MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER BENALLA TO HOME 230kms
It was the usual run down the Hume to Seymour, then the “back way” home via Yea.
House sitter L had already left, this morning, en route back to NSW. The house seemed strangely empty, without her living in the three back rooms. She had been with us for three years. It was rather like losing a family member.
Adding to the sense of emptiness was the absence of the old grey cat. The surviving cat – himself getting very old at 15 – greeted us very happily.
Now it was the chore of unpacking – and getting rid of a lot of central desert dust from Truck. That vehicle by now, must have contained particles from all over the country, secreted in its nooks and crannies.
It had been a good trip, overall, except for the long stages towards the end. Returning to just travelling, rather than travel and working, was a nice change.
We were away just a week short of six months.
In the months following the trip, there was no definitive outcome of the health issues that had affected John in Perth. In December, a molar tooth was extracted, which seemed to reduce the facial swelling somewhat, but not totally. He still occasionally had strange ear noises. His own doctor had no answers, but as John was feeling fine, was not inclined to pursue things any further. It remained a bit of a mystery.
By December, I was losing a third blackened toenail – legacy of our walk on Mt Augustus!
Statistics for 2004 trip:
* Kms travelled: 23,487kms
* Kms van towed: 16,761kms
* Cost of diesel: $3556.77
* Average fuel consumption: 7.3 kms per litre used
* Dearest diesel: $1.50 cpl – Tjukayirla and Warakurna Roadhouses
* Cheapest diesel: 94cpl – Mildura
* Accommodation cost: $3053.80
* Accommodation discounts gained: $197.05
* Dearest accommodation per night: $31 – Yulara Caravan Park
* Cheapest accommodation per night: $5 per person – various WA National Parks
* Number of different places stayed at: 42
* Longest stay in one place: Carnarvon – 15 nights