Day 196-197 Blue Mountains you say? Can't see'em!

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Feb 14, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 196

The end is in sight and people started to perk up a little with the prospect of arriving in Sydney the following day. A special BBQ had been organised by Lou and people started to get in the beers and goon in anticipation of this final night.

A long drive day followed and we offically crossed the state border into New South Wales. Sydney started to be signposted and we were going to camp on an offical campsite to people were excited about the prospect of showers and toilets.

We arrived at the campsite late on and were a little disappointed when the campsite office asked us to camp well out of the way (because we were paying a very cheap rate) which meant that we ended up camping on the side of a road, up a slope, instead on the nice grassy camping area next to the toilet block. This now meant a 10 min walk to the facilities, again people started to gumble and took the shine off the BBQ that evening.

We then spent a couple of hours cleaning and emptying out every compartment on Tangeroo, so that it was cleaned and ready to get shipped back to the UK. We were reminded that we were contractually obliged to do this, again something Lou didn't seem to grasp about us, is that we do things properly as Team Tango, therefore do not need reminding.

Amelia, at dinner time thanked everybody for the trip and gave a diplomatic thankyou on behalf of the group to Lou and Adam, who had given us mediocre attention since arriving in Australia. Arrangements were made for meeting up in the evening in Sydney for an awards ceremony and then we ate some really good bush tucker for the last truck meal of the trip. Lots of beer, spirits and goon were consumed before we retreated into the tent when the rain set in yet again.

Our last night in the tent after a 7 month adventure was a night of mixed emotions, glad to finally be in a bed the next evening, but also sad about not being part of this amazing adventure, we reflected a lot before eventually falling asleep.

Day 197 The final day of two halves

Part One

Breakfast was a no go as we were not allowed to use anything off the truck now that it had been cleaned, this meant that we were hungry and thirsty on our way up to the Blue Mountains, the last tourist stop before Sydney. When we arrived it was clear that the weather was in the way again and the viewpoint out over the mountain range was completely obscured by cloud. A few laughs and funny photos later we went inside the visitors cente and many queued up for morning coffee. Lou, however had other plans and tried to shepherd people out and back on Tangeroo so that we were in Sydney earlier than expected. Feeling like she was out to spoil this last day the group rebelled a little and remained queuing for coffee, so that we got an earful when back on board the truck.

We carried on the road with the road signs counting down the kilometers to Sydney, we were almost there!
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