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Packing Up and Moving House Again 2

Updated on August 2, 2010
Leaving Eleura Downs, Trundle New South Walse.
Leaving Eleura Downs, Trundle New South Walse.
3rd day on the road, leaving New south Walse and entering South Australia
3rd day on the road, leaving New south Walse and entering South Australia
The Grey Nomads checking out the "The Great Australian Bight"
The Grey Nomads checking out the "The Great Australian Bight"
Crossing the famed Nullabor Plain, still in South Australia
Crossing the famed Nullabor Plain, still in South Australia
Doing a few repairs, day 5, Nullabor Roadhouse, still in South Australia
Doing a few repairs, day 5, Nullabor Roadhouse, still in South Australia
Leaving South Australia and entering Western Australia, two thirds of the way across the continent.
Leaving South Australia and entering Western Australia, two thirds of the way across the continent.
The longest peice of straight road in Australia, maybe the World? 90 miles no bends!!
The longest peice of straight road in Australia, maybe the World? 90 miles no bends!!
This part of Australia is so remote that they use the Highway as an emergency airstrip for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
This part of Australia is so remote that they use the Highway as an emergency airstrip for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Moving house can be fun and exciting and we've been-there-done-that a few times before, so the idea of that is no big deal. Except on this occasion, the reality is quite daunting. The reason......... just about everything about this move is into the unknown. We are leaving behind everything that is familia and moving to a place, as yet unknow and expect to be looking for work in an industry which has not been part of our previous experience. Sorry..... when I say unknown, what I mean is, that we know that we're moving to Western Australia. That's fine. Western Australia actually covers about one third of the whole continent which is about the same size as all of Europe! So there really is a fair bit of scope to get lost!

What's more we are heading off on a 5000 kilometre road trip right across the continent of Australia in a 16 year old truck towing a 21 year old caravan, both fully loaded giving us a gross weight of about 8 tonnes. To make the thought of that even worse, the engine in that old truck is only a 3.6 litre, 4 cyclinder diesel which makes only about 70 odd horsepower! And, we're taking everthing we think we'll need to set up home when we get there..... where ever "there" turns out to be, including the kitchen sink (literally)!

We have travelled half way across the continent before, and on those occassions we knew that in a week or so we would eventually turn the Four Wheel Drive for home and in due course arrive back there. As in, back in the middle of New South Walse, country that we knew, not far from family members, returning to work that was known with people we knew. In fact serveral times we've done that.

This time though, when we crossed the New South Walse / South Australia Boarder we knew we would not be heading back any time soon. I actually had a bit of a lost feeling. It was quite a funny feeling really. Home, at the moment, is not a place, but rather an idea. In some ways I feel a bit like what I guess a tortoise feels like, because we are carrying our own house with us, so I guess in that sense we're not homeless, just locationless.

The main reason, the only reason, I have not posted any hubs for the last three weeks is that we were working flat out to get ready to leave, packing to leave, and then doing the leaving since then. Some nights we have camped in some fairly remote places without mobile phone coverage and others times after driving for about 10 hours and covering about 600 k's for the day, it was simply just eat tea and crawl into bed!

We have, as I write, arrive not only in Western Australia, but we have travelled all the way across W.A. to the Indian Ocean, where the sun sets over the sea instead of the dusty western plains. We are camped in a beautiful spot right on the water for a few days at the home of Mrs Dags' sister and husband, taking a bit of a break before we begin the next stage of our adventure. It's called work! And, where we find work will determine where home will be, for the next little while at least.


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    • dags the drover profile imageAUTHOR

      dags the drover 

      8 years ago from still lost in Western Australia

      HI L.T. thanks for your comments. It has been a very enjoyable experience. WE've settled in a town (city of 30,000) called Kalgoorlie in what is known as the Eastern Goldfields in Western Australia. Gold was found here in the 1850s-60s. In fact a huge open cut mine called the Superpit, has been dug on the richest mile of gold deposit in the world. There is plenty of work available, but like most mining situations, previous expereince is basically a pre-requisite. We've both found it hard to land a job.

      I think there should be a hub or two to come from all this because it is a very interesting place. If you google ""Kalgoorlie Superpit" you'll see what I mean.

      Thanks for reading... Dags

    • ltfawkes profile image

      ltfawkes 

      8 years ago from NE Ohio

      Wow, Dags, what an adventure. While your journey must be exhausting and even scary, it makes a compelling tale, and I really appreciate the photos. Having moved around a lot as a child and young adult, your travels bring back a lot of memories. Best of luck!

      L.T.

      L.T.

    • dags the drover profile imageAUTHOR

      dags the drover 

      8 years ago from still lost in Western Australia

      Yes.... it's a funny feeling being in the west after 55 years of knowing there was a whole continent to the west! I do need to do a hub with a few more photos to show what "home" looks like now, and identify our "location"

      Thanks for reading SilverGenes. Cheers Dags

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      SilverGenes 

      8 years ago

      "we're not homeless, just locationless" - that sounds rather nice. I can only imagine what it would be like to gaze over the Indian Ocean. It sounds so exotic. The photos really bring it to life, too. You and Mrs. Dags must be exhausted!

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