This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.


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2013 Travels September 19

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19     WODONGA TO HOME     343kms

As we hadn’t had to unhitch the Terios last night, it was easy to get away this morning, after giving Couey a run in the back paddock.

It was a noisy departure, though. I took Couey on the lead with me and walked to the office to turn in our gate card and en-suite keys, after John had driven out through the boom gate. Dog thought Bus was going without her and complained loudly. Had she been IN the Bus, she would have complained equally loudly about me walking off without her. At least, she was then fast to get onto Bus!

Routine run down the Hume Freeway, to Seymour. Turned off there, for Yea. There was the usual hold-the-breath moment when going under the railway bridge at Seymour. It suddenly occurred to me to wonder if those extra few pounds of pressure in the tyres had made us higher? But there were no nasty scraping noises. I am sure there  was quite adequate clearance above us – but the optics were uncomfortable.

Stopped for lunch at Yea. We could always find a place to easily park the rig there. Walked to the bakery. John bought a pie and I had a lovely, freshly made salad and ham roll.

We were home by mid-afternoon. Couey obviously recognised the area and got all excited as we turned the corner into our street. Beats me how she knows, especially after months away.

Had to park the rig in the street, a bit before our first driveway. I took dog and put her in the house, then  unhitched Terios, which I drove up into the carport. John then drove Bus into its parking bay.

We managed most of the unpacking before dark. A lot of stuff stays permanently in Bus, so unpacking mostly involved some clothes, perishable foods, the electronic gear and all the dog’s gear.

Our house gas hot water service and ducted heating were a bit slow to fire up and required some fiddling about by John. We have never before left the house un-lived-in for such a lengthy period. However, John’s car, which had been on a trickle charger all the time, started first try.

The place looked good. M had mowed the lawns recently.

Tea was fish and chips from our local shop. Always delicious.

It had been so good to have an extended trip away again. It had been too long since the last big one in 2009. But it was also nice to get home again, to the garden in its spring finery, and to a normal width bed again! The house always seemed so huge after months spent in a confined space. 

STATISTICS

Bus: 7611 kms.

Terios: towed for 7611kms, plus driven 2287kms independently

Accommodation: $2599.10    86 nights away.

Chain discounts gained: $67.30

Number of different places stayed at: 27

Dearest accommodation: Cool Waters Kinka Beach $58 per night

Cheapest paid accommodation: Theodore Showgrounds  $15

Cost diesel (Bus)  $2044.99

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2003 Travels April 8

TUESDAY 8 APRIL     HOME TO YEA     80kms.

We have never been known for early starts on the first day of a trip, but today had to set a record that, hopefully, will never be beaten!

Left home at 5pm.

It was a surprise that we got away at all, this day.

Yesterday, John completed most of his building work on the cot and change table. I’d worked on Sunday and yesterday, thoroughly rubbing linseed oil into them, and then applying a coat of sealer over that. The finishing touches were completed about 11am this morning! The cot and change table would be picked up and shipped by professional removalists, to Canberra – which daughter was arranging. (Later, because her work involved moving her belongings overseas, she had the items valued. We were amazed that the cot alone was valued at over $2000! An endorsement of John’s work)

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John then cleaned up his shed, located and packed the camping gear, his extra tools and the like. The packing of Truck came together really quickly. Room was made and my Barina car was moved up through the backyard and into the shed.

John took truck to fill up at the local servo – 97cpl. He also filled the 23 litre jerry can of spare fuel that we carry.

I’d done the van packing well in advance, whilst John was woodworking, and yesterday cooked chicken maryland pieces to go in the fridge for tea, our first night on the road.

I think we needed to feel that we were actually on the move, before something else intervened. 80kms was better than none!

We travelled our usual route north over the Great Dividing Range, to Yea, arriving there just as dusk was falling. We took an overnight site at the Yea Family Caravan Park, that allowed us to stay hitched up. $18.

We ate the pre-cooked chicken I’d made yesterday, with some coleslaw – also pre-prepared.

The night turned really cold. Winter had come early to Victoria.

I thought our house sitter – L – was really surprised that we actually managed to leave today. She had been back at uni for weeks by now, and living in the back part of the house, sharing the kitchen – an arrangement that worked well. She’d watched the recent rather frantic activity with some bemusement. She said she would – kind-of – miss us, as she had enjoyed having people to come home to, and would be a bit lonely again, at first.

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L checking out the finished cot

I hoped the two cats would still be alive when we got home again – they were getting so old.

After all our original lovely plans, we now had about a week to get to to Adels Grove, in time to work over Easter. Via Canberra, so John could meet his first grandchild.

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2002 Travels December 19

THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER     SHEPPARTON TO YEA     125kms

As we were not due home until tomorrow, today’s was a more leisurely start, and a short stage to Yea. NOW we have slowed down!

It was a hot day, again.

Refuelled at Shepparton – 87cpl.

There was a stop for an indulgent pie and pasty  lunch for John, at a favourite bakery at Nagambie. I had sandwiches. It was pleasant by the lake there.

We reached Yea early in the afternoon. Booked into the Yea Family Park – $18.

 

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The last overnight for the van, this trip

After the basic set up, we went for a wander around town. It is a very pretty place, so this was quite enjoyable walking.

I commented to John that this was much nicer than the only previous time I’d stayed in Yea – some twenty years previous. Then, I’d spent several hours in the local hospital, suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, due to a faulty hatchback fastening on my car, that allowed exhaust fumes to be sucked in as I drove.

Today was a much more pleasant one than those we’d spent coming through NSW.

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