We left the Drysdale's house EARLY this morning, since it was a long way to the airport and we had to fight work-week rush hour traffic. Chris was a dear again, as he and Elinor delivered us right to our terminal. It turned out to be a good thing we had loaded the car the night before, as we barely got there in time. As it was, the line was LONG, but in true Qantas style (US airlines could take a page or two from the Qantas book!) they called us up to get our boarding passes and check our bags just before boarding time - we got to bypass the line!
Today we were traveling from Brisbane, in the center of the east coast of Australia, to Perth, on the southwest coast, and then driving to Geraldton, about five hours north. Some of you may not realize that Australia is roughly the size of the US, so it was like flying from RDU to San Diego. And then driving to San Francisco. On the wrong side of the road! Here's a map to help you get a little perspective:
We had been warned about the 'road trains' and it wasn't long before we figured out why. You know those big tandem (piggy-back) semi-trailers that we have on the interstates here? Well road trains are TRIPLE and QUADRUPLE trailers, usually looking more like open boxcars that travel on this two-lane highway!! Thank goodness for 'overtaking lanes'!
We met Jenny's husband, Bob, and visited for a while, then sat down to a most delicious Australian favorite meal of lamb roast and vegetables. Nicole Kidman even picked her mum's lamb roast over Tom Cruise many years ago (she maybe should have stuck with that decision!) and we could see why! We had a nice custard for dessert and it was so much fun to get to know the MacKays!
Jenny and I headed for the computer room after dinner and shared some Storybook tips and visited facebook, and then it was time for bed. As you can imagine, we had another big day ahead of us!
Loving Western Australia (and its people) so far!