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Browsing Archive: January, 2011

The cold hard stats, Mon 17th Jan

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, January 17, 2011,
Over the past 12 days I’ve noticed that Joe and I are often the youngest people ambling around national parks in a 4WD camper by atleast eighty years. It’s frightening that at any moment we’ll find ourselves wearing sandals and cargo shorts, drinking from a thermos and documenting kelp.

Just the other day whilst Joe was out surfing on an isolated beach at Shipwreck Creek (Croajingolong National Park, Vic) a nice old man appeared from nowhere and came ambling up to me with his camera...


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Mt Kosciuoszko is hard to spell, Wed 12th Jan

Posted by Penny Young on Saturday, January 15, 2011,
Like whippets, we were in the car at the crack of 9.05am (only 3 hours after our planned departure time). It drizzled thewhole way through the Bega valley and up to Cooma, where Joe bought a quality forest green $22 rain coat he affectionately named the rapist jacket. 

3 hrs after leaving camp we were standing in cloud and drizzle at Charlottes Pass, contemplating the 18km round trip. We’d driven all that way, and it seemed pointless to let a bit of rain get between us and Australia’s hi...


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The Southern Southern Coast of NSW, Tues 7th Jan

Posted by Penny Young on Saturday, January 15, 2011,
Bermagui follows a coastal road off the Princes Highway into another cute holiday village called Tathra.

 On an otherwise deserted road, a man in a fluro orange jacket was pushing an oversize buggy down the side of the road. Curious, we pulled over and met Andrew, a bold bloke from Sydney who’s walking around Australia to raise money for the Cancer Council. He’d set off on the 27th of December from Sydney and had already made it about 450 km down the coast, and raised about $1600. Bei...


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NSW. Stuff and Rain, Sunday 9th Jan

Posted by Penny Young on Saturday, January 15, 2011,
If there are two things that have already driven us to premature insanity it’s those; too much stuff and unrelenting, unseasonal rain.

Even before we left on our first real day of driving, it was clear that we were drastically overloaded, and it was making us both anxious. The first bane of our overpacking were two Crane Hinge fold up bikes from Aldi, which seemed to be taking the piss as much as our friends did when we bought them, overcrowding the back seat like a pile of spare wheel...


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Departure, Thursday 6th Jan

Posted by Penny Young on Saturday, January 15, 2011,
What a weird day that was. We were up at 5am after being plied with roast lamb and red wine at my parents the night before, and quickly made our way back over to North Bondi for the final farewell. However, with belongings still lying in uncategorized mounds around the boys’ house, it was never going to be a swift one.

The real bizarreness came with the film crew turning up to capture our friends and family as they bid a combination of sad goodbyes, hopeful messages and both subtle and ...


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So long Sydney, Wed 5th Jan

Posted by Penny Young on Saturday, January 15, 2011,
Yesterday I walked 3.2km from Burwood Station to my parent’s house in Concord. No big deal. I’ve walked it a million times in the last 8 years I’ve lived in Sydney after habitually missing the bus; usually hung over, hungry, heavy with bags, uni books and hatred for Sydney Buses and other public transport entities. The only difference was this was the last time I’d walk this route. And as I knew this would be my last opportunity to walk through the ‘wood I made whoopee with nostalgi...
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