I am not sure when this dream began. A romantic desire to drive from Australia to England – arm out the car window, dust, shimmering horizons – has been simmering away for an age. Then life bursts open with marriage and children and all priorities change. But then it crept back with a different motivation. It wasn’t about us anymore. We wanted to open our daughters minds and to create an event that would be locked in our collective memories – that would be a reference point for us as a family. “Do you remember the time when…”
We also wanted to show our children how beautiful this world is. It’s not the depressing, pessimistic, hate filled world you see creeping into your room through the evening news. We see and hear the bad stuff but the world is filled with a whole lot more of the people who want to live and love and create a safe, peaceful, optimistic world for their own children.
So here we go – the five of us (Matt, Mel, Tully, Ellie & Zoe for those we don’t know) from Australia to England overland. Drive from Melbourne to Darwin via Sydney. Fly from Darwin to Dili then turn left. Hopefully we will turn up in England about a year later. If we don’t then we may have just stopped and set up life in the South of Spain.
Here’s to the road less travelled.