A Trivial Update

Twenty months down the track, we managed to tow our mini home through every state and territory of Australia and, although we failed to stay in the ACT (the Australian Capitol Territory), we mostly stuck to our original plan of driving around Australia, that is to say, that we primarily drove around the outside.

In doing so, we staying in 108 different locations, with more than 85% of those on or adjacent to a beach, and the greater majority of those beaches provided Dean with a wave to surf.  We visited countless areas of breathtaking natural beauty and incredible places protected under world heritage classifications, as well as little-known spots that locals pointed us towards.

We arrived in Brisbane this afternoon with our amazing adventure now behind us, but all in all, I hope you enjoy the following:

My Last Miscellaneous Trip Trivia

We towed our mini home a grand total of 25,274 kilometres (15,704.9 miles) and at the same time added more than 50,000 kilometres (31,068.9 miles) to the car due to all the additional driving we did once we ‘set up’ somewhere.

I became rather proficient at towing and parking our mini home, but I’m glad we’re home now and I don’t have to tow it anymore.

I posted 307 thoughts regarding our trip, shared 2,239 photos, and loved every minute of blogging about where we were and what we were doing.

Dean and I worked really hard at laughing every day and although there were a few tough moments, they were very few and they were very far between.

Most of those tough moments came off the back of missing our daughters and friends.  Seeing each other 24/7 can be a bit much sometimes, and yet not for one moment did we miss being at work.  (That’s just crazy talk.)

Closing the curtains became an art form with the slightest crack allowing light to enter and (somehow) always hit me in the eye like a beam exploding from a supernova.

I turned packing the cupboards and drawers into such an art form that, even with my eyes closed, I could tell Dean exactly where to find anything.

Some of ‘life’s little luxuries’ took on a whole new meaning with the addition of a shower curtain or floor mat in the (caravan) park amenities becoming the most extravagant and indulgent items in the world.

We finally learnt how to erect our awning so that it didn’t creak when a light breeze came past.  It’s just a shame that only happened a couple of months ago and, for the most part, it squeaked and creaked 9/10ths of the way around Australia.

I’ve become so comfortable cooking on our Weber Baby Q that when I couldn’t (for whatever reason) I really struggled to prepare our evening meal.  As sad as that might sound, with all the cooking I did do on that little barbeque, I never quite managed to master cooking cakes or biscuits.

We house sat four times in three different states and loved these opportunities to spend more time enjoying those areas. (And enjoyed the extra space for a spell.)  At Basin View, a little community of on the south coast of New South Wales, we house sat for so long we felt like locals before we left.

With Dean the only person I had to talk to, you’d think he’d be patient, attentive even, or maybe, just maybe, he’d listen to what I had to say.  Sadly this was hardly ever the case and he continued (and continues) to bait me saying:

“I know you’re talking.

I can see your mouth moving.

But all I’m hearing is:

‘Wah! Wah! Wah!

Wah! Wah! Wah! Wah!'”

And he wonders why I get frustrated repeating myself.

Author: Clare

Ever-expanding one star at a time, my cosmos is a galaxy of thoughts and creativity where you can find poetry, short stories, photography and so much more.

12 thoughts

  1. I’ve enjoyed imagining you both on your travels – of course the imagination skates over anything like creaky awning and reverse parking and makes it all appear like pure bliss. I’m sure on balance it was.


  2. I enjoyed reading about your journey and hope you find yourselves settled in a place you love. With the weather most of us seem to be experiencing just now in Australia I’m sure you’re appreciating a solid home with no awnings threatening to “lift off”.


    1. Thank you Sue. We’re tucked up safe and sound at our daughters place and are looking forward to the adventure that comes along with building a house.


      1. Hi Sue, we’ve bought a block on the Sunshine Coast, at Caloundra, and are waiting now for the builder to come back with the contract. Exciting times ahead as we juggle the finances and the building. We’ve never built before, so I hope it’s not the nightmare everyone says it is.


      2. I think like any project it pays to be a bit flexible and be able to wait things out. It sounds like a wonderful place to build and the surf’s good around there isn’t it?


      3. Oh yes, (to everything) and the surf is good. It’s been Dean’s favourite surf spot for over 20 years, so finally making it ‘home’ will be refreshing to say the least.

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