Quick update from on the road.

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We have been on the road almost a week. Today it is raining so a good opportunity to find the local library and catch up with emails.

We decided to travel from Geraldton to Perth on the bus. Much, much slower than flying, 6 hours instead of 60 minutes, But much easier on the budget and we were not in a big hurry. After one movie and one very interesting documentary about the wine industry in Bordeaux, France and a brief 20 minute stop in the middle of nowhere we arrived at the bus station in central Perth. 10 minute taxi ride round to pick up our next set of wheels and it was on the road south. At least we thought we were on the road south, it turned out to be the wrong motorway, we were heading back north….

I am directionally challenged.

Eventually after stopping at a garage, were the very helpful young mechanic photocopied off maps for us, and then calling out to a passing cyclist to verify we were in the right direction we found the Kiwani Freeway south.

Our delightful couch-surf hosts had a delicious meal waiting for us and we unwound with a glass or two of wine and got to know each other.

We spent 3 days exploring their area.

This fresh fruit and veg barn is only open weekends and had the freshest produce. Only locals would know of this sort of place

This fresh fruit and veg barn is only open weekends and had the freshest produce. Only locals would know of this sort of place.

Our transport waiting for us as we had lunch and explored Mandurah

Our transport waiting for us as we had lunch and explored Mandurah

One of the advantages of couch-surfing is you are told of the interesting places in the area. I have many more photos to show and tell about, this is just the preview of what is to come.

On our final day Graham and Marie took us on a tour of the area they live in and we finished at this small café with the most delicious cakes and BIG mugs of coffee.

But all good things come to an end and it was back on the road again slowly heading south for Margaret River. Now we are in caravan parks for a few days.

Today is raining so we are taking the opportunity to spend time in the local library using their internet.

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37 thoughts on “Quick update from on the road.

  1. thx for the update – many hugs ❤ ❤

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  2. poppytump

    ’tis all sounding so good PP … wonder where you are now …..

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    • G’day Poppy, nice to hear from you, we are in Perth for 3 days in an “airbnb” stay with internet, yee-haa… Tomorrow we fly to Canberra. So will soon be back with my blogging friends. See you soon. 🙂

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  3. Oh what an exxcellent adventure!! You live life so well my friend~

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    • Good to hear from you Cindy. We fly out to Canberra tomorrow so will be back with my blogging friends soon

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  4. Joan and Terry Watson

    Oh how I love getting lost, Terry says ” well we are retired anyway”x

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  5. Looks like you are having a lot of fun. What could be better?

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    • G’day Marsha thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I’m a bit late replying as we are on the road and not had many internet connections or time to blog, but will fly in to Canberra tomorrow and will then be back into the cyberspace. See you soon…

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  6. ha ha, somehow I knew you’d find the internet soon! We’ve had a little more rain and our coldest night last night, but glorious warm days.

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    • We are in Margaret River now with friends we made on the couch surfing circuit almost 10 years ago back then it was Global Freeloaders. Coolish in the evenings but have a wood burner in the lounge and a cosy bed. The van was a bit cool the 2 nights we slept in it!!!!!

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  7. Loving your adventures and mode of transportation too Pauline.. you get to see far more from the windows of a bus… Hubby and I travelled all over Europe in Bus tours and although they are marathon days up at dawn.. My you get to travel and see lots of amazing more places than just flying into an airport… Take care… and so enjoyed your photo’s…..
    Sue xox

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  8. I’m curious – if you have a camper van why did you need to couch surf? Or am I missing something? You two are so adventurous – house-sitting, surf-couching – you definitely have the wanderlust gene PP.

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    • Hi Jude the camper van makes it very versatile when travelling. But when it is cold or rains it is good to have a back up and couch surfing has lots of advantages, you meet locals who tell you the interesting places in their area, it is a dry bed and a home away from home for a few nights, and you often make lasting friends. We are now staying with couch surfing friends, (in Margaret River) we made in 2005 and this is the 3rd time we have visited them, they also have internet connection they let us use, so we can catch up with the blogging community… 🙂

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  9. Don’t forget to get some nice wine at Margaret River! Enjoy 😀

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  10. I too am, I call it geographically challenged, but all roads come out somewhere!

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  11. Sounds exciting. I’m also directionally challenged, but it usually works out okay in the end. 🙂

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  12. Joy Hall

    Lovely photos Pauline, sounds as though you are living it up!!! You might like to come to my exercise class when you come home!!!

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  13. Jodie

    Did you mean the Kwinana Fwy South?

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  14. What adventures!

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