Darwin Via The Gulf June/July 2013 "Last Day"

Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 10:01

D-Max Dave



Headed off for home this morning, a pretty easy day really, 550k so we should be home by mid afternoon.

Stopped in at the Mitchell bakery one more time for coffee and some breakfast before heading off, they open at 5am,we weren't there that early though.

The drive home was uneventfull, plenty of road works, but we are used to that, and we really only stopped for fuel once and at Dalby for lunch at HJ's.

On the way home we talked about some of the places we had seen and about our personal highlights, we also discussed some possibilities for next year, we didnt really make any plans but we all agreed that next year we would try to free camp more, and try to see more of the smaller outback towns.

All in all I think it was a great holiday, we ended up doing 9060 kilometres, 1200 of which were outback roads with dust, corrogations, potholes, and creek crossings, a big drive in 4 weeks I guess but we didnt feel too rushed really, even with the delays caused by the two breakdowns.

Dont get me wrong, a couple of extra weeks would have been great, and would allowed us to spend a bit more time in some of the places we really loved.

With work and school commitments its hard to get much more than 4 weeks at a time, maybe one day we will bite the bullet and take extended leave take the kids out of school, and do the big lap.

There were times when we were a little stressed, the car issues being the main cause, but in retrospect it coud have been much worse.

The issues we had with the car were all fixable at low cost and caused minimul delay, and even with meticulous preparation and car maintenance its obvious things can go wrong especially when you are towing a heavy load over rough roads, for long distances.

While talking to other travellers out there and hearing about some of their breakdowns which included diff, transmission, and major suspension, ours seemed rather insignificant.

What makes a big difference is where you break down, we were lucky both times, being not to far from a reasonably large town, and having the top level of RACQ cover makes all the differance as well.

On our travels we saw some awsome sights, camped in some great spots, met some interesting people, and had lots of laughs along the way, and asusual we learnt a lot about the country, ourselves, our equipment, and the way we do things.

Next year we will change some things to make our holiday even better.

Anyway it all over for 12 months, plenty of time to repair, modify, upgrade, and plan for our next adventure.



Cheers
Dave T
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