Day 1- Kalgoorlie to Perth 602 km

After plenty of apprehension regards van weights and balance we left on Thursday January 9 2014 heading for Tamworth via Culcairn NSW. The Galbraith’s are not the experienced ‘Grey Nomads’ they will profess to be in 12 months but here goes.


The. Great Eastern Highway that stretches between Perth and Kalgoorlie is for both of us a familiar road having been born born and raised in Kalgoorlie add to that that 6 or 7 years teaching there – we call it our home town.


Not much has changed along the highway but we were happy with the tow averaging 17.2litres/100km which is about as good as I think we can do. Towing a Big Rig was noticeable from our first exploits some time ago in my bosses borrowed Jayco pop top. Not needing to be a genius we had to travel slower and use more diesel – lucky we are on salary sacrifice and not leave without pay or we couldn’t afford to get across the Nullarbor.


We arrived in Kalgoorlie just before sunset and yours truly completed a first – reversing the rig into the backyard of Julie’s Aunties house – mind you most peoples backyard in Kalgoorlie is bigger than our blocks of land in the city.


Pretty pleased with our achievements we were quickly reminded that this is an adventure – unforeseen circumstances will bite you when you least expect. One of the shackles had wedged itself rock solid underneath the tow ball  – for a man who doesn’t adventure down the D@T workshop at school too often – some heavy smashing – twisting and the occasional swear word did the trick – van rested – first beer down the hatch in 53 seconds – tomorrow we intend to tackle the Nullarbor and free camp mmm wait for the report.

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