day four

Driving vast distances with only occasional radio reception allows plenty of space to reflect.

Sturt’s Desert Pea, my pic from the Arid Botanical Gardens in Port Augusta

When driving some follow all the rules, driving at the speed limit, rigidly staying on the straight and narrow … perfectly conforming to every societal expectation. At the end of life they often have regrets; wonder if that was all it was about; feeling a bit short-changed but unable to put their finger on it.

SA wildflowers, my pic

Others hurtle along at breakneck speed … sometimes they arrive safely but one day their disregard for the rules may cause a major accident. Possibly resulting in death or a catastrophic injury. Such an injury is a timely warning to not take life for granted; it teaches patience as recovery will take much time and effort. These people live hard and fast and wear the consequences of this choice, as do their loved ones … as it has a ripple out effect.

Then there are others who drift along, occasionally speeding, often taking the scenic route. Stopping to take in the view, the flowers, cloud formations or comical bird habits. They, like me, are a round peg in a square hole. Comfortable being themselves; living in the moment without needing to rigidly conform. They’ve taken time out to do what feels right; are comfortable in their own skin and are most grateful for having such a fulfilling life.

How your drive reflects your lifestyle, which in turn can give an insight into how things might turn out for you.

I am driving around 500 kms per day through vastly varying scenery. From dodging potholes large enough to swallow a car to dodging road kill – goats, kangaroos and wallabies, roos smaller cousins – cos if you’re unlucky enough to hit them they are impossible to clean out from your chassy and the stench will nauseate you every time you get in the vehicle for months … let alone a long journey like mine.

Had sunshine to pouring rain and flood waters then back to sunshine again. Add to that the icy cold snap that saw my roof lined with a thick sheet of ice in the outback. I’ve met some really delightful down to earth characters. Stayed in some weird and wonderful places … I love Nyngan, Petersborough and now Port Augusta. And I’ve only been on the road for four days. Best of all is the solitude; chanting my prayers out at the top of my lungs coz nobody can hear; just enjoying being one with the universe and not knowing what will unfold next. I’ve got some great wildflowers shots already … the Arid Botanical Gardens helped boost that collection.


And have finally accessed some very useful maps and accom. info so that I can plan a bit better. Stay healthy and happy, and think about the way you drive.

PS I love you all and know you’d like to comment, but I’m on the road and if you just make comments on other posts I will stop posting … sorry! Please leave me free to post and we can all have a good chat in a few weeks when I get home