Trip Start Jul 10, 2010
65Trip End Sep 17, 2010
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The yearning to stop for a break by the side of the long straight road, under the shade of a tree, retrieving something out of the van to eat. The yearning to experience caravan park accommodation and all that it entails - checking in, site finding, reversing in - "no no, not that way, this way, you're not listening to me". "I am listening, you're just giving me the wrong directions".
The yearning for caravan park toilets - closing the dingo door; wearing thongs in the shower, trying to keep a bit of floor dry in the cubicle so that you can get dressed without getting all your clothes wet; no soap in the dispensers; hand dryers that don't work; sitting on the toilet while the automatic light goes out and having to do the paperwork in the dark
Tomorrow we get to satsify that yearning.
The cabin we've had for the past week has served it's purpose. It's kept us within the caravan park environment, where the children have been able to play non stop and make new friends. It's allowed us to use the camp BBQ's and hear the stories of other travellers. But it has also been a bit too clinical - you don't go camping with an ensuite bathroom, a TV, a full kitchen, carpeted floors, a dining table for 6 and a carport. The cabin has distanced us from all that we yearn (even if only for a few days) and for now we walk through the park in envy of those sitting around camp tables beside their temporary homes.
We spent all day yesterday arranging to get boxes sent back to Melbourne. An easier said than done job, I had to scour Alice for removalists willing to give up their precious cardboard; find a carrier willing to send stuff to Melbourne without wanting us to donate half the cost of a caravan to do so; find packing tape; find a bike shop to take the bits off our bikes worth keeping. Having only a Toyota Camry with seats that do not fold down, it took a few trips to get the boxes from the caravan park to the Greyhound depot - our carrier of choice
Finally by sunset I was done and came back to the park for a rest.
Today was spent with a final trip in to Alice with me taking Courtney and Mitchell to the Reptile Centre while Wendy did some errands.
Our much anticipated camper van arrived around 2pm following a marathon drive from Dad and his mate Peter, departing Warragul on Monday afternoon and featuring a stint of 1400kms on Tuesday - Horsham to Coober Pedy.
And so now we set ourselves to satisfy the yearning. An early start tomorrow will see us on our way.