Gerringong, NSW, Australia to San Diego, CA, USA
11.25.2012 - 11.29.2012 65 °F
"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."
DUSTY TRAILS [BY THE NUMBERS]:
Over the last 9 weeks, we have traveled 13,000 kms (8000 plus miles) across 4 Australian states and 2 countries - Australia and Indonesia. We traveled 7 different ways throughout our trip, including Big T (Lukin's truck), Little P (scooter ride of our life), Zig Zag (our Whitsunday Catalina sailboat), the Prodive catamaran (our scuba dive live aboard boat through the Great Barrier Reef), Vintage bikes in Port Douglas, Airplanes between the islands of Indonesia, and of course, by foot and surfboard. We have conquered 2 natural wonders of the world - Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef, and seen more species of bird that you can imagine. We slept in a 2 man tent for 5 weeks, 2 boats over 10 days and the remaining 2.5 weeks in hotels - sometimes great, sometimes dodgy - all part of the adventure! We passed hundreds of Roadtrains and Roos, and possibly thousands of road kill (none done by us - except for the nightly bug squash). But the most impressive number for us was the amount of wonderful people we met along the way. If you have read our blogs along the way, thank you, it has been a lot of fun sharing this experience with you.
We have spent the last week back in Sydney and Gerringong, NSW visiting our good friends and neighbors. We are sorry we have been MIA, but perhaps this is the best lesson Australia has taught us - to stop what you are doing, put your computer down, and take time out for people you care about no matter how busy you feel. So this is what we did - making a stop first in Northern Sydney to visit the Gerrans - Ben, Tom, Kathy and Chris - and then to Gerringong to stay with the Bridgestock/Worral gang - Kate, Paul, Lola and Poppy. Both families were our cherished neighbors at 10 Fern Street in Gerringong - our very first home together. We enjoyed some final days on the beach, a trip to the Jamberoo Action Park (think waterslides!!), a Thanksgiving feast with the Gerringong Gang, last night dinner and beers with Nicko, a lot of laughs and a few final tears.
We say goodbye today to Australia - and the 3 years we have spent here. We have been so lucky to have the opportunity to explore this beautiful country, but more importantly, build a home and a life here. We will never forget Big Brekkies at the Deli after morning beach and surf time, late night dancing at the Kiama Hotel, trivia night with One Man Wolf Pack, sparkling shiraz, howling windstorms in winter, watching the Olympics in PJs next door with Unit 9, Thanksgiving footie and feast, Christmas in shorts, Friday night Zoobs, dingos, roos and wombats, beers at the King Street Brewery, surfing (and the journeys to find waves), skiing AUS and NZ, running the hills to Gerroa and back, sea shelling the back of Black Head Point, the Kiama Coastal Walk (10 times!), and the view from our home as the sun rises over Werri Beach and sets over Saddle Back Mountain - and how often, our neighbors were also on their porches admiring the same colors. Thank you to all of our dear friends, who took the time to show their country to a few curious Yanks. You have a special place in our hearts, and while our hearts are heavy now saying goodbye, we promise we will be back one day...NO WORRIES! Our home is your home, so please do not hesitate to come knocking...
p.s. Poppy - our #1 blog fan - we know you are reading this - we love you and miss you already! Keep smiling your beautiful smile.