FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER HEALESVILLE TO HOME 36kms
We took our time getting away in the morning, clearing the park just by the 10am checkout time. We had the day to fill in, in order to allow K to get clear and the carpet cleaners to do their job.
We had a leisurely browse around the Healesville shops and bought some lunch there.
Drove down to Lilydale and went for a walk around the Lake.
Eventually we headed for home, getting there at 2.30pm.
The carpets had been done – they must have been early – and everyone was gone. The carpets were still damp, obviously.
The house was fine inside, as we expected. But the gardens were a dreadful mess, also as we expected, but worse. It was hard to believe they had been allowed to get that bad.
The vegetable garden was a wilderness, with blackberries over two metres tall.
However, K had made an effort and the lawns were freshly and neatly mowed.
The pool was bright green, with large scummy clumps floating on it.
We would certainly not be short of things to do in the coming weeks and months! This was not the way we’d have chosen for the travel time to end.
John discovered that the shed guttering/drains had been blocked, so water had come in onto the floor of the shed and wet some of the things that V had stored there, including a mattress and base that would now only be good for the tip.
The cats were very pleased to see us.
After we’d had a quick look around, we backed the van into its parking area and unhitched Truck – for the last time for some time, we guessed.
Tomorrow would begin the tasks of unpacking our house belongings back into place, emptying and cleaning the van – that would be a sad process!
When the house was more or less in order, then the gardens could be tackled.
It seemed really strange to be in a house sized residence again, instead of the very small van that had been our home for three years. The rooms that were empty of furniture echoed!
John went and bought fish and chips for tea.
At least, with our bed permanently made up in our room, all we had to do was clear things off it and we could fall into bed.
To work, tomorrow. Tomorrow is also my birthday……..
The trip was 1076 days long – almost 154 weeks. The decision to take early retirement and do this was the best decision we have ever made!
THE STATISTICS FOR 2000 (those for 99 & 98 in ( ) for comparison)
Note that our 2000 travel was 16 days short of a full year.
Kms travelled for the year: 36,129 (32,450 29,845)
Kms towed: 16,587 (10,827 8220)
Cost of diesel: $4291.91 ($3061 $2532.21)
Average fuel consumption: 8.1kms per litre (8.1 8.3) Approx 12L per 100kms
Dearest diesel: $1.35cpl – Kalumburu ($1.15 Mt Dare 93 Seisia)
Cheapest diesel: .76cpl – Claremont (.56 Toowoomba .63 Charters Towers)
Accommodation cost: $5263.70 ($4757.35 $4845.10 )
Dearest accommodation per night: $33 – Middle Lagoon ($26 Yulara $19 Toowoomba)
Cheapest paid accommodation per night: $2 – Opalton ($5 National Parks $10 Boulia)
Average cost fuel and accomm per week: $191 ($150.36 $141.87) Budgeted for $200
Number of different places stayed at: 58 (56 46)
Longest stay in one place: 40 nights-Hobart (over 99/2000) (26- Healesville 35- Atherton)
Number of times moved camp: 66 (60 53)
The introduction of the GST in mid 2000 did have an effect on our travel costs.