Like a week in the desert


Crowded House had it just right. There is nothing like a week in the desert to make you feel at home. Palm Springs sits in the Coachella Valley, which is part of the Colorado Desert. There are more National Parks than you can poke a stick at – San Jacinto […]


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After years of saying “Are we there yet?” the answer is finally yes. But as it turned out departing and even arriving can still be terrifying. Let’s talk first about the boarding process. Note to the people at United, no one understands what “Polaris” means. FYI it is their version […]

Status anxiety

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I remember the days when I travelled regularly and the dream of Gold Airline Status was a real goal. Now the only status anxiety I have is whether I’m positive or negative. And I’m pleased to announce: the result is negative. Christmas morning was spent driving around my local area […]

Reality sets in


Nothing like a jab in the arm with every vaccination under the sun to make this journey finally seem real. Reality sets in. I am really doing this. Yesterday I got the polio vaccine booster shot. I didn’t know Polio was still a thing. Next week I’m going back for […]

Avoiding Spanners


We have spoken of the Stephen Bradbury moment of falling just before the finish line. There are various other cliches that can assist me at this time of trying to get to the end. Avoiding spanners is right up there. To throw a spanner in the works is to prevent […]

Alpha and Omega

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Alpha and Omega – the beginning and end. So much of our lives in the past two years has been controlled by letters of the Greek alphabet. We thought Delta was the worst. Now there is omicron. Is this trip of mine ever going to take off? With 23 days […]

Are we there yet?

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Remember those family road trips to the old fibro holiday house or the caravan? Everyone crammed into a medium sized sedan, packed to gills with fishing rods, bait and eskies. And three kids in the back shouting all at once: “Are we there yet?” “Can I have an icecream?” “I […]

Moving on and on and on…


Once I tried to work out how many times I had moved house. I think it’s about 26 times. That includes living in three countries and a tent. No wonder I never felt like I was from anywhere. Well, not until I moved to the beachside village of Thirroul which […]

75 days to go


The countdown is on. With less than three months to go, it is starting to feel real, but still not soon enough. I want to enjoy the build up. But with my birthday next week, I guess it is not really 75 days, but just 7 days until the FOT […]

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