Tom & Matt’s Four-State Road Trip
Day 0 — Tuesday, 26th July, 2011 — Woonona to Gladesville, NSW

 

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Why Day Zero?

Today is not so much the beginning of our road trip as the end of the preparation. Today I travelled from my home in Woonona to Matt’s home in Gladesville, a journey of a whole 80 kilometres (50 miles). This is so that we can get an early start tomorrow for our first official day of the road trip.

But before the short journey there were all those last-minute preparations, of course. What do I think I will need if we break down miles from anywhere? But then, how am I going to fit it all (plus everything Matt wants to bring) in my little car? Decisions! Decisions!

 

The gear ready to go 

 

Someone once told me that you should decide on a bare minimum of what to take and then leave half of it at home. Hmmm . . .

But Eventually the zippers were pulled shut and the gear was all assembled, ready to be packed into the car. There is my big overnight bag in the front left. Over to the right underneath clothing is my indispensable car frig. The small pink box (actually red but the light has caught it) in front is my toolbox. At the back left is a fuel jerrycan (which we hope won’t come in handy) and other items include stuff for preparing lunches on the road — a lot cheaper than buying take-away (or take-out, as you Brits call it), a 20-litre water container (behind the jerry can) and my favourite pillow.

Yes, that is an axe in the front. It gets stored under the floor of the car boot and, again, we hope we don’t need it. I wonder if that goes on the list of what I should have left home.

 

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And so, at about 2:20pm on day zero, 26th July, 2011, I got into the car and departed. I called on Mavis to take this snap – her first ever attempt at using my digital camera.

The journey from my home to Matt’s is almost exactly 80 km (50 miles) but took me an hour and forty minutes because the last 20 km were in city traffic which often crept along with many pauses.

Then it was a case of debating with Matt as to how much of his gear we needed and how much of it we could actually fit in the car. He has a rather neat little gas cooker that folds up into the size of a largish text book but will boil a litre of water in just four minutes. Will be very handy for the coffee breaks (following the standard rule of taking a break on the road every two hours — or thereabouts) and could even cook us lunch at a pinch.

 

And so now we will try to get a good night’s sleep before an early start for tomorrow’s first official day (Day 1) all the way to Moree in the western New England area of New South Wales.

 

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