It has been a while, But the story continues…

Here I am,

Probably just when you had given up all hope that I was going to return to blogging…

It has been that long that I don’t know whether to continue on from the last post or to start with more recent times!

Ok, Well to date one of the most memorable things of the trip happened just a few weeks ago and I know to a lot of people it was nothing!  I had just got into bed and was reading for a minute or to when I felt the dog under the bed pushing up, then as I thought for a second I realised I hadn’t let the dogs into my room a little puzzled I looked around the room to realise that there was a lot of things moving, It went on for about a minute in which time I had to get up and put a hand to the flat screen tv on the dresser before it toppled over and that was that I had witnessed my first Earthquake, thankfully no damage was caused as it was approx 90 miles deep and deep enough not to cause any waves!

So back a bit…     All in all I had a great time on the Sydney to Cairns leg with Simon, and although we punched in a fair few miles we managed to squeeze in a few activities and find some nice eatery’s along the way, the second night of the rd trip we ended up in the country town of Murwillumbah were we camped in the show grounds, for dinner we found ourselves at a kinda trendy cafe called Luffley Cafe where most of the seating was on the street and being a Friday night they had live music in the form of the Lovely Vanessa (Guitar, Vocals) and Richard (drums) I would recommend it to anyone…

Next day we kept the hammer down to get up towards surfers paradise, stopping for about an hour for some grub and a stroll on the beach where we both managed to get sunburnt all down one side, I had been looking forward to seeing Surfers Paradise but on arrival was very disappointed as it is completely commercialised and reminded of Blackpool or the likes but with better weather, 40 years to late I guess!  On up the rd a tad we pulled into Water World hoping to get a wash but they were closing up for the day, so with a little time on our hands we called Chris Brown a friend from home who moved out here back in march to the Brisbane area, finally luck was on our side and Chris was just on his way home from work and only lived a few Km’s away so we met up with himself and Shaz for an hour before getting on the rd for Somerset Dam, unfortunately it was dark and I have no idea what the countryside was like on the way up, but going by what was on view the next morning we probably missed some good views.  On up the road we stopped at the Australia Zoo of Steve Irwin fame but it was absolutely packed, I think Simon was keen enough to go in for a look see (sorry Simon) but I got back on the road and stopped at the “Big Kart Track” were we had a 30min run on the 1.2Km track which was mighty craic and left us both with some sports related injuries, back on the rd we got the length of Bundaberg but couldn’t find the campsite we where looking for so I backed the van up to the sea break for the night, we were rudely awakend by the cackles of two women fishing on the rocks just at the back of the van, so I swung open the doors and gave them a fair old shock!  The craic was good so I got the fishing rod out and threw a line in to and before to long I had the breakfast in the pan!  Well, thats where the fun began, while I was preparing breakfast I threw Simon the rod to see if we could make it a feast, what happened next was probably highlight #2 of the trip and makes me laugh everytime it comes to mind, Simon cast out and a bird thought the spinner looked good and made a dive for it and managed to hook it’s foot, so as Simon was calling for assistance I could hardly stand for laughing at him and while trying to catch a breath I managed to grab the camera…

At least Simon got a shag...

Sorry I didn’t proof read for typo’s etc…

I’ll try and do a bit more tomorrow night…

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The Road Goes On Forever And The Party Never Ends…

Well here I am, It’s Getting late so this may fade out at some point…

I finally jacked in the job on the stud to continue my travels…

If it wasn’t for Simon I don’t know when I would have escaped the lights of Gundy, the people where great and the craic was good and I enjoyed the work, I have never experienced a feeling of community anywhere else like I did in Gundy and to be accepted in like I was, well I can’t explain it!!  I’ll not name everyone at this stage partly because there was so many people that looked out for me and they will prob never see this blog to know!

