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Byron Bay and Binna Burra

We headed off with all our anticipated goods and chattels to Byron Bay. Tried our new GPS system and the lady didn't lead us too far astray. Had to call in to Mudgeeraba to get measured for mosquito screen off the back of the van. We were to have it fitted on our return. The navigation system was mastered!

Next was Byron Bay. The van drove really well and we are very happy with our choice of size. We had no routine setting up the camp but after not too long we had worked out the awning and all the other bits and pieces. Anyone watching us would have known we were new to this thing. We got the laptop working like a charm for TV. In fact the reception was clearer than the TV in our motorhome. We made a new TV room in the motorhome off the back doors. Under the bed was a perfect place for the laptop - had feet up on the rear fender and cocktail of Baileys! Perfect so far.

The next morning after a restful sleep I got up early to have my cuppa. Thought I could slip out quietly and have tea under my awning and a read of a book. Unbeknownst to me, Geoff had locked the van before he went to bed. I opened the door around 6am and the alarm went off. How embarrassing! Geoff said he wasn't coming out of bed for a few hours due to the embarrassment. Everyone would have worked out by now that we were new to this (including the shiny new van).
Geoff went surfing twice that day on Clarke's beach and we had lovely walks.

On the day we left, we met a couple who had a really nice motorhome. Much bigger than ours with a bed permanently made up. What luxury and a whole lot more space. After showing off each others homes we wound up the awning. I suddenly spotted a huge monster goanna across from us sniffing around someone's tent. They were not there. I freaked. Who would have thought you would see these monsters at the beach. Yuk. What is the NT and outback going to be like? I hate reptiles!!! If I had known I would have stayed inside the van all the time. We had a quick surf at Wategoes Beach and Geoff had lunch in the van.
Geoff's birthday lunch

Geoff's birthday lunch

Nicky's excellent driving skills

Nicky's excellent driving skills

At Binna Burra we were already experienced and got set up a lot quicker. Things went really well. Geoff's birthday, so I shouted him a lovely dinner at the lodge. Yumm. The van is very well insulated and was warm even though it was windy and cold outside. So far so good.
in a routine

in a routine

On the last night I went to brush my teeth and saw a 'shiny stick'. I quickly jumped over it realising it was a snake. It slithered along and I nearly trod on it. New note to make for me 'always bring a torch'. We have made a lot of notes and a list. Some things are to be added and others will have to go. Scrub turkeys everywhere at both destinations. Pity they aren't edible. They are always sniffing around your things for food but I would rather them than a big goanna!!!

Anyway I think we are really going to love this life once we get going. That will be around June 19. We have tenants already which is great. All I need now is a buyer for my car. Until the real journey, blondnomad is signing off.

Posted by blondnomad 00:32 Archived in Australia Tagged automotive

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Wow!!!! No wonder you are correcting the Naplan Tests. Your "blog" is soooo---- professional. sounds like you are really fast learning all the ropes. Yes I'm sure you will love the next 6 months or so. congrats on your great update. Don't worry too much about the wildlife critters. Cheers

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