The very thought of a road trip stirs my blood and a sense of freedom pumps through my veins.
The music, loud and vibrant, throbs in time to the hum of the wheels as we head north. Sun turns to showers then back to sun again, the view through the windscreen is of the road rolling up and over the hills, stretching through the endless vista of Australian bush, turned rich and green because of 3 wet seasons.
Two days travel and the scenery is tropical it changes to ten foot high, thick, lush sugar cane crops. Harvest has started on what looks like a bumper crop this season. Sugar cane factories belch smoke in small isolated townships as they whip by, a garage, a hotel/pub, maybe a general store and a clutch of weatherboard houses.
This is the fastest trip we have ever made, covering 2000 kilometres in 5 days, no side trips not even any photo stops and we stayed each night in a motel.
Finally we reach the Gillies Highway a daunting 19 kilometre climb up to the Atherton Tablelands. Fast, modern cars trail impatiently behind us as Matilda struggles up the steep, very windy incline, I pull over when possible and they flash past leaving us once more in splendid isolation to enjoy the freedom of the drive. The rainforest is thick on each side of the road and occasionally we catch a glimpse of the mountain range that we are going to call home for the next 3 months.
So here we are. 5 days getting here, 2 days with our new home owners being shown the ropes of looking after the 2.5 acre property and how to care for the feline family, the chooks and the garden before they flew off to India, the Maldives and Cambodia. Another week has flown by as we settle in to our new house sit. After 6 weeks of almost continuous rain before we arrived the weather amazingly turned fine the day we got here and then it stayed sunny for the next week. Today it is raining again so at last I have opened up the computer to say “g’day” to you all.