Long Drive Home #fiction

I love our long red plains with salt-bush scattered and the odd shrub. Too sandy and dry for trees to really grow except the giant river red gums along the old dried creek beds.

Dead flat for several hundred kilometres in any direction a driver’s vision is riddled with mirages. The dead straight roads play havoc with our mind on that long drive home.

We don’t want to stop, we race the clock keen to be in our own bed. Probably too tired but far too excited to take a break … like that final gallop toward the home paddock we are no different from the horse!

Inspired by Carrot Ranch’s competition … photo courtesy of Atraxarta … beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder 


  1. Since I’ve driven on such these roads, I would like to have that feeling for myself. I wonder whether I will be asking for more or dust off my hands for good when journey ends up 🙂

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  2. Beautiful…the land, the photo of the land and your words!!! 🙂
    I’ve seen similar red dirt before and it always amazes me! ‘Twould be a wonderful place to call home! 🙂
    Hope you are getting all settled in! You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!

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  3. You made me think of other animal migrations and the long ways they travel.
    Today for the first time that I can remember anyway I saw an American Redstart warbler at a branch above on of my feeders. They generally migrate south for warmth for the winter.

    It is all in what we get used too – I rarely drive at night myself. Not that I couldn’t – just would rather not.

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  4. I agree with you, beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. I’ve never had the experience of driving through a desert, but I can still relate to your words. I do find beauty in simplicity and expansiveness.

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  5. A dear friend is returning home to Australia this coming November…another one returned almost two years ago…they’ve ignited a love for this country as have you…I hope one day to visit and see those wide red roads myself!

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