Home Again Angelique
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Ingrid met us at the Brisbane International airport and drove us to the domestic airport. Brisbane realy needs to think of something better than the way they operate at the moment. It is crazy to have to catch a bus or train to get from one airport to another. Also not very easy when you are lugging suitcases with you. Wake up Brisbane and take a look at some other ideas. That is my last whinge for this blog. Got to the domestic terminal and waited for the flight time ( 3 hours ) This was easy for us as it was good to see Ingrid and chat to her. Had a nice coffee as well . THANKS INGRID
All to soon it was time to board our flight to Cairns. Before we took off Rick said " Gee that coffee is sitting on my stomach " Oh no I thought he has caught my bug and yes he did. It was a long journey back home for Rick. Our friends John and Rene picked us up from the airport and drove us home. Rene, bless her, put a food parcel together for us which was most welcome although at the time we could not eat anything. Arrived home and went straight to bed where we stayed feeling sick and sorry for ourselves for the next 24 hours. I felt a bit better yesterday but Rick has only just recovered a bit today. Finally the food parcel came in handy. Shopping tomorrow and replenish the pantry.
It has been a fantastic holiday. We were away 102 days , did so much, saw so much and managed to get ourselves through 10 countries, travelled 10,133 km or 6333 miles .Charlie used close to 1200 litres of diesel but did not use any oil or water. She was cheap transport Drove through the UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark,Switzerland, Lichtenstein,Austria,Italy and France. Managed to make ourselves understood in their associated languages, shopped in their local supermarkets and used their public transport with success. We stayed in 21 different caravan parks with rates varying from 15 euros to 30 euros depending on the seasonal rate. Rick did a great job driving which was not always easy and of course driving on the other side of the road from here. I was FANTASTIC navigating but mostly confirming what Basil Garmin told us to do.Could not have done it without the Garmin they are just wonderful .Charlie Helios catered for our every need and made our journey comfortable. She never missed a beat and tackled every road we came across with ease.
So now it is over, just a little sad but some wonderful moments to look back on. The highlight was Rick catching up and meeting his family at last, after all that was the whole purpose of it all in the beginning. It just grew from there.
People to thank . First and foremost Graham and Carol, thank you so much for everything. You made the whole thing possible by helping us out with Charlie and all the administration stuff that went with it. Of course you were great tourist guides, travel buddies and most of all fantastic hosts.We love you both . See you again next year. To Rick's sisters and their partners thank you so much for your kindness and eagerness to meet Rick, we felt the same.Sometimes better late than never. It was great to get together with you. See you next year too.
To everyone that followed this blog, thanks it was so good to have you there and thanks for your comments. We read everyone of them with fondness.
Of course as far as I am concerned a big thank you to Rick for after nagging him for 35 years to
go to the UK he finally gave in, now I can't stop him travelling of course but that is a good thing.
So this is my last blog entry, ta for staying with us and we will do it all again next year.
Take care and stay healthy