11.02.2012 - 12.02.2012 29 °C
11 Feb. A significant day for me, not only marked by my 27th birthday, but also the day of me packing the last of my things in my car and saying my final farewells. I was more excited for the road trip ahead then trying to process what it all meant by closing this chapter of my life for a while. - I had been saying good bye to everyone for a week already so it just seemed like any other day. But as the road stretched further and the cane became less of a roadside feature, I knew that I wasn’t in Mackay anymore, Toto.
The first leg of the trip went fast, stopping in Rocky for some lunch, a free Birthday Boost juice and a quick check of my phone. I was definitely feeling the love with 30+ text and facebook messages filled with birthday wishes and summons for safe travels.
...whilst I perved on the shirtless boy specimens.
We checked into the Miriam Vale Motel expecting it to be cheap, nasty and noisy. Much to our delight, despite being sandwiched between a railway line and the highway, it turned out to be a sleepy country town with friendly people and comfortable beds.
Miriam Vale is also home to the big crab.
We went past several ‘big things’ on our journey – from strawberries, to cane toads, pineapples and bulls. My next holiday is totally going to be a road trip around Australia to tick more off from this list
The following day was an early start (why can’t I ever get up this early on a work day?!). This part of the trip seemed longer even though my accelerator foot magically turned to lead over night. We got to Mooloolaba in time for lunch, more beach time and childhood flashbacks whilst licking rainbow coloured icecreams. George decided to try his hand at karaoke and to cheat death at the Wharf.
Approaching Brisbane seemed a bit surreal, a lot more cars and multi-laned highways to navigate that I forgot existed. Fortunately, we got back in one piece
It feels weird to be home without a return plane ticket.