The first two weeks of our trip were very similar to the way we always travelled while working. We had a destination, we needed to be in The Barossa, SA for the Kokoda Caravan Owners National Gathering. We had planned things to see and do on our way down, and being on a time schedule, our days were full.
The Kokoda Gathering was a huge success, we met up with over 160 people, we explored the area, had lots of happy hours and raised over $18000 for Royal Flying Doctor Service! It was a very busy week.
After the event was over, we could take a deep breath. Our time is now ours.
We easily slipped into a totally different mindset.
Usually while working we had our route set and tried to fit as much in as possible with the limited time available. There was rarely any flexibility. In saying that, we thoroughly enjoyed travelling that way. That type of travel is the reason we have already seen so much of this country, but now it’s different.
We often have spent over a month on the road, sometimes up to 8 weeks, so we are used to being together 24/7 for extended trips. It’s very different when you know this is forever. We are constantly reminding ourselves we are not on holiday and this is the way it is! Since the Kokoda event, we have not driven many kilometres. We have easily adjusted to small drive days, find a camp, and set up with no idea of how long we intend on staying. We discover what the area has to offer and just stay until we’ve seen it all!
We have introduced lazy afternoons every few days. An afternoon to read, enjoy the scenery, relax, wash the car, write some blogs, do some washing. None of this was possible before.
We had been concerned about leaving our young adult boys with special needs at home. They seem to be coping just fine with the supports we set in place before we left and with the caring, watchful eyes of both their grandmothers. Fingers crossed things continue to go smoothly.
Our relationship has always been strong. Being together is not hard. We are both noticing the relaxed pace has changed us. We didn’t think it was possible, but after 28 years of marriage we are even more comfortable with each other, conversation about the tiniest thing is valued. Our decision to travel now, rather than later, was the right one.
We are very Happy Campers!