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The Route

houses2In order to get from Sydney to Perth we decided that we would forego the airports.  We decided that we’re going to drive it.  We’re going to take the highway all the way over to Perth. That is an estimated driving time of 42 hours.

42 hours is just the estimation of driving straight through.  We’re not going to do that though, we’re going to sightsee along our way.  It is a great opportunity to see different parts of our great country.

We’ll be stopping in all of the main cities, Melbourne, Adelaide, Esperance and our final destination Perth.  We plan on staying about a week in each city in order to have a full experience.  Susan has registered the kids to be home schooled this year through the NSW’s Board of Studies in order to accommodate our trip.

Once we arrive in Perth we’ll give each of the girls the opportunity to go back into public education or to finish off their education with their mom. It wouldn’t be fair for us to take Carol out of school before Year 11 and then put her back into a different school system for Year 12, so we’ll give her a choice.

In Melbourne we plan on doing the normal touristy things like the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Tower and the National Gallery of Victoria. We are also going to book a session in the Escape Room.  We’re all really excited for the escape room.  We’ll have to work together as a team in order to solve puzzles and “escape” the room.

Our next stop will be in Adelaide.  In Adelaide we plan on going to the Adelaide Zoo, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.  We also want to go up to the Mr. Lofty lookout.  I want to stop at the National Railway Museum, but I can’t get anyone else to agree that it sounds like a good idea.  I may go there by myself while the ladies go shopping.

After Adelaide we’ll be driving a long stretch without much to do.  It’s going to be the most painful part of the trip, but then we’ll be in Esperance.

While in Esperance we’ll be visiting the Pink Lake.  Maybe we’ll see if they offer helicopter rides above the Pink Lake in order to really experience it.  We’ll probably also visit the Esperance Museum, but it doesn’t sound too impressive.

Finally we’ll end up in Perth.  All of our belongings should already have made their way to our new home and we’ve communicated with the movers about how we would like the new house set up. Once we open the door to our new house we’ll get a good night’s sleep and wake up to brand new lives.

I’ll go to work like normal at my new job.  Susan and the girls will be able to visit shops and learn about different opportunities our new city offers, and we’ll plan for our next adventure, because if we’re not planning for a new adventure Susan and I go a bit mad.

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My Family

apple bookMy birth parents gave me to the state the day I was born.  Once I was old enough I was able to read the reports and discovered that my birth mother was a drug addict and prostitute and my “father” was most likely her boyfriend of the moment.

I was adopted before I turned one to an amazing couple that were unable to have their own children.  They nurtured my natural curiosity.  If I showed a bit of interest in singing, they would give me private lessons; the same went for art and instruments.  Some may say that they spoiled me, but they just wanted me to reach my full potential.

Not only did they give me all the best lessons and clothes, they also gave me their unconditional love and support.  They made me the successful man I am today and there is no I could ever say thank you enough for all that they gave me.

Luckily they were able to meet Carol before they passed away.  They were so deeply in love that once my father died my mother died about a month later of what I like to think of as a broken heart.  It was sad losing both of my parents in such a short amount of time, but it was almost morbidly romantic.

As I mentioned in the ”About“ section, I met my wife on a backpacking trip through Spain. We didn’t go together; we weren’t even in the same groups.  We just happened to meet in a hostile in a beautiful part of Spain.  Once I got back to Sydney, I called her and invited her to come and visit.

On her visit we realized we were in love and quickly eloped.  It was so ridiculous and impulsive and I don’t recommend it to anyone, but for us it worked.  We’ve been married for a little over 20 years now and we’re still deeply in love with each other.

Our oldest daughter is named Carol.  She is a lovely homebody; she doesn’t have a desire to travel. She does enjoy our vacations.  She would rather read books than go to parties.  We support her unique personality and leave her room to be herself. We’re trying to provide her enough information about Perth for her to feel more comfortable with the move.

Our youngest daughter is Olive.  Olive has always been a daredevil.  She loves adventure as much as her mother and I do.  She has brilliant suggestions about our trips and loves to be in the planning process with us.  She’s really excited to on the road and start her new life in Perth.

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Moving Forwards and Looking Backwards

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Hello to everyone! The past couple weeks in Canberra and Melbourne with my family have been just terrific. We’ve had a great time relaxing and enjoying what the city has to offer. Olive even got to see a crocodile at the zoo, although she didn’t get to pet it like she’d originally wanted. Good luck with that, Olive.

