Australia Day 2

IMG_0170It had just started raining on us when we arrived in Glen Innes so it was a mad dash to get our tent set up and our clothes out of the rain…other than that, our first night on the road we stayed warm and dry in our little tent.

At around 4 in the morning Camryn shot straight out of her sleeping bag “What the heck is that?”  it was a noise that we’d never heard before, and couldn’t identify.  We laid there for several minutes listening and trying to see what it may have been in the dark, then it would stop…a few minutes later it started again…It’s an impossible sound to describe but I’ll give it a go.  It sounded like monkeys in the trees laughing, but then there was this other sound that was like a 1980’s video game mixed with something I imagine my computer would sound like while imploding.  It ended up being a Kookaburra, Yellow Crested Cockatoos, and  few Magpies.  You can hear them at the beginning of the video below.

We were supposed to find a grocery store on our way to Glen Innes yesterday but because we ran so late we weren’t able to stock up on food or water…so as you might imagine our first thought was how are we going to make our coffee??  Oh Crap!  Luckily, Australia doesn’t have a shortage on cafés

After breaking down camp and loading up the bikes, then getting charged an additional $5.00, because I lost the shower room key, that I later found (in the pocket that I checked a hundred times) we hit the road again.

IMG_0130

Since we’re still traveling down the Great Dividing Range the scenery stayed pretty much the same as our first day, but still, pretty awesome.  It was a mixture of wide open plains, farm land, rocky hills, and dense forests.

We stopped for a quick break in the town of Walcha, where we (out of shear luck) stumbled upon a custom motorcycle/coffee shop across the street from were we parked.  The shop was called “Tinker”, and it had some of the most creative and unique bikes that I had ever seen.  We got the full tour, threw back another couple of flat white coffees, and quickly got back on the road.  I don’t know why we were in such a hurry.  Camryn and I have a tendency to fall into a “run and gun mentality” when traveling , we get so excited that we try and see everything at once.  Trying not to miss anything in the short time we are here, we probably ended up missing a lot.  Australia is huge.

IMG_0152

Through the rolling hills of Niangala and an endless number of Sheep and cattle ranches later we arrive in Murrurundi, NSW.   We’re staying at an AirBNB tonight known as Gillian’s Garden Studio.  The pictures online were amazing, but didn’t do the place justice.  It was a perfect little studio cabin that sat on top a hill overlooking the valley. The interior was beautiful, cozy, and comfortable. Gillian met us in the driveway as we rolled up, showed us where we could park the bikes and gave us the grand tour.  She had made jam and fresh bread with tea and coffee, and made us feel right at home.  I definitely recommend staying here.

Restoring our 1973 Airstream Sovereign Land Yacht Trailer

About 11 years ago my great Aunt gave Ben and I their 1973 Airstream for our family to use.  Now before you get all excited, the thing had been sitting out on a remote part of their ranch in Wyoming and then finally their barn for the last 35-40 years.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not one to say no thanks to such a wonderful gift.  It has, however taken us quite a bit of time to save up the money to make it usable.  Our journey to a (usable) Airstream is about to begin….or so we hope.  Here are a few,”before” pics…only the outside right now…

Here you can see the Airstream behind Wes.  This was taken in White Sands, NM. on our way back to Phoenix last summer

_MG_2213

You can see the outside closer up in the pic below…just some slight discoloration…but the inside we totally gutted to keep the insects and small vermin in TN where they belonged.

Here you can’t see but the inside is totally empty except for my bike!

_MG_2215

So over the last few months we have been diligently looking at blogs, going to RV Restoration places and even to an Airstream dealer right here in Phoenix.  There are so many things to consider and so many, many, many decisions to make.

So far no decisions have been made. We are still in the gathering information stage.  Check out the Airstream board on Pinterest.

Today I discovered Gone With the Wynns blog.  They are full time RV’rs with lots of information to share in a very fun and entertaining way.  They also have a YouTube channel…I binge watched all their episodes today!!  Thank you!

So if you know of any blogs we can read, experience you can share we would love to hear what you have to say.  We need all the help we can get.