved the northern suburbs . The restaurants in the area and the ease of getting to the city on the trams made this a great stop over for seeing Melbourne at it’s best.
It does make you feel alive but it also makes you feel like you should be going “somewhere” doing “something”.
A bit different than Tasmania where you feel the need to just stop everything and let your mind take in the beauty.
Our first time “free camping” in the new van. This is what we had in mind when we purchased the van and we hoped it lived up to our expectations.
first you had to get the van as level as possible so the door would open easily so that would entail driving it up on blocks.
Then when inside you would have to step over the fold up chairs that would be on the floor as well as the fold up table and the pole for the TV antenna.
You would have to bring in the porta loo because you didn’t want to go outside as it’s pitch black so that would also go on the floor in the front.
You would have to move the second computer monitors and the antenna off the beds and put the annex in the car as that usually sat in the front of the van when we travelled.
You would then have to light the gas for the fridge by lying on your stomach on the floor so you could pull out the knob and turn the flint easier.
And if that didn’t work you would have to go outside and light it manually.
Then stepping over all that, you would cook dinner and then go to bed as there would be no TV and way too much hassle to move things around to set up the computers to do some work.
It was OK if you stayed in a place for a couple of days and could get organised but overnight just wasn’t worth the hassle.
Stop the car, turn on the gas, switch on the inverter for the computers and hop in.
The door opens and closes easily even on sloping ground.
There is nothing to move or step over. Switch on the pump and the hot water switch.
Turn on the computer while cooking dinner and tune in the TV.
If you are not in range of any stations you can always play a DVD. Have a hot shower within 15 min.
Stopping and having practise sessions with the camper or even finding spots to go 4×4 to see how it handled with the extra weight.
I took over driving his car so he and Chris could catch up in our car. We eventually stopped just north of Coonabarabran about 5.30pm.
I like to have breakfast first. I know I’m a wuss.
We weren’t going to push it but we just kept going swapping drivers and arrived at Eight Mile Plains about 5.30pm.
We are enjoying the sunshine and are back into shorts and t shirts.
The washing is actually drying in the sun, for the first time in 3 months I don’t have to put the clothes in a dryer or in front of the heater.