On the weekend I popped up the road to visit a friend. They are moving so I hot footed it up there to give her a hand to pack a few boxes. Any excuse for an outing. It has been over a month since we returned from holidays so I was going a little nuts to say the least. So Clancy and I packed up and headed off for 2 nights.
Now by “up the road” I mean 275km, 3.5 hours, 175km dirt road, 100km bitumen, 3 gates, lots of grids and only passed one vehicle the whole way.
I was a little concerned about what state the stock route (road) would be in. But I slapped my face and said “toughen up princess” and jumped in the car. All was going well for about the first hour and a half, then we hit a section of road that had not had a single vehicle across it in about 3 months – we shall refer to this section of road as “The Pea Bush Forest”. Because that is what it felt like I was in – a forest. Here, this is what Pea Bush looks like… just so you can sort out that mental image…..
Ok, so probably not the “forest” image you had pictured right? But to me, this was quite daunting. Considering that most of the roads we travel on look like this:
So when I found myself up to my eyeballs in Pea Bush I may have
nearly soiled myself panicked ever so slightly. One minute I could see the half dodgy road and the next this:
Yes – that is the road people. I know, I was doubting it as well. After smashing through it for a while I thought I had best stop and see if there was an end in sight. I nearly got on the roof of the car to look, but couldn’t see an end to it. I was even starting to wonder if I really was still on the road, but I was, I definitely was. I may well have even plugged in the GPS to make sure I really was on the road. I then noticed a clearer section up on the side of the actual road, so over I went, ahhhh much better. Although the smell of Pea Bush and the sound of branches scraping along worried me ever so slightly. So once again I pulled up, dragged a few mini trees out from under my car and was on my way again.
This is what the clear section of road looked like:
The drive was really quite eyrie. I didn’t pass a single vehicle for the first 3 hours, nothing, didn’t see another human being. It wasn’t until I was on the bitumen that I finally passed a road train, and that was it for the whole trip over. On the way home I think I passed about 3 cars – god talk about peak hour traffic. So as you can imagine there was quite a lot of road rage going on.
Anyway, we made it safe and sound. Of course I took my “Slipper Kit” (thanks to Andrea from Sublime Finds for giving it this name, I love it). Because FF had already packed her blender away I assured her I would bring mine. I thought they were probably in need of a Slipper. And then FF trotted out a bottle of Veuve….of course she did. Because that is how we roll. Needless to say the Slippers were a hit as was the Veuve and we decided to ditch the steak and veg and stick with cheese and crackers. My favourite kind of dinner!
On the way home this MASSIVE “Pea Bush Forest” that I had built up in my twisted little head was actually quite disappointing. I swear they were much larger in real life – honestly! The homebound drive was a lot more enjoyable, especially with the Hamish and Andy Podcasts that FF gave me to listen to.
Did you go away on the weekend? Did your road look similar to this one?
Been through any forests lately? Belanglo, Pea Bush???