I am still considering the journey from Brisbane to Melbourne, then across to Devonport by boat and a few days drive around the island of Tasmania, then from Melbourne to Adelaide and then back to Brisbane. Probably around 5000 kms, and I plan to go on my own.
Because I wish to attend an event in Launceston, Tasmania, on August 7th, I have to go at that time - when it is bitterly cold. My friends all want to warn me about the cold, but despite the fact that I suffer from Raynaud's Disease, I am keen to go there, by myself, and during winter.
Why not fly? Wouldn't public transport be better? Yes and No. I don't mind driving on my own, so I am not worried by such a long drive, and as I write for Weekend Notes I will be able to do some research possible articles on my way. I choose to drive only 300 - 400 kms per day, so that I can stop frequently and take notes and photos for articles.
If I went by public transport it means flying to Melbourne, or Hobart or Launceston, and not being able to visit all the towns along the way, and it means I will have little control over my travels, but worst of all, I will need two suitcases for my winter clothes, computer, cameras etc. Also, I suspect I will have to stand around waiting for taxis, buses etc, and more likely to feel the cold of Tasmania, Melbourne and Adelaide.
If I drive I will not have restrictions on my luggage, and I can turn the heater up in my car and keep warmer. I will also be able to put my fold up ebike in the car too!!
When I explain all this, my friends agree, but most don't think they would set out on such an adventure.
I was in China in December and February - and the temperature there was below zero on a couple of occasions, and I managed. My wonderful coat, made in China especially for me, is rather large. It would take up most of my suitcase, and I know it keeps me warm.
It will go in the car and will be easily accessible to me as I travel. Easy as!!!
Cost??? Well, it will be around $4000 - but I will be able to earn some dollars as I write my way around. Not enough to recoup my costs, but I am still keen to do it.
However, still in the planning stage.
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