And now it’s time for us to move on. Our next major stop will be Adelaide, although like before, we’re in no rush. We’ve been thinking maybe we’ll take even longer getting to Perth than we originally planned. Believe it or not, our family is thoroughly enjoying spending this much time with each other, although you’d be hard pressed getting Carol to admit it, that obstinate eye-rolling teenager of mine.

I have to say, though, I do miss the life back in Sydney. A couple of nights ago I had a webcam chat with a couple old buddies of mine so they could update me on all the stuff I’ve missed. Even the boring stuff makes me feel some homesickness and nostalgia. I must be going soft with age, or something.

My friend Stan independently owns a furniture repair shop that’s doing particularly well – I guess there’s some trendy thing about mahogany going around right now. He just decided to have his business valued by this company, Key Property Group, and apparently the whole thing is worth a ton more than he imagined. What a pleasant surprise, right?

Mike, another buddy of mine, was running an online promotions company that small businesses would hire to run their social media and that kind of thing. He seemed happy doing it when I left last month, but he’s saying he feels a little overwhelmed and has been thinking of selling to get a fresh start with something else.

But enough about my stodgy old friends, it’s time for me to look forward into these next few weeks with my family! Instead of making a beeline for Adelaide, we’re going to slip down the coast a bit and spend some time in Geelong. Yeah, that might raise an eyebrow or two – we know Geelong isn’t exactly top of the tourism lists – but it’s a great excuse to draw out this trip as long as possible.

Geelong might not have much glamour, but there are some great beaches we might be able to surf. Picture that, a family surf day! There are also some interesting educational sites on the Aboriginal culture native to that area that might be cool to check out. I know Olive’s always game to try something and Susan sure won’t complain about encouraging the girls to learn.

After that, we might head back north a bit for yet more nature action. Grampians National Park is directly northwest of Geelong, and that is park famous for some impressive mountain ridges and is thus extremely popular with recreational climbers. I’m sure Olive will want to learn how to climb the scariest, sheerest cliff face in the entire park. If we’re lucky, she’ll agree to climb with an actual harness. I can just hear it all now.

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Hitting the Road

How to watch Netflix overseasSoon it will be time for us to set out on the first leg of our journey from Sydney to Perth. This first chapter in our story will take us to the city of Melbourne, where we’ve planned to spend at least a week or two absorbing the sights and the culture. Susan and I want the kids to see as much of the country as possible, and this move is a great opportunity to travel while we can.

Theoretically, we could make it from Sydney to Melbourne in just under 10 hours if we wanted to rush. But we aren’t in any hurry at all, so we’ve decided to take the long way around. First, our road will take us to Canberra, the capital of Australia, as well as through parts of Kosciuszko and Alpine National Parks.

It’s looking like we’ll stay at least one night in Canberra. Susan wants to visit a museum or three, although I’m more partial to the idea of sailing on the big lake. I think we could all enjoy the zoo and the dinosaur museum, that sounds like a good compromise for family fun. Of course Carol’s a teenager and way too cool for family time at a museum, but I think secretly she’ll have fun, and I know Olive will be thrilled to see dinosaurs.

We haven’t quite decided on how to explore the national parks we’ll be driving past, but there are so many beautiful mountains in this region and I’m all in favor of hiking up to a peak. Olive, naturally, has asked to pet a crocodile. I gently informed her that hanging out with crocodiles is probably not in our itinerary (and I don’t think there are actually any crocodiles in this area, but don’t tell her that!).

Believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to the drive itself. I love watching the country go by on the roadside, even where most people would see nothing but a boring highway landscape. There’s something so invigorating, yet calming, in seeing the world flow past in my peripheral vision.

Surely, there are some stretches along our Highway A1 route to that I’m certain will be tremendously boring. But luckily, a couple days ago we figured out that we can actually watch Netflix anywhere using a VPN. With this site we figured out which VPN would be the best for us. At least Olive and Carol will have something to keep them entertained while there’s nothing to see, but getting them to agree on a movie will be quite the battle.

Once we get to Melbourne, we’ve got an amazing stay ahead of us. Susan booked a week at a beautiful little boutique hotel in the middle of Melbourne’s arts district and I’m looking forward to trying as many fancy bistros as I can manage. If the family can stomach another round of driving, I’d love to get out and take a day trip down the Great Ocean Road to see the famous 12 Apostles.

After our week in Melbourne, there’s another 3500 kilometers between us and Perth, but I’m in no hurry to get there too soon. I cherish the opportunity to travel with my lovely wife and my two awesome daughters, and I’m so grateful they’re here alongside me. We’ll be keeping you updated as our journey unfolds!