So here’s the thing. Christmas Day, I’m sitting at home staring down the barrel of yet another year spent thinking about lots of adventures I desperately want to do but can’t afford. Maybe it’s the rather nice Spanish jerez I’m sculling, but from somewhere very deep within something suddenly clicks: Fuck it, life’s too short. If you keep waiting till you have enough money, you’ll be sitting here till Doomsday! Within the week, I’ve handed in notice on my TV job (much to the chagrin of my employer!), on my rented Bayshore apartment…in short, on four years of life in Melbourne. That’s it – I’m off!
So what’s the plan, I hear you cry?! Well…Let’s just say it’s evolving by the day. No, really. First task is to drastically “downsize”. That means clearing out the contents of my flat, putting personal items into storage, selling the car, the furniture, getting rid of the cat… (oh hang on a minute, scrub that last one – I don’t have a cat!).
Then, somewhere swirling in the back of my brain – as yet not fully formed – is “The Plan”. Well, it’s two plans, actually. First is to take off with minimal luggage on my beloved Volty – yes, the Suzuki TU250X that has been my absolute joy and salvation since I purchased it a few months ago. I’ve put nearly 5,000kms on it from new so it’s well and truly run in, and I’ve got this idea of a kind of “last gasp Australia”, in which I’ll head across the country for an indeterminate amount of time and actually experience some of this vast continent I’ve been living in for the last few years.
Then again… After such a long time in Oz, I’ve a real hankering to head east for a while, to Europe. I’m craving history, culture, old buildings, speaking foreign languages, joie de vivre! After a couple of trips to Andalucía last year, I’m thinking of going back to hatch a plan that – surprise, surprise – also involves una moto! I’ve been looking at a particular motorbike there – the Suzuki Van Van – and reading about people crossing the Alps, Mongolia and other far-flung places on just such a bike. It looks like a kind of “off-road” version of Volty, with chunkier wheels and a more rugged set-up, and I’m thinking what an adventure it would be to buy one and ride through Europe, North Africa and beyond…
So there it is. I’d love to tell you the plan is more formed than it actually is, but there’s something rather delicious (if bloody scary!) about making it up as I go. Which plan I’ll plump for (or maybe I’ll do both!), I have no idea just now. All I know is, 26th Feb I have to vacate my apartment and hand back the keys once and for all – so I guess I’d better make my mind up by then, eh?! Maybe you guys can help me decide…
PS For anyone who’s wondering, yes I will still be at the Adventure Travel Film Festival 15-17 Feb! I’ve been working hard on the press and PR for it and wouldn’t miss it for the world! Come join us for a weekend of adventure and cold beer! 🙂
Very exciting Jeanie, well done, bet you’ll have heaps of fun!!
It is indeed very exciting – can’t wait to be out there in the world again, exploring! 🙂
I love it…. an relate so well to that… I am having a garage sale on last weekend of Feb with exactly the same intention..selling up stuff… and am deciding whether to do some locums around australia first or head overseas… I’ll see you soon for a celebration drink to new journeys….
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Sounds like you are in the same boat, that’s for sure! You don’t fancy joining up with me for a little ride round Australia then? 🙂
WOW… That takes a lot of gumption… I’m a little jealous! Actually a lot jealous. Keep us posted as the plan unfolds. I’ve got an idea… I’ll drop you an email later when I have more time. Have fun…
Stand by as I will posting more regularly now as the “plan” unfolds. Was at the bike shop today looking at luggage for Volty and how much I might be able to carry, so that feels like a step forward. 🙂
Watch this space…
Good for you Jeanne. I wish I could do the same. But I have a wife and family to care for. So my trips must, at least for now,be limited to 30 or so day trips.
I hear ya! I know I’m very lucky that I can just take off like this!
But hey, keep doing those day trips – they’re good for the soul. 🙂