20.09.2013 - 22.09.2013 32 °C
After some minor hiccups (ok, A LOT) we have set our sights for the next big adventure! Having purchased a bus/motorhome in April, we have finally gotten ourselves organised. Mark replaced the King Pins, Brakes, Radiator, Water Pump, fitted a new seat inside the bus that the kids car seats can be mounted onto, beds for the kids and a few other minor adjustments inside & out to make it ready to go. The bus, a 1980 model Denning was originally a long-distance coach travelling between all the major stops; Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. So we will be travelling along some of its old stomping grounds!
The general plan of this trip is to head straight up to Darwin and then down along the West Coast to Perth as we have a wedding to attend there in late October. We set off from home (Mildura) on Friday mid-morning, reaching 10kms the other side of Port Augusta, SA where we pulled up for our first night. The first day of travelling went really well, the kids seemed to enjoy themselves and travelled well. Mack loves his prime position with full view of the front windscreen and side windows, soaking in all the sights. Happily pointing out various points of interest, including the passing road trains, harvesters and concrete trucks! Having left a little later than we had hoped, we didn’t pull up for the night until just after 7pm. So by the time we had dinner and got the kids into bed it was already past their bedtime and having missed that perfect ‘window’ they took just a little longer to settle. However, once asleep, they both had a great night’s sleep and woke up very refreshed and happy the next morning
It took me a little longer to get to sleep too, thinking of all the awful things that could befall us. Mostly an axe-wielding murderer barging on board and killing us in our sleep! But I can take comfort in the fact that we do have a deadbolt on the front door! We do not need to check into caravan parks this trip as the bus is very self-sufficient with solar panels on the roof that run the fridge/freezer, hot water, split system heater & cooler, & power supply. We also have a toilet & shower on board, kitchen (oven, stove & microwave) and beds. Therefore, we will be stopping in at parking/caravan bays along the way. We hold 600 litres of water and 600 litres of fuel. We are also towing the Hilux on a trailer so that once we stop at towns of interest we can park up the big bus and cruise around in the Ute. Mark would stop every 50-100kms to check the wheel bearings on the bus and make sure the Ute was still following us, only thing is, every time he stopped, Channelle had just gotten to sleep and with the bus stopping, along with the motion, it would wake her up! Uggghh
Having driven this route (Mildura to Alice) just over 12 months ago we will be charging on ahead to Alice Springs before lessening the pace and taking in the sights as we go. After all, we only have 5 weeks to get through 10, 522kms!!
Mark, Delle, Mack & Coco