Living the Dream

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 08:00

Member - Greg S2

Two years ago Ingrid and I bought a caravan at the Perth Caravan and Camping Show. Since then we have been planning an 18 month land based circumnavigation of the Australian Continent. After lots of practice (many short trips out of Perth to caravan parks in the south-west; Albany, Denmark, Augusta, Mandurah, Rockingham, Woodman Point, Moore River, Cervantes…….) we finally left Perth 29 April to head north.
Ingrid is a midwife and registered nurse. Until recently she has been working at Joondalup Health Campus. She finished up there mid April to help prepare for our trip. Me (Greg) until recently has been a career banker working latterly for BankWest as a business relationship manager (whatever that means!) in the Kewdale business centre. I applied and was granted a career break from work for 18 months and finished up work mid April as well.
Ingrid and I spent the two weeks since leaving work preparing the house, caravan and truck for our trip. This was a busy and often stressful time! The house has been rented for 12 months (initially) to a son and fiancé of good friends of ours.
The girls are living independently and Casey has been adopted by Jack & Caro.
We have two sets of friends that have recently gone off around Australia. Clare & Martin plus their two children Sain & Jack spent 10 months in 2009 travelling around Oz in the other direction to us. Glen & Peta plus their two children Sabrina & Jet spent 6 months in 2010 doing the same but in our direction. Glen & Peta established a website to record their trip and experiences and this gave us the idea to do the same (I’m going for the blog offered by Exploroz so I don’t have to maintain the site).
The first part of our journey will be a month travelling up the west coast of WA to Derby. Ingrid has arranged a 3 month contract to work in the maternity unit of the Derby regional hospital. This will enhance her career and build on her midwifery profession. I’ll work for our keep – driving? servo? barman?
Loose terms like “at the end of the day”, “going forward” and “just like to thank everyone for working hard, doing extra shifts, longer hours – while short staffed” will be replaced with words like chilling out, spectacular scenery, interesting people and places, plus “is it beer-wine o’clock yet?”, and “are we there yet?”.
Watch this space for further updates.
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