Well, kids had school hols the last two weeks. It was raining non stop the first week, so couldn’t go any where. Then last week it stopped raining and kids and I voted ( very democratic!!!) to chose a city to visit.
Townsville had the maximum vote.
So we decided to head to townsville.
Packed all the gear
Got the Car checked
Found the places where we were going to stay.
Left the house at 7.30 AM..
Just as I was about to turn to the Highway, heard the weather forecast on the radio… Raining in the North QLD!!
It was a moment for spontaneous decision..
There was no way I was going to set up a tent in the rain.
So I decided to head to Sydney.( Not so democratic!)
I had no clue, where I was going to go or what we were going to do.
It was kind of Life is highway moment.
My only consolation was unlike heading to the north, heading south is safer cause there are lots more camp grounds.I also had enough food, fuel water etc to last a week!
I decided to drive to halfway mark and set camp.
It was Coffs Harbour.
I stopped at the visitor information and the lady suggested to try Park beach camp ground.
The best suggestion ever.
Was planning to stay there for a night and then head to Sydney.
Instead stayed there for 3 nights.
The place had a nice camp kitchen, so I didn’t have to take out my cooking gear.
Morning we had pancakes and then hit the beach for surfing.
Afternoon we had sandwiches and went for fishing. ( didn’t catch a single fish!)
Evening we went to Mackers for dinner.
I read Jackie Collins Lucky ( I had read it many years ago, but it was on sale for 4 $ at kmart, so couldn’t resist buying and reading it again!)
Yaya read Brassinger.
Toothless played his game boy non stop.
Baby was reading Fire Star by Chris d’lacey ( I am pretty impressed cause she is only 8 and is reading the same books Yaya reads!)
Then on the 3rd night the rain god must have felt I was having too much of a good time. it rained non stop all night. I had a tarp on top of the tent, so we didn’t get wet. But it was a pain to stand in the rain and pack up all the gear. I couldn’t fold the tent because I didn’t want to end up with mildew.
But that was not all.
I decided to take the New England highway.
It really was a beautiful drive.
There was hardly any cars on the road.
Most stretches were 100km zone.
At one stage there was ute pulling a camper trailer ahead of me going at 60 in a 100 zone. The fact that I can hardly see the road ahead of me because his trailer was blocking the view and had no plans to travel at 60 km/hr for the next 5 hours till I reach home, I decided to over take,when it was safe to do so. I never ever take a risk when I overtake. I always make sure there is good visibility and there are no vehicles coming in the opposite lane.
But just as I accelerated to overtake, the idiot suddenly started to accelerate and swerved to the right, almost hitting me,he and his ute occupied half of the right lane, forcing me to the road shoulder. All this stunt, just so that I won’t over take. I was already accelerating and there was no choice but to continue to overtake him.Besdes I kind of felt this guy is a psycho. Steven Spielberg’s movie “Duel” was at the back of my mind!)So there was no way I was going to follow him..
I have never ever honked like I did that moment. The odd thing is, right after I over took him he stopped accelerating and was again driving at 60 km/hr as though nothing happened.
I don’t understand why people do it.
This is not the first time this has happened to me here in Australia.( This is the first time someone actually pushed me off the road though)
A lot of people travel way below the speed limit, but the moment you try to overtake them, they start accelerating. It is some kind of game i guess.
Anyway, i am back home.. still a bit shaken.