HELLO + WELCOME to the regular Wrap Up of what’s been happening as we drive our way from Sydney to old London town, via the guts of Africa.
It’s day 39 on the road and we’ve been making tracks since our last Wrap Up. We have our feet firmly back on mainland Australia and are still settling into life on the road.
It’s Kirsty here with the Wrap Up today. Here’s what has been happening.
GUESS WHO’S ON THE FRONT COVER?
Our mugs have made the front cover of Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Magazine. We found out in the middle of Little Desert National Park when one of G’s best mates text him a photo of our spread. We (quite literally) began jumping up and down with excitement. Totally the happiest people in a desert… ever.
The excitement (AND dancing AND singing) comes from a place of really wanting to share this expedition with as many adventurous souls as possible. What an absolute pleasure it is to be be able to share the experiences of this expedition. And what an incredible opportunity to move and inspire people to get out there and explore. We are incredibly passionate about exploring Australia and Africa – so writing and having photographs published in mainstream media is a dream come true for us both.
Look out for us on the front cover in your news agency, followed by an article on the expedition and the South Coast. The PC team have pulled together a cracker on an edition.
We will be writing for the mag as we roll along on this adventure. If you are keen to get a copy delivered to your front door just click here to subscribe.
YO, WHERE YOU BEEN?
Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Grampians National Park, Victoria
The Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria
Ngamadjidj Shelter with Aboriginal paintings that are approximately 20,000 years old
Living outdoors every day something happens that just takes your breath away.
River campsite by Lake Hindmarsh, Victoria. We had kilometres of total river front totally to ourselves. Sharing only with birds and kangaroos. Until the next day when some locals decided to park directly in front of us. Between us and the river. It seems some humans need to be studied…. we have learnt to just laugh!
Wyperfield National Park, Victoria
Wyperfield National Park, Victoria
Mud in the desert. Fun! Little Desert National Park, Victoria
Home for the night in the desert region of Victoria
We’ve been driving our way along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. We have spent a bit of time in Victoria prior to this trip already so we zoomed through and spent a couple of days chilling in the mountains overlooking Apollo Bay. We came off the ferry from Tasmania sick and tired so a little down time to recoup was needed. Hot tip: Book a cabin on the ferry, it’s worth every cent. As we found out after not booking one for our return trip.
We spent time exploring the Grampians National Park and then the deserts of Victoria called. This was our first go at driving sand. Signs threatened ’4WD Only’ and ‘Deep Sand Ahead’. Well the Troop and Gareth’s driving did spectacularly well! Total novice masters! So impressed with what these 4×4′s can do. Lots of fun and not stuck once. Late that afternoon watching the sun set and the full moon rise up over the desert plains with a well deserved red wine in hand was … pure gold.
We have just entered South Australia and plan to spend quite a bit of time here.
We’ve been on the road nearly SEVEN weeks now. That’s nearly double the amount of annual holidays most Aussies get. As time goes on we are becoming more and more attuned to ‘What do we really want to get from this expedition?’
Of course there is a mammoth challenge in driving all the way from Sydney to London.
However there is no challenge in seeing beautiful things each day. And while we get a lot of joy out of seeing the World it feels like we need an additional purpose.
We already have a plan for charity. So it’s not that.
Instead, it’s more about, feeling like we are really using this special time in our lives to it’s fullest. We are living our dreams after all.
Reading. Learning. Expanding. Getting our creative ON. Writing. Photography. Being entrepreneurial.
To move our bodies. To shift into the healthiest versions of ourselves. To be and do what inspires us.
At the end of the day if all we can say to ourselves is ‘We drove across the World’ we’ll be pretty proud. But this, Aussie Overlanders affair, is about more than that. It’s about taking life from ‘I’m fine thanks’ to ‘I’m f!!king great, thanks for asking!’.
We want to slow down the pace and find kick-arse remote camp sites to absorb as much as we can.
KEEPING FIT ON THE ROAD
Running in a new place every day feels so incredible.
You. Your shoes. The thud, thud, thud. Every now and again raising your eyes off the path to puff out a ‘wow’.
Some mornings it takes a bit of grunt to get going. Other mornings we are out running effortlessly. Jogging through dried up river beds, desert tracks, along beaches, scrambling across rocks and just yesterday through the Adelaide hills. The yoga mats have crept out a few times too for some much needed stretch outs of stiff driving muscles.
Mantra: Start the day the way you wish it to continue.
Note: You run faster when not taking selfies.
GARRY GOOD GEAR
In Hobart we received a bundle of Just Jerky in the post from Just Jerky headquarters. I imagine a house of meat… like that Lady Gaga costume turned into a home.
Well, the official word from Gareth is ‘Yum’ + ‘Where’s that jerky?! I want some’. It’s proved perfect for stashing away as a healthier option when he’s craving a salty hit on the road.
Me? Well I’m not much of a jerky food fan unfortunately. But I did have a nibble of the Chilli and it was packed full of flavour. They also offer Original Soy.
The fact Just Jerky is Aussie owned, made from 100% Aussie beef and the business is based in my home town makes this a winner! If you are a jerky fan (or willing to be converted) check them out by clicking here and here.
Waking up with a different view outside the tent window every day + not knowing where the day will lead us + having unfixed plans + the warmer weather + bon fires in the fire pit + growing confidence in driving on sand + confidence in the Troopy to go anywhere + nicer tasting water (goodbye cruddy tasting water) + reviving hot showers + spotting a bearded dragon on the road + meeting like minded souls + being interviewed by Hema Maps for an upcoming article + full moon rises.
That’s us all wrapped up right now.
As we head into South Australia we would love to hear in the comments below if you have any ‘You gotta go here’ recommendations.
Don’t be shy – let us know!
THANKS as always for tuning in. We both absolutely LOVE having you along for the ride in spirit.
Now get out there + explore!
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