Anyway, I left my job at the great Kitchwin Hills on Friday 26th of June in preparation for meeting up with Simon, that night I went to a friends place where I learnt how to kill and skin a few lambs!  The next Day when I should have been packing my gear back into the van I ended up helping with running repairs at the Gundy Rodeo Ground and after that a few repairs on a friends Landcruiser and when the work was done we gathered up a few beers and headed out on a pig hunt despite the dogs jumping a couple of times we didn’t come on any pigs!!  So typical me everything was left to the last minute and after my lie-in I got up and got stuck into my laundry pile and other chores before I could even pack, then It was up to the farm to say my good-byes to everyone then back to pack the last of my clothes from the drier and pick up Rosie to head for Sydney about 4hrs later than scheduled…

We arrived in Sydney around 18:30…  I tell you it clearly isn’t everyday a Falcon Panel van pulls into the valet parking bay of the Hilton Hotel Sydney, they clearly assumed I took a wrong turn and they looked even less impressed when Rosie and I jumbed out and told them to be careful with the auld girl, so with the van in the hands of valet parking Rosie And I made our way to the Lobby to meet Simon and have a beer!!

to be continued…

… Continued

After a bit We went to find the car for Rosie to get her bags and go to her hotel…

Valet parking know a good one when they get it!!

Valet parking know a good one when they get it!!

After we got Rosie on her way I had to check out our room, it was probably the cleanest most luxuriess hotel room I have ever seen, from the tv in the double shower cubical to the electric black out blinds and so on, it was fantastic (cheers Simon…) we then went to meet up with Gee and Anne for a pizza and beer (good to see ya’s again)!!   We spent the next couple of days touring around the city and sampling some of the local beverages!

Slightly worse for wear we bailed out of the Hilton on Wednesday morning and first stop was to see Baby Connor and Lorna of course, then it was to the northern beaches to explore, It was ok for me but I think Simon was a bit shocked moving from the Hilton to the back of  my van in some random carpark on Barron Joey Head!       Next morning after our short hike to the lighthouse Simon was keen to go up market again after slumming it in my van so it was to the very nice Boat Shed for a ***** breakfast!!  We met Julie for a quick cuppa but unfortunately the boys where at school!  We got on the rd and drove for around 5 hrs to our first camp spot a fair bit inland from Port Macquarie in a spot called Ellenborough which we found in the “Travelers Bible” which lists thousands of free camp sites around Australia…

We’ve got ourselves a convoy 10-4

Well folks I’m back…

Over the festive period and into the new year there was just to many things to write about that I decided not to write about any as I tend to go of on a rant without much warning!  I hope all had a good Christmas etc and are making the most of the new year!

One thing that has been brought to my attention of late is the new “Driver CPC” from the DVA that is “the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence” at first I thought it might have been a good enough plan but as I read own I very quickly realised that it would appear to be just another harsh money making racket by those already over payed scheming so and so’s in the civil service! I could start a full scale rant about the not so civil service but I’ll spare you that one in the mean time! Back to the driver cpc, What is the problem I hear you ask, well correct me if I am wrong but in my experience Lorry drivers aren’t a bad bunch, despite what that clown Jeremy Clarkson says they’re not all gear jamming, prostitute murderers, in fact I reckon the regular lorry drivers are about the most courteous drivers on the roads in the UK, they are the first to flash you in on the motorway or warn you when smokey is just around the next bend, so some would say the DVA have gone arse about tit with this one, but don’t we actually know it is carefully planned in a way that will bring in the most revenue as it is aimed at the commercial drivers which there are hundreds of on our roads and are the most experienced of the lorry drivers about, but I wouldn’t need it for a horse lorry that I drive 10 or 15 times a year and it takes me about the first 25miles to get used to the size of  it every time I drive it and am probably the most likely to have or to cause an accident the same applies to car and bike race teams etc which I have nothing against I might add! I’m just completely browned off with government bodies coming up with schemes to rob the working man of every last penny he earns when they could weed out their own gardens and save the country millions if not billions of £’s, after all they are only coming up with these hair brained ideas to line their own pockets and create jobs for the boys!

Maybe someone can sway my thoughts but in the mean time this is my true belief!

Until the next time…    Ten-ten – we’ll do it again