Monday, May 25, 2009

On the road, finally!

Well, we’re on the road at last!

We had a great first night (12 May) with Ben and Simone on their property outside Bombala. They were fantastic hosts, and we all had an awesome time. We went four wheel driving in the afternoon, and toasted marshmallows on several big bonfires Ben had lit that night. Then we stopped at Pambula Beach to visit Jessica’s friend Maddy Harvey and her family. We stayed that night at Merimbula.

We had Granny’s 95th birthday celebration in Melbourne on the weekend. It was great to see the extended family together. We also visited the most awesome playground in Frankston, and the cake shops on Acland St in St Kilda!

We had planned to leave Melbourne on Tuesday, but the bus had other ideas. Luckily we were just down the road from the most friendly truck mechanic you’d ever hope to meet (Karl Larsen Truck Repairs, Brunel Rd Seaford 03-9776 4099). He made fixing the recalcitrant engine a priority. He let us hang out in the workshop and even gave us use of his internet! With the fix becoming an overnight job, Karl invited us to stay outside his place that night. His lovely wife Sharon made us all very welcome, giving the kids run of the house. The next morning we went back to the workshop (just around the corner) and straight away he was helping us out again.

The kids are getting stuck into their schoolwork already. They have maths and English texts to work from, and are keeping daily journals. They only spend about an hour a day, all up, but I’m sure they’re learning as much as they would in a full day at real school!

Trucky is thoroughly enjoying being behind the wheel again, and the spectacle we make wherever we go! We’ve already met up with several other motor-homers, including ‘Spud’ the train driver from Parkes, who has offered us hospitality if we’re up his way.