Byron Bay - We've found the sun!

Trip Start Mar 16, 2009
Trip End Aug 20, 2009

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Clarke's Beach Campsite

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Saturday, May 9, 2009

Since the last blog Tom wrote, we went to the Hunter Valley Wine Region and had LOTS OF FUN tasting wines, and buying a few bottles too! Moby cruised us around with a bit of chauffering help from Tom. Some of the wineries probably knew we wouldn't be taking away cases of wine when they saw our wheels (no offence Mobymojo). That night we did our first "dodge" which means just parking up in a large layby instead of seeking out a camp site - a nice way of getting a free night's accommodation provided no one moves you on!

We moved onto a bush campsite after that, and had it to ourselves since it was in the middle of nowhere. Tom made one of his famous estimations on the length of a bike ride to a lookout: "Jess, it'll probably be half hour gentle trundle out to the lookout..." A LOT of hills later I was knackered and thankfully a friendly aussie who had spoken to us earlier in the ride came back from the lookout to pick us up because he had driven up the final hill and quite rightly knew we probably wouldn't bother once we saw it! Great view though.

Port Macquarie was the next stop - a nice town where we decided to do a run along the headlands. That was when the downpour that lasted all night started - we got soaked to the bone but it didn't matter after a hot shower and many cups of tea in the van!

The next day we found out we had received the government stimulous money and immediately put a recently purchased sparkling shiraz in the fridge. We spend the day on beaches singing "We got nine hundred dolll-lars" Wayne's World style. That night we ventured out to a bush camp again and as soon as we stopped we heard a curious mewing noise. The source was a kitten which had clearly been abandonned: it wasn't wild or capable of surviving in the forest and followed us back to the van. We took it in and, although it was very cute, its relentless climbing all over us, all night, did ware a bit thin! While drinking the shiraz, our song changed to "We got $900...and a stray cat...." The next morning we left in the capable hands of the RSPCA.

And now we are in Byron Bay! We have visited some great beaches on the way but the one here is special. We have done a bit of surfing today...well Tom did...I had a board but I can't say I actually managed to surf!

An island of Brisbane is next on the list for the trip, and then up the Queensland coast to see what we find!

Note from Moby:
"I have made it to the land of campervans! Until now my maximum speeds of 80 on the flat and 25 up a hill have made me feel pretty inadequate, not to mention the massive dint Jess put in me before we set off...but I am at home with plenty of other crumpled old vans containing hippies here! I have to say I am holding up quite well considering the massive amount ok Kms I've been doing too, only damage so far a few cat hairs but I think Tom and Jess have realised I'm not an animal shelter now. Hopefully the roads will be flat and I will see more of my kind from here on up to Cairns" :-)
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tktmix on

Bon Voyage from Miami
Jess I loved your blog!! how is the cat doing?
I can't wait to read more... say hello to Tom and the rest of the crew (mobymojo and the cat)... haha

luv u tons - Caro

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