The alarm burst into life at 5am. With bags already packed we raced off into the night, tiredness replaced by excitement and trepidation. We were about to meet the latest member of the family.
After a brief hour and a half flight, we made it to Sydney. And there he was. In all his well-loved, battered glory.
Our new pad on wheels.
Say hello to Martin!
Luckily, there’s an app for that!
We found the perfect spot on the outskirts of Canberra, a field in the tiny hamlet of Juigong. It was even free!
We joined the couple of other happy campers in the field. They had the good sense to pitch up before the sun was sinking and were all wrapped up in front of their roaring fires.
We on the other hand…
Well let’s just say that this camping lark is going to need a bit of practice.
As the sun slipped away, we wrestled with the tent (lucky for us Martin came stocked with camping gear) pouring over instructions and attempting to force the random rods and material together.
It didn’t go quite to plan and as night fell we exchanged glances, first at each other and then at Martin.
We pumped up the air bed as quickly as possible, pushed down the seats and converted our old-school station wagon into one helluva comfy bedroom on wheels!
Unfortunately, the great Aussie weather wasn’t on our side. The temperature plummeted down to the minuses and our breath fogged the air. When the cold air began to seep through our thermals we decided to give in and call it a night. We had a lot of driving to do the next day and would need an early night.
I was surprised how quickly the drive went. The Hume Highway stretches all the way between Sydney and Melbourne but the ever-changing scenery of rolling hills, mountains and endless fields makes the drive a lot more interesting than it looks on paper.
After a couple of hours on the road we pulled up at Glenrowan, the site of Ned Kelly’s last stand. The story of Ned Kelly has become Australian legend, much like American’s Jesse James or even England’s Robin Hood. He is shrouded in mystery and Australians are divided over whether he was a goody or a baddie. Proper pantomime fodder.
We had a delicious lunch in the town (nachos served inside a giant edible nacho bowl – just saying) before setting off on the final leg to Melbourne.
I know that our new addition is going to make our Australian trip. Getting a taste of the open road has left me itching for more and I can’t wait to leave everything behind and set off.
For now, there’s a couple of road trips in the pipeline and a lot more spaghetti and soup to buy!
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