It took a good couple hours to gather up all the necessary supplies to make ourselves more or less self-sustainable out of our campervan but we were finally on our way out of Cairns by early afternoon
. With the open road ahead of us and a place that we could call home for the next three weeks, you can imagine how exciting a moment it was for us. We must admit though that it was also a little nerve-racking at the same time because, a) even though they say it`s like riding a bike, it`s still been nine months since either of us have been behind the wheel of a vehicle, b) neither of us have much experience driving on the left side of the road, c) neither of us have ever driven a vehicle about the size of a small bus before, and d) Shane has no experience driving a standard vehicle which means for the time being the driving responsibility belongs to Lyndsey. Our original goal for the first afternoon – avro in `Australian` - was to get to a place called Cape Tribulation (named by Captain Cook when his ship ran aground on the reef there back in the day) however as we made our way up the coast on some of the windiest roads either of us have ever been on we quickly realized we didn`t quite have the mental capacity to tackle such a road after a 3:45am wakeup call. So we made the impromptu decision to pull over at a van park just outside of a little town called Mossman close to the Daintree park boundary. If you can believe it, we even managed to park Floyd down by a river.
Our first night in Floyd was a toasty one with temps easily in the high 20s and humidity holding steady at around 80% overnight though we did sleep well once asleep. Something about the stability that comes with knowing Floyd would be our home for the next while. The following morning we were up with the sun to begin the journey up to Cape Tribulation.
After a very uneventful 6am flight (yuck) from Sydney up to Cairns –pronounced Cannes by Aussies for no particular reason that we can tell – we promptly made our way over to the Wicked Campers depot to pick up our campervan (which we`ve named Floyd for obvious reasons). And so began our 3 week road-trip down the eastern coast of Australia back to Sydney! Before starting to move south though we`re taking a few days to do a little exploring north of Cairns in and around the Daintree National Park, which is touted as being one of the few places on the planet where tropical rainforest meets the sea (the Great Barrier Reef is also accessible here).