Let's just call this `day one'. Although it's not REALLY day one.
After 2yrs in Africa and Asia, this is the first time we don't have an ongoing air ticket... anywhere!!!
So, what to do? Well yeah, we have certainly pondered what comes after`WORLD', and now - golly, is that the time? - we've been `home' in `The World's most Livable City' since April... that's here in Melbourne btw.
Was it Chaucer that said "Time and tide wait for no man"? Itchy feet? Mmmm, well maybe just a little. And the thought of jumping in a vehicle and heading off for some previously unthought of place for an indeterminate time does seem somehow alluring.
Do we need a plan? Well, we'll head off clockwise, summering down south. Oh...and try and pick up as many middle bits as possible too. Yeah, OK, so there's a little work to do...
Will it be one year or two? Now... that is the question. We'll see.
It is true....thinking about this decision is not exactly new. We've pondered proposals on floating pontoon bars by Lagos Lagoon, among the patrons of Paris pancake parlors, in the teppanyaki kitchens of Tokyo, and by Berlin beer-halls. We've chatted in the subways of Seoul and New York City.
Australia outside Melbourne? Well yeah, there certainly is one. Mmmm... just a minute though, haven't we already seen most of The Lucky Country?
Well, we have been to Darwin, Cairns and the Flinders Ranges. We've been lucky to have traversed The Nullarbor more than once and sailed the edge of the great Kimberley wilderness. We've driven the length of Fraser Island and suitably chilled-out in Byron Bay. We've even tackled the wilds of the Canberra capital.
But no, we haven't exactly seen`most of the place'. And there's always `Outback' of course - a notion more difficult to define.
So, time marches on - with the big departure date set for first thing March 2017. Plenty of time? No, not really...there's planning and equipment to sort. And yes, a `suitable' vehicle for our adventures - something robust, and `go-anywhere'.
Well, today there's some news. This is the day!
After browsing for some time we've found our truck - our future home - and the winner is... a white2014 Toyota Landcruiser GXL Troopcarrier.
OK, so that's a start... along with Navigation software and a 4WD Raster Map collection.
Oh, have I forgotten something? We need a blog?... another blog? (Yes, I know, I'm already involved in 2, one being iancochrane.com.au - a collection of short stories on people and places - and the other being TravelnRavel - a wandering bird's-eye overview of most things even vaguely related to travel.)
Well... we really do need a blog for our roadtrip around Australia. But what will we call this new blog? Now... that can't be too difficult.
So, here we are, at the beginning of yet another work in motion. But, it is early days... and there will be tweaks as we go.
WHAT'S NEXT? - a few local Victorian roadtrips and getting to know the truck we've just bought. And more thinking about what we need and where we go from here.