Distances of over 300km separate Australia’s Nullarbor road houses, which stick up like modern day oases of over priced fuel and exorbitant food ($7 for a hotdog!). The occasional road house prides it self on having real coffee, the others pride themselves on NOT having real coffee, and smug signs in the window express their disdain for city dwellers who ask silly questions like ‘do you have today’s paper’ or ‘can I wash my car?’.The paper won’t be in ’til next week, and water is strictly limited. In fact, a short shower will cost you $4.
We had been home 5 weeks when Chris and I worked ourselves into a Green Ginger Wine fueled internet frenzy one night, searching for exit strategies.
Buying another car and caravan… Cheap flights to Asia. Oh look, motorhomes are cheap in Germany! And there are cheap flights to China. Hang on, nope, lets not go there again! What about Canada?
I have long believed that being outdoors dissipates ratty behaviour in children. The nastiness evaporates. It is diluted in the breeze and space and light. Their shouts have less force, there are no walls to bounce off, no echos, no corners. (the opposite of this effect is called cabin fever, and not some lovely Laura-and-Mary cabin either)
Since stopping our travels, I have learnt that movement has a similar effect on baggage. click here to see what I mean
Don’t they look dashing and beautiful?