Over the week and a half (2012 Easter holidays), my family took an epic never ending journeydrive across two Australian states.
Setting off at 4.00am on Maundy Thursday with 8 suitcases, sleeping bags, an Esky (the largest you could possibly buy ~ 95L Cooler) ~ full of supplies. Books, toys, 7 kids, 2 adults and not forgetting to mention the cat (we had no one to look after Mithrill).
Leaving in darkness (and after a quick breakfast), the van was silent. All 7 bodies (including myself) were slumped in their seats snoring away while hubby drove through dawn and then sunrise.
After about a 4+ hour drive and a fuel refill (sorry I don’t quite remember where we stopped on the map below) the journey continued then by crossing the VIC/NSW border from Wodonga into Albury.
|Melbourne (VIC) to Albury (NSW) Route Map|
Firstly if you are wondering about the vehicle we are travelling in, you can read here. And although it would appear to have plenty of room to space out the family ~ believe me when I tell you that a 49 seater bus probably wouldn’t have helped either.
As for the children; their behaviours vary from hair pulling, kicking the seat in front, punching, yelling, screaming, crying, sulking (all due to someone annoying another). We even had the above fuss because one child was singing either too much or too loudly and another child didn’t like it.
“GIVE IT, GIVE IT”
“ARE WE THERE YET”?
“HOW MANY MORE HOURS”?
“CAN I HOLD THE CAT, IT’S MY TURN NOW”
“GET OFF ME”
“SHE/HE HASN’T GOT A BELT ON”
(notice the CAPS were on for a GOOD reason and feel free to comment and leave a few more phrases below while you at it).
We had a stretch (kids ran around) and bite to eat and then I took over at the wheel until we got to the outskirts of SYD (with a stop here and there along the way to refuel), hubby then did the final leg in the CBD.
After 11 hours of driving, we arrived in Sydney at 3.00pm. Once all piled out of the car, unpacking was in order. Nothing left in the van apart from the remaining food scraps, rubbish and crumbs. The children had to take their suitcases to their rooms (at nonna and poppa’s house ~ my parents) THEN, they could run wild and release all stored up energy from the confinements of the car (even the cat could finally be free ~ actually she was the most well behaved and happily roamed the car, sat on laps or in her carry box).
Then that very same evening ~ Saturday night, the older girls, hubby and I went to the Midnight Mass service (Vigil for Easter) and were home around 2.00am Sunday morning.