Would you care to join me for a drive to town? This will give you an idea what the long journey is like. No popping down to the corner shop for milk. So jump in, buckle up and get ready to open some gates. This is stage one of my journey down to the annual ProBlogger conference.
I will take you on the short cut. This drive is only 395km opposed to 460km if you were to go down the main stock route. The trade off is that there are a heap of gates to open, but they keep you awake, so I am on board. Normally I have a little gate opener with me but yesterday I was driving solo, and loving myself sick just quietly.
So this is our Eastern Freeway, or what we like to call “The Wine Road”… you see it is the road that leads to Mrs Savvy B’s house. We don’t go past Mrs Savvy B’s house on this trip, so don’t get all excited or anything.
See… it’s basically a motorway…
Now, the definition of disappointment would have to be getting to a grid (or ramp if you like) and finding a gate over it…. that is what happens at the first gate. So go on, out you get and open it. If you want to ride shot gun then you have to get the gates. You just do!
Entry into our next paddock via a grid… and this time there are no gates… it is pretty exciting. Who doesn’t love a grid.
I didn’t pass any vehicles for 3 hours but just after I crossed this grid a Chopper over took me, because that’s how we roll out here..
Sorry, it isn’t the best photo, but you get the drift. It was Lachie. He works for Mr & Mrs Savvy B and he also does all of our mustering work when we need a chopper. He was heading back home this time after helping yard up. We had a bit of a chat on the UHF and then he was gone, just a spec in the sky.
Now, after you open this gate you can settle in for a while, the next one isn’t for another 20km or so. Enjoy your rest.
Now onto our boundary gate. It is a doozie too, you have to be pretty quick swinging it shut, I like to challenge myself on this one and hate it if I don’t get it first go.
After this gate you can have another rest, there isn’t another gate until we get to the NT/QLD Border. Have you got your passport ready? Because here it is. Wind your clocks forward half an hour please, we are about to enter the Sunshine State.
Four… last one! Yippee, it is pretty exciting stuff when you close your last gate… home and hosed, you are nearly there. We are nearly in Camooweal.
There it is… Clancy’s favourite town.. his whole world… Camooweal.
Ok, if you need to use the loo or get a quick bite to eat, now’s your chance, but make it snappy, we still have 185km to go. But it is highway all the way from here.
Once on the highway I decided to give the Hamish and Andy Podcast a rest. I belted out a few tunes at the top of my lungs. Don’t you just love driving solo, I can’t even remember the last time I sang that loudly. I had to put Let it Go (from Frozen) on a few times to learn all of the words and thought at one stage I may well pass out because I was singing so loudly, and really did think I sounded just like Idina Menzel. Seriously, it was pretty good! Come on, you do it too, don’t you!!!
The cold never bothered me anyway….
Ok, back to the story, sorry I was busy with my hands in the air pretending they were playing a violin…. oh yes, I am quite theatrical when alone in the car.
Right, so where were we. Oh that’s right, nearly in town. But not before we overtake about 17,073 caravans and 6 road trains (some have 4 trailers!!!).
Look, I can nearly see the smoke stacks and there’s Jac and Shaz, sitting there proud as punch on a new sign – the sign of champions. Welcome to The Isa my fine friends!!! You made it, I am so proud of you, and you totally rocked those gates, I think you would make quite the bushy.
And we are there! 5 hours and 8,042 gates later. But it was fun wasn’t it? Who doesn’t love a road trip? My favourite accommodation in town is The Isa Hotel. Smack bang in the middle of things, and a great feed too. I enjoyed the Reef & Beef. And I couldn’t have been happier with my room. So spacious, a huge TV, clean, crisp sheets. There wasn’t one thing that disappointed me. The best thing about this particular room is the fact that there is no window so it was lovely and dark. I was hoping for a sleep in but it didn’t happen, so I thought I would get up and say hello to all of you. I am looking forward to heading downstairs and enjoying some Eggs Benedict for breakfast. Yum!
Next stop: Airport to fly down to Brisbane. See you on the flip side people. Brisvegas here I come… Would you care to join me? Stay tuned. You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram too. That way it will feel like you are having a little child free holiday too, because did I mention that I am having 6 nights child free? Did I?