Well, so much has happened since I last posted. Its been so hectic, and probably the parts of the journey I have most wanted to write about have been and gone in just a few short weeks. We are already here in Bunbury, made an offer on a new home in Dallyellup and had that accepted, and have our home on the market.
The week we left we had packing, inspections and general chaos. Hubby wasn’t sure what the accommodation would have so he said to bring the vacuum, the steam cleaner, pots and pans, food, clothes, linen, pillows and everything, and he would fit it in the car. Magic Tetris. Mmmmm Nope. That was never going to work. So after some last minute packing we set off for our week on the road.
Its interesting when you think about how little you actually need to get along and go, it was going to be like a mini vacation. Car packed to the rafters with two kids in tow, we headed off for our trip. Some snacks on board, they never were going to last the whole trip. Kids were really very good considering that they were stuck in the car for a very long time, with not much to see or do. We trained our 2 year old to play some iPad games, but the iPad rarely used as this was used as incentive to keep her seat belt on, a raging battle. Made four long days to Perth, crossing the Nullarbor plane. The car was very smelly by the time we got there, and would need a thorough clean asap.
Not much life out there during the daytime, while fueling up with diesel saw a gecko. On the journey; 2 dingoes, one feral dog, 2 owls, 25 roadkill, 5 emus, 3 wedge-tailed eagles, 2 sheep, and 6 red kangaroo. Lots of grey nomads and truckers, but families like us few and far between. Kids found camping and stopping at motor inns in strange beds a challenge, and without a porta-cot for the little one it was hell on wheels. He went to sleep eventually in odd places, and she crashed and burned most nights in spectacular fashion leaving both parents frazzled and exhausted after a day on the road.
It was the heaviest rains they had had on the Nullarbor in many years, and made for an interesting drive. Moving more and more into the sunshine, we arrived to the most blissful winter weather ever. 17-18 degrees everyday and mild nights, it has been great. Our oceanfront accommodation was great for a few nights, but we are now in the reality of a general unit near the hospital, where we will get to know the town from before making our new home in a few months.