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Packing Up and Moving House Again 2
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.