Yass here we come.. Make that hello Sydney!

Trip Start Apr 03, 2014
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mackay Madness April 2014

Yep you got it we're on the road again…..seeing places that we’ve never seen….

I promise I won’t sing……….

After a bright and early start of 5.07am we hit the road with Bad boy Billy at the wheel, our plan was to make it to Yass (turnoff to our great Capital, Canberra) I think we forgot to stop!

We make it through Melbourne without having to negotiate peak hour & stop to fuel the car and the people at Glenrowan at around 8am we find a quaint little café called McDONALDS!! (I hear the sighing but let me tell you, it’s quick, reasonably clean, they have toilets and most importantly not bad coffee)

Back on the Hume my turn to be in charge, mixed bag of rain, sleet, snow & sun (ok maybe no snow but I’m pretty sure I saw sleet) we see one of the towns coming up is Gundagai so after a quick…."on the road to Gundagai” (I know I said no singing) I remember the gorgeous photo I have as my facebook home page of the 3 kids sitting at the fountain taken about 9 years ago. I come up with the idea they could do the same pose today! YAY both of us say (not such enthusiasm form my friends in the back seat but they’ll get over it!) Arriving at said fountain I show my models the exact pose to strike and after Emma changes her black Ugg boots to more suitable thongs, we start with the re-creation……(hopefully see photo below?!) Quick lunch break and back on the road.

Cruising nicely we fly past Yass at about 1ish and figure why sit in the van in the rain when we can sit in the car in the rain and travel less km’s tomorrow, so onward we push…..we come up with the marvellous idea to stay at Gateway Big 4 in Parklea Sydney, we’ve stayed there a couple of times in the past so know it’s not far off the Freeway so easy to get going in the morning. I give them a quick ring and get a message "office is closed at the moment please call between 9 and 6 M-F or leave a message and we’ll get back to you. I leave a message then after trying a couple more times decide to ring Big 4 head office to ask if they know of any problems, they say it’s not one of their parks anymore and they don’t know of any problems. We push on boring driving freeway driving no little towns to drive through the odd roadwork but because of the rain no-one working so we get the joy of slowing down to 40kph for NOTHING! (rant over) after negotiating mild Sydney traffic we turn off to Gateway a small Big 4 sign still stands on the fence which backs on to the main road, so we wind our way through the residential streets to the entrance to discover it has been turned in to an “Over 55’s residential living” FANTASTIC did the last person forget to turn off the answering machine??? Imagine if they left some poor bugger in the toilet blocks “sorry mate not a caravan park anymore, we didn’t realise you were in there!”

A quick ph call to another park in Lane Cove we now have the fun of hitting more traffic as it’s 5 o’clock, throw in a wrong turn and you’ve got yourself one happy little camping family J

All I can say is it ended happier than the script would have us believe hamburgers and a “special” can calmed the oldies and nice hot showers for the girls and a full hour or so guitar for the boy….We even had a few kookaburras’ stop by. Not a bad end to just over 12 hours on the road and about 900 kms racked up on the new beast

Ahhh let the fun begin..............

Mackay’s Making memories J
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Con Tanousis on

Big Bad Billyboy, love reading your post's keep them coming - enjoy & have a safe trip (:

Caz on

Love it guys...always feel like I am holidays with you when I read your blogs....A Camping holiday sans Camping....suits me just fine :)....enjoy.... keep the blogs coming....perhaps you should have been a writer Luc XX

Vicky Fraanje plus 9 Year 11 Health students on

Hey Mackays!
We're sitting in DOUBLE HEALTH and are a little jealous! Emma - we all think you look a little cute when you're sleeping!!
Have an awesome time!

Rachel on

Thats a lot of driving for one day :) Hope the weather picked up today for you

morgis on

Love your commentary! Mmm that pose in the back looks very similar to one i see in our house lol! Enjoy guys it looks awesome xoxox

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