Trip Start Jun 18, 2010
13Trip End Aug 29, 2010
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And so began the evenings of reading upon the internet, buying books and magazines, looking at maps and Google earth. With all the reading came more questions than answers though...what camping gear do we need, do we need a different car, tent or camper-trailer or caravan, where should we stay overnight, how do you divide up the long sections of road to be covered, should we go all the way to the Top? So we decided that one of the first things to do was to have a few "test camping trips"over the next few months
In terms of our rig, we came to the conclusion that the Subaru wasn't going to hack it.So eBay became my best friend for the next few months hunting for a cheap 4x4. Sometimes it felt as if the whole of Australia was out to buy the bargain I had spotted. So much for picking up a bargain on eBay. Eventually we found a 4X4 which was just advertised in the neighborhood along the road. After a bit of negotiation we were the proud owners of a Nissan Patrol Turbo Diesel. Pretty stock standard in good condition. Picked it up the same day, it was a Friday afternoon and went straight camping with it
In the meantime we had been working through the final itinerary for our trip. Initially we thought of leaving it wide open but with restricted camp spots in the national parks and it being peak season we had to book most of our national park stays in advance. Whilst this takes a bit of the spontaneity away from the trip it however means that at least we didn't have to stay in commercial campings all the time. The other decision we made was to actually go all the way up to the Top. At first we didn't think this was going to be feasible but with the setup of the 4X4 and reading up on it we have decided to give it a shot
As for the family, the kids are extremely keen on the trip, albeit for different reasons. Ruben is keen if it was just to get 3 months off school ;-). We have had to request permission to take them out of school for that long but have had no issues in getting it granted. One of the teachers worded it just perfectly saying: "Well as a teacher I should not recommend to take your child out of school for that long but as a person I think the opportunity is amazing and it will be such a great experience for them" They will be doing a bit of home schooling every day with us and will also keep a journal which we will try to summarize regularly on this blog. Their respective classes will also follow our trip via this website to keep in touch and get a glimpse of what Anouck and Ruben are up to. Watch for their updates.
As for my wife Isabelle, she has been the driving force behind this trip and if it wasn't for her it would probably still be a pipe-dream. I remember her calling me at work one day asking me what we were going to do as I was obviously not making up my mind again. So there and then we decided to go for it. I needed a sea change anyway and as such resigned from work the next day, served my 3 months notice to finish up at the end of May. So here we are...alll ready to go. Tomorrow is the start of our big adventure. We will do our best to keep this blog updated and hope that the many pictures will tell a thousand words. Stay tuned...there is much, much more to come!!! Hope you will read up on our adventure on this website rather than hear about it on the news channel ;-)
Chat soon...Anouck, Ruben, Isabelle and Bart