Dad and Ian are gone again

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:14
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Last year my father and his mate Ian (in their 80's) went across the Nullabor for a little drive!

Well, they're at it again. They had to wait until Ian got the ok from the doctor about his pacemaker and then they wasted no time in getting on the road. Dad does all the driving and Ian is co-pilot.

This time they've been to Longreach, Hughendon, Charters Towers, Atherton Tablelands and were in Karumba last night.

I think they're off to Mt Isa and across the Barkly Tablelands then to Tennant Creek & Alice Springs before heading down to Coober Pedy and William Creek where they hope to take a flight over Lake Eyre.

They're having a ball and reckon their next venture will be a circumnavigation of Australia!!

Viv
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Reply By: Atta Boy Luther - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:32

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:32
I am 45 so i guess i have plenty of time to see what i want . Good on them .
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:34

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:34
Good on them Viv,

I hope I still have it at that age.

Richard
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:51

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:51
Yes great to hear of oldies still getting about despite things like pacemakers. My old Mum, now departed, kept travelling across Oz visiting us from Sydney until her later 80s and she also had a pacemaker.
Her last trip back to the UK was when she was 82 but just didn't have the energy after that for more long haul flights.... too boring for her!
I'm now 65 and hope that I'm still around annoying others especially the Cook, for many years to come yet.
Good on the grey nomads.
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:47

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:47
Gday
Good on the old blokes.Don't sit around and read the paper, get out and make news.
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PS.. Now i am on my way to grandmars for lunch. She is 93 next week.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:56

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:56
Hi Viv

Good on them. I wish them safe and happy travels.

Once we were in a camping store and a couple in their 80s had just sold there caravan as it was getting a bit much for them to manage. They were buying a tent and camp beds to continue their travels.

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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 12:31

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 12:31
Viv, well done old fella - that'll be us in a few years and hopefully we'll meet up with a few more oldies still getting out and getting into it.
Make they keep well and keep laughing.
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Reply By: Member - Lance S (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 15:32

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 15:32
Hi Viv,

Gee at 44 , some days i struggle, makes you look forward to new prime age of the 60's, but i hope i can do that at 80 but i still probably won't see 1/2 of what Australia has to offer.

Good on em

cheers

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Reply By: Mikee5 (Logan QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 15:42

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 15:42
Good for them Viv,

My dad and mum are on their slow way back to Brisbane after caravanning their way to the Kimberley, Kununurra and El Questro and he is also in his eighties. They too had medical checks before going and did a few shorter trial runs before the big trip. They have been caravanning for years and keep saying 'this is the last trip'. But as long as they are competent on the road they keep going. I only hope I still have all my marbles at his age and can do as well.
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Follow Up By: Member - Vivien C (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 18:23

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 18:23
Mike,

Mum and Dad used to travel a lot but she was killed in a car accident in Nov 2006. Dad was badly injured in the accident and spent from Nov 2006 to late June 2007 in hospital and rehab before he could go home.

It makes me so happy to hear of elderly couples travelling ... I just wish that Mum was still here to go with Dad. I'm sure these trips make him think of all the good times they had.

Good on your parents!!! I hope they can keep travelling for a long time still.

Viv
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Reply By: Member - Vivien C (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 18:26

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 18:26
Thanks everyone for the nice replies... I'm really proud of these two great old blokes who are still full of enthusiasm and courage to get out and have a go!

Viv
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:59

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:59
Viv,
Congratulations to you too, it takes a lot to "let go" of dad and let him continue to his travels into his 80's.

I hope my daughters realise when I get to that age it'll be stuff like that getting me out of bed each morning.

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