13.03.2012 - 17.03.2012 32 °C
Final preparations are almost complete in advance of our departure from Fremantle on Sunday 18 March. We are now equiped, tested, trained, but also exhausted from a very hectic three weeks of preparations. We have moved countries and continents many times but I must admit that this time it has been particularly testing with a complete change in lifestyle and an extreme change in climate. One of our bedrooms in Dylta Bruk was about four to five times the size of our living space in the off-road camper and it takes some adjusting to the limited space and different way of living. This lifestyle also requires us to be very organised and very neat to enable us to enjoy it.
I have now finally equiped the Land Cruiser with everything we will need for the trip, including a state-of-the-art street and off-road satellite navigation system, a complete set of recovery gear, spare parts, spare fluids and tools. I have been very impressed with the performance of the Land Cruiser whilst negotiating the difficult 4WD training tracks last weekend and I have much more confidence for the different eventualities we might face on the trip.
We have now also tested all the features of the Quantum off-road camper-trailer and are now familiar with the details of the solar power system, the gas hot water system, the inverter system and also the satellite TV system.
We have been lucky to have friends in Perth that were kind enough to assist us with various parts of the preparations and we would like to thank William, Debbie, George, Francine, Julie, Pauline, Alison and Allan. Without their help, friendship and support it would have taken us much longer to prepare for the trip.
On Sunday we will say farewell to our friends and to Perth/Fremantle and we plan to be back here around May next year. Our first stop is in an independent country.....yes, very few people know that there is an independent country in Western Australia, the Principality of Hutt River, about 500 km north of Perth, but more about that in the next blog.
We will be heading for Cape Range National Park, a coastal park in the north-west cape of Western Australia about 1400 km north of Perth, with one night stop-overs at Hutt River and Carnavon. We will not visit the popular places like The Pinnacles, Kalbarri, Shark Bay and Coral Bay on the way because we have already visited these places previously when we lived in Australia and during our visits whilst we lived in Sweden.